If this isn’t the strangest controversy we see this month, I’ll be very surprised. A bizarre incident involving the San Diego Padres, a gay men’s choir, and the national anthem has caused a storm of outrage.
The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was invited to sing the national anthem before the Padres took on the L.A. Dodgers on Saturday. As the Chorus was preparing to begin, a recording of a woman singing the anthem began loudly playing over the sound system at Petco Park. The recording continued to play through the entire anthem, effectively drowning out any sound coming from the choir.
The strangest part was that no one did anything to correct it while it was happening. It seemed pretty obvious that this was not what was supposed to be happening, so why didn’t someone in the sound booth cut the sound and have the choir start over? Whatever the reason, someone clearly messed up, but I highly doubt it was intentional. The Padres responded to the incident on Saturday night by quickly tweeting out an apology.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 22, 2016
Okay, someone made a mistake. Not that big of a deal, right? Everyone should be able to move on, and maybe the chorus can be invited back to perform at a later date, right? Wrong.
See, this is 2016. In the era of micro-aggressions, safe spaces, and nonstop manufactured outrage, someone getting their feelings hurt is a major emergency that calls for drastic action. The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus posted a lengthy Facebook status on Sunday morning that almost reads like a parody.
In case you don’t want to read all of that (I don’t blame you), let me pull out this incredible highlight for you:
“With this as background, we call on the San Diego Padres and Major League Baseball to immediately launch a full and transparent investigation into the incident to determine if someone or some people intentionally engaged in anti-gay discrimination or a hate crime by playing a female’s voice to represent a group of gay men with the purpose of denigrating and/or ridiculing gay men. The historic significance of such an act is not lost on the LGBT community—especially in relation to professional sports—and added to the depth of embarrassment experienced by the singers and their families.”
Yes, you read that right. The SDGMC is concerned that this may actually be a hate crime. Even if for some crazy reason this anthem mishap was done intentionally by someone, calling it a hate crime seems to be about a 10,000% overreaction.
Let’s hope common sense prevails in this one and no one ends up going to jail because members of a gay men’s chorus got their feelings hurt.