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WATCH: Subway Singer Uses 'Golden Ticket' to Drown Out Homophobia

WATCH: Subway Singer Uses 'Golden Ticket' to Drown Out Homophobia


One subway passenger was ranting against homosexuality and picking on a lesbian couple, so a fellow rider decided to sing over the hate.

That's the ticket -- a golden ticket! A New Yorker irritated by the rudeness of a fellow subway passenger decided to sing over the man's antigay rant.

Every urban public transportation rider encounters the occasional uncomfortable situation, but Rob Maiale's solution was delightfully playful: a rendition of the "I've Got a Golden Ticket" song from the children's film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

BuzzFeed reported the story, with Maiale explaining how his fellow passenger's behavior escalated to the point that he felt he had to take a very whimsical action (with some physical flourish) to counter it. Here's what Maiale had to say:

I was riding the M train in from Bushwick when this man (who I've seen bothering riders before) begin preaching to passengers. Initially he was going on about fornication, okay fine. Then he started denouncing same sex relationships. It's an unpopular opinion in New York and it irritated me a bit, but I understand 1st Amendment rights, and didn't say anything. Then, his "preaching" shifted from a broad audience to a lesbian couple with their child. Asking, "What are you going to tell that child when he asks why you're living in sin and going to go to hell?" I decided that this guy wasn't going to get to talk anymore.

I myself and neither religious, nor gay, but if you want to live in this city, you need to learn how to be civil.

Watch video another passenger snagged of Maiale as the singing subway rider:

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