I do love it when hateful, homophobic street preachers get drowned out by LGBTQ activists and allies.
But last Friday, these two musicians took it to another level.
It seems this bearded, blond homophobe was trying to inform the public passing through Union Square Park in New York City that “the homosexual community has the highest suicide rate of any group.”
Two student musicians, Julian Roel and Augie Bello, were also in the park and were not having the hate.
So they began to play their saxophones and made their way over to the street preacher.
Pretty soon the scene turned into something of a circus as one of the musicians, Augie Bello, got on his bicycle and began circling the preacher while playing his sax with one hand.
Filmmaker Nicolas Heller encountered the scene and whipped out his phone to film the wild scene.
Heller posted the video to his Instagram with the caption,”This strapping young gent (who clearly gets laid regularly) is preaching that the LGBTQ community is going to burn in hell, so @augie_bello and @roel.julian offer some foreground instrumentals. (Guest appearance by @arnold_daniel).”
Bello also shared the video on his Instagram account writing, “Today @Joel.julian and I were hanging and we stumbled upon some homophobic guy with a mic so we played over him. Shoutout to @newyorknico for capturing this moment.”
Queerty reached out to Bello who shared some more details about the encounter.
“What the video doesn’t show is what he said before we took out our saxophones,” said Bello. “He was saying all gays will burn in hell and that they will be in a ring of fire. So I looked at Julian and he looked at me and we instantly had the exact same thought, to drown out the hate with our saxophones.”
He added that he and Roel were amazed that the video went viral, but “it makes us extremely happy to see how much support there is for the LGBTQ+ community.”