A video showing a group of New York Yankees fans singing a virulently homophobic song accusing gay men of spreading AIDS has prompted action from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Sung to the tune of "YMCA," the song, reportedly sung for years, calls gay men sinful. The video, which was first posted on Outsports, shows a group of men singing it to two other men, possibly fans of the Yankees' opposing team.
The song's lyrics are as follows: Gay man, get up off your knees... I said gay man, you will catch a disease... I said gay man, don’t touch me please... because you have got a disease... Gay man, wipe that sperm off your chin... I said gay man, what you do is a sin... I said gay man, I won’t let you in... because you have got a disease... Why are you gay?... I saw you sucking a D-I-C-K.
GLAAD discovered the video this week and contacted Yankees management. GLAAD issued the following statement: "We reached out to the Yankees, and were extremely pleased with their reaction. Yankees spokesperson Alice McGillion told us 'the Yankees have zero tolerance for this and any kind of abuse.' She said that security in the bleacher sections of the stadium will warn fans, before Y.M.C.A. is played, that any type of homophobic abuse 'will not be tolerated' and she assured us that any fans who take part in this ugly bullying will be ejected from the game."