DJ Fired After Gay Men’s Chorus Mishap Plays Pride

DJ Artform was fired by the Padres after he incorrectly played the track of a woman singing when the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus took the field to sing the National Anthem

Two months after the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus took the field to sing the National Anthem at Petco Park, the DJ who accidentally hit the recording of a woman singing instead, is now playing at the San Diego Pride festival.

The Padres fired Art Romero (known as DJ Artform) after the incident in May sparked a backlash, but later rehired him when the Gay Men's Chorus accepted Romero's apology and asked the Padres to give him second chance.

“I'm really glad to go back to the community of San Diego and show myself again with the LGBT community in solidarity,” DJ Artform said Saturday. 

The Pride festival kicked off Friday with music and dancing in Hillcrest and performances in Balboa Park that included the Gay Men's Chorus.

DJ Artform played Oscar Wilde Irish Pub Saturday night. 

“Given what happened...I think it's very fitting that he should come here to play in Hillcrest,” co-owner of the pub Kevin Gallagher said. 

The Pride Music Festival continues through Sunday, and DJ Artform will be on the movement hip hop stage.

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