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Headline of the day: DJ Beaten For Playing Too Much 'Gay Music'


“Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” incites violence. Can the offender claim “gay panic” defense, lolol? None of those teenyboppers in the 80s thought there was one queer bone in Wham’s body, right?

Andrew Cleeson says he was just playing the music people wanted to hear at a dancehall in Dorset. But, for construction worker Roy Nash there was just too much “gay music” being spun.


When Cleeson started playing the Wham! hit Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Nash, 48, charged the DJ booth, crashing over the turntables and headbutting Cleeson. The shocked DJ received a broken nose. Wham! was composed of George Michael, who is gay, and Andrew Ridgeley, who is not.


Cleeson says he was playing a string of hits from the 1970s and 1980s, when Nash first came to the booth to complain about the music being “too gay”. But, the DJ says he didn’t take the criticism seriously. When someone asked for the old Michael tune he complied and Nash “went berserk”.

In court, Cleeson’s attorney, Ian Graham admitted his client “had a lot to drink and alcohol tends to bring out the worst in him.”

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