Student goes viral after drowning out homophobic, racist demonstrator with his trombone
A US college student has gone viral after he used his trombone to drown out a homophobic and racist demonstrator on campus.
According to WLTX, Trey Hogan is a freshman at the University of South Carolina and a trombone player in the university’s band.
But when a demonstrator showed up on campus wearing a MAGA hat, holding a sign reading “BLM [Black Lives Matter] are racist thugs” and screaming racial and homophobic slurs through a megaphone, Hogan decided to put use his trombone to combat the vile hate speech.
Whenever the demonstrator began to speak, Hogan played his trombone as loud as possible, earning him cheers and applause from his fellow students.
Our students were not here to play today 😌 pic.twitter.com/aN5U8N4vTg
— sawyer (@saw__your) August 21, 2020
His loud yet peaceful protest was caught on camera by a fellow student, who posted it to TikTok where it has been viewed more than two million times.
Hogan said: “I just had the idea to drown his sound out with mine, so I got my trombone and… I was kind of hesitant at first, but then everyone supported it.
“He was saying some pretty hateful stuff, and I just didn’t agree with any of it.”
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The video of Hogan taking on the homophobic, racist demonstrator has earned the student national fame, as well as the nicknames “Trombone Guy” and “Trombro”.
He continued: “I didn’t really expect so many people to react the way they did but it feels really good, and it feels really nice to know that people are so supportive of what I did and they want to show their support to me.
“It shows that we support everyone here. It’s just not okay, and we don’t want that on this campus.”
Bob Caslen, the university’s president, wrote on Twitter: “The demonstrator on Greene St today may have a constitutional right to be there and say what he wants, but his words do not reflect the values and principles of our university.
“I applaud our University of South Carolina students who peacefully voiced their opposition to the hate he was spewing.”