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Watch This Student Drown Out Homophobia With a Trombone

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What do you do when you hear someone espousing racist, homophobic rhetoric? Well, you drown it out. That, according to the University of South Carolina's "Trombro" who recently used his trombone to overpower an anti-Black Lives Matter activist.

"I wanted to use my sound to overpower his sound because he was saying some pretty offensive stuff," Trey Hogan told WLTX News 19. "It was very racist and very homophobic and I just didn't agree with it."

The protestor had come to campus, which is near the State House, carrying a sign that declared "BLM are racist thugs," while yelling on a loudspeaker. Hogan, who is a freshman and member of the school's band, became a part of a growing group of students who peacefully surrounded and protested the actions. Many chanted "Black Lives Matter" in response.

At one point, Hogan blew his trombone, and after encouragement from others, continued to blow it in an effort to drown out the rhetoric. The resulting video went nationally viral with people offering to send him pizza as well as cash -- he denied the money but was up for the pizza. In the wake of the video blowing up, Hogan joined Twitter to watch all the action.

This of course isn't the first time something like this has happened. Last year a set of street performers decided to drown out a homophobic streetside preacher. Their weapons of choices: saxophones.

Can somebody turn that up!

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.