Group blasted for ‘we’ll convert your children’ song . . .
The San Francisco Homosexual Men’s Chorus is receiving significant backlash after posting a music video online, detailing how the group will “convert your children.”
The song was originally posted as “A Message from the Gay Community.” The outrage from conservative media and such commentators as author Dinesh D’Souza, appears focused on the lyrics about “converting” children and how “we’re coming for your children.”
The song was allegedly “tongue-in-cheek humor,” according to a message posted on the Chorus’s website, sfgmc.org. But the song and its references to targeting children is anything but funny to some.
“As a result, we have seen the user comments on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram become increasingly alarming,” reads the SFMGC statement, which is attributed to artistic director Dr. Tim Seelig, executive director Chris Verdugo and board chair Glenn DeSandre. “Emails to individuals and the chorus office are vitriolic — including threats of harm.”
The video was originally posted on July 1, but SFMGC has since made it private so that it cannot be viewed by the general public.
“We feel the first action we must take to keep everyone involved with the chorus and the making of this video safe is to turn the video to private,” the statement reads.
“We’ll convert your children,” one vocalist sings. “Happens bit by bit. Quietly and subtly. And you will barely notice it. You can keep them from disco. Warn about San Francisco. Make ’em wear pleated pants. We don’t care. We’ll convert your children. We’ll make them tolerant and fair.”
The same vocalist later adds: “Just like you worried, they’ll change their group of friends. You won’t approve of where they go at night.”
One journalist for conservative publications called the video “sick” because the chorus boasts about “converting” the children of conservatives.
The video is now available here 👇 https://t.co/URtmwIn93q
— Jack Hadfield 👍🇬🇧 (@JackHadders) July 8, 2021
As of Friday morning, the song could still be seen through some social media accounts, but that the Chorus hopes to change that soon. A statement on the SFMGC website says, “our social media and marketing staff are working around the clock to alert moderators at YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and to file DMCA’s (take down of websites featuring stolen content). So far, this has been very successful.”
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