The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus said they were forced to remove their clip A Message From the Gay Community, in which they joke about the “conversion” of children after receiving several death threats.
The satirical video plays on the homophobic notion that the gay community seeks to convert children and flips the idea by suggesting that it will convert them into tolerant and open-minded people.
The video, which has been withdrawn, begins with a serious message from a backing vocalist: “As we celebrate the pride and progress we have made in recent years, there is still work to be done,” he said as he watched. the camera. “So, to those of you who are still working against equal rights, we have a message for you. “
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Sings “A Message From The Gay Community”
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Forced To Take Down Music Video For “A Message From the Gay Community” After Members Receive Death Threats
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus released a statement regarding the satirical song
He then starts singing while singing “You think we are sinners, you fight against our rights, you say we all lead lives that you cannot respect, but you are just afraid, you think we are going to corrupt your kids if our diary ain’t checked, funny, just this time you’re right, ‘
Lyrics for “A Message From the Gay Community” by The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
You think we are sinners, you fight against our rights, you say we all lead lives that you can’t respect, but you just scared you think we will corrupt your children, if our agenda is not not controlled, funny, just this time you’re right
We’re going to convert your kids, it’s happening little by little, smoothly and subtly, and you’ll hardly notice it, you can keep them out of the nightclub, warn from San Francisco, make them wear pleated pants, we don’t care, we will convert your children, we will make them tolerant and fair
Just like you worry they will change group of friends, you won’t approve where they go at night (to protest), oh and you will be disgusted (so disgusting), when they start to find things online , that you kept out of sight (like information), guess what? You will always be fine!
We will convert your children, Reaching each and every one, There really is no escape, Because even grandma loves RuPaul, And the world is getting nicer, Gen Z is more gay than grindr, Learn to love, Learn how to vogue, Face your fate! We will convert your children, someone must teach them not to hate
We come for them, We come for your children, We come for them, We come for them, We come for your children, For your children, Your children will care, Fairness and justice for others, your children will work to convert
All their siblings, So soon we’re almost certain. Your children will start to convert you!
The gay agenda is coming home The gay agenda is here!
But you don’t have to worry, Because there is nothing wrong with being by our side (The gay agenda) Get on board fast, Because the world always needs, A little more pride ( The gay agenda)
Come on, try some pride!
We will convert your children, Then we will turn to you, Letting go of the fear inside, It’s liberating like you never knew!
Go see San Francisco! Go set up this disco! You will forget that you were never upset, we will convert your children
And make yourself an ally again!
We will make you an ally again!
We will make you an ally again!
Then the song focuses on satire, as the singer sarcastically sings “We are going to convert your children, it’s happening little by little, softly and subtly, and you hardly notice it”
“You can prevent them from going out to nightclubs, warn them against San Francisco, make them wear pleated pants, we don’t care, we will convert your children, we will make them tolerant and fair,” he continues.
The video was generally well received, but the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus said they got a furious reaction from some conservatives who seemed to miss the irony of the lyrics.
“They took the lyrics out of context to support a narrative that suits their intolerant and hateful needs,” a statement from the choir said. “It is obvious that ironic humor is lost on many. As a result, we have seen user comments on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram become increasingly alarming. The emails to individuals and the choir office are vitriolic, including threats of harm. ‘
The group, who said they were dedicated to being “role models” who “spread the message of love” made the video private after the singers featured in the video received death threats and said they were working with the authorities.
“It was a difficult decision, because we are an organization whose mission is really both artistic but also activist,” Verdugo told Yahoo Life. “We are the first gay male choir on the planet. … We are a social justice organization… so it is very difficult for us to decide to remove this video. But the soloists – who are not part of the choir but, in their own right, rising stars of Broadway, have received death threats.
The video, originally posted on July 1, has been made private, but people on social media are still reacting to the song.
“I hate it when these creeps call things ‘A Message from the Gay Community.’ No. Most of us are sane and don’t want anything to do with this awake madness. FFS stays away. people’s children. It’s not smart or funny. It annoys everyone, “someone tweeted.
Someone else posted: “What kills me is that gays have always fought against ‘conversion’ … stating that it is not a choice … but all of a sudden, they think they can convert straight people to homosexuals … the choice … you can’t have it both ways, ppl … get over it … ‘
One person simply tweeted, “Sick so sick,” in reaction to the song.
While another tweeted: “This will hurt the gay community tremendously! Can’t they see this? What fools they are. So much hard work undone, with just one song … ‘
Choir director Chris Verdugo said the backlash was unexpected and told The Advocate that the song was actually originally commissioned by the Oakland Symphony about four years ago.
“We had performed the song before and played it for several years, and obviously to a friendly audience who weren’t just into the joke, but who loved the song,” he said.
But once the video was picked up by Alex Jones and his Infowars news site, the group was inundated with messages accusing them of having nefarious intentions with the song, the Advocate reported.
The accusations perpetuate nefarious myths that imagine that there is a “gay agenda” – the idea that homosexuals recruit young people, and many others.
“It’s a trope that keeps being peddled, and this country is more divided than it has ever been,” Verdugo told Yahoo Life. “But if you’re a rational person, you realize, ‘Oh, that’s a satirical song returned to him. “