I can’t imagine what it must have felt like for Gym Class Heros frontman Travis McCoy, to be standing on stage and have an audience member hurl racial slurs at you. What I can say is that I certainly sympathize with his plight.
Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travis McCoy was arrested last night in St. Louis on one charge of third-degree assault. The punk-hop group had just finished the first song of their Warped Tour set, “Peace Sign,” when a black audience member near the front row called the New York-based singer a “fucking ignorant nigger.”
McCoy calmly asked the man, “What did you just call me?” As security was removing him from the crowd, the frontman reached down and broke his microphone over the man’s head. McCoy immediately apologized for his reaction and said it wasn’t representative of him as a person. “I’m sorry. But when someone calls you something that ignorant and that offensive, you have to bash their head in with a microphone,” said McCoy. The audience cheered as the man in question was carried away by security. Local police are not releasing the victim’s name at this time.
McCoy was subsequently arrested and released on bail for assaulting the heckler. Tisk, tisk McCoy, but I’m glad you immediately realized the error of your ways. Next time, think before you act.
Hat tip: Rolling Stone