In a video uploaded to Facebook, stretching more than nine minutes long, Alec Brian offered his response to stinging criticism he’s faced since attending a party of, attendees claimed, at least 30 people.
The WOW Report posted about the so-called “Rona Rave” that occurred May 4, sparking criticism from the LGBTQ community and social media blasting.
The circuit DJ explained in his video statement that he accepted the gig as he “needed the money” as he is unemployed. He accepted that he put his own and attendees’ lives at risk by doing so, but didn’t directly apologize.
“We all took that chance, and made that… made that… that… thought and chose to do that,” and added that he flipped the payment from the party to donate 300 face masks to frontline responders.
…when I left that party, I went right back to putting my mask on and gloves on” doing little to tamper outrage online.“
Brian began his video by giving a:
“Huge, big shout out, thank you, to our first-line, front men, working-class that are out there slaving away to keep our lives safe.
Thank you for your hard work and for putting your lives at risk for us to able to live.”
Brian explained that he was approached to DJ the party at 9pm on the night it took place and that
“in the spur of the moment, [he] made a stupid decision and agreed to DJ this party”.
Brian reasoned that after not doing the things he’s supposed to be doing to limit the coronavirus,
“I went right back to putting my mask on and gloves on and doing everything he was supposed to be doing, social distancing, et cetera”.
Decrying detractors, he called out “influencers” who are
“behind your keyboard calling me a clown […] calling me a clown, bashing me down, that doesn’t make you much better than me”.
But, as one Facebook user said:
“[To be honest] someone calling you a clown is completely different than throwing a party during COVID-19 where people are dying and in comas.”
At the time, Brian confirmed on Instagram that he attended a “small house party” on May 4. He claimed to be wearing a face mask, although, mobile phone footage showed Brian DJing with a mask hanging loosely around his neck.
“I have been taking all precautions to socially distance, wear a mask and hand washing very seriously to stop the spread.”
You can watch the video here or below.
DJ Alec Brian from the NYC’s Meth Gala made the 2nd to worst decision when he chose to DJ at that party…with the worst decision being this apology video. I — https://t.co/kRqRTmcKLE— Kacey Musgraves’ Stan (@hello_itsbi) May 11, 2020
People are fucking dying left and right and the gays are having full on house parties on a Monday night in NYC. JAIL pic.twitter.com/6f8Q2YzAJf— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) May 5, 2020
(via Pink News)