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Yale Glee Club Pommeled En Masse

Dozens of assailants assaulted the Yale barber shop quartet at a party in San Francisco.

That must have been some really bad singing. Very strange……


  1. #1 J-Dog
    January 10, 2007

    Wow. I was going to make a joke about who doesn’t hate barbershop quartets, or this being from the Onion, but the Boston Globe is also reporting this, so it must be legit.

    Bad stuff.

  2. #2 Shelley Batts
    January 10, 2007

    Apparently they were also called rude homosexual slurs. In San Francisco.

    If you are a bunch of thick necked bigots, wtf are you hiring the wippenpoofs to sing at your new years eve party for???

  3. #3 Roy
    January 10, 2007


    Disclaimer: Assault isn’t funny.

    That being said: You’d think if someone is going to beat up a group of performers, it’d be mimes taking the hits. Nobody likes a mime.

    But an acappella group?

    Also, heh… Aziz’s quote is awesome. “Besides any bruising or scrapes to the face, the main injury I suffered was I broke my jaw in two places.”

    Oh, is that all? Okay. Cool, man.
    Like a jaw broken in two places is secondary to the bruising or scrapes to his face.

  4. #4 ThePolynomial
    January 10, 2007

    Hey Shelley, as a former Yale singer, I just want to make a couple of distinctions: The guys attacked were the Baker’s Dozen, an a cappella group of, well, more men than their name would suggest. The Whiffenpoofs are a different group–all senior–and the Yale Glee Club is a mixed choir of about 80 (yay, YGC!)

    Pretty hideous that this happened. Best of luck to the guys with their recovery and their case.

  5. #5 Shelley Batts
    January 10, 2007

    Thank you for the distinction! It IS hideous, and rather unbelieveable. :/ I thought SanFran was *nicer*.

  6. #6 Mike the Mad Biologist
    January 10, 2007

    Actually, it appears to be a case of gay bashing (apparently, men who sing acapella are TEH GAY).

  7. #7 Charlie (Colorado)
    January 10, 2007

    Members of the a cappella Baker’s Dozen were performing at a party in San Francisco at the new year when their rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” apparently sparked taunts and threats from fellow partygoers.

    As the group left the house, they were attacked by dozens of assailants, suffering scrapes, black eyes and concussions, said Connecticut’s News Channel 8.

    Doesn’t sound like gay bashing was the issue. In fact, the article at Mike’s link looks loike they had to rather look a long time before they found an “acceptable” reason for it, when the obvious reason is right under their nose.

  8. #8 Michele
    January 10, 2007

    The local SF paper said the attack happened outside the home of 2 prominent police officers. Worse, the attackers included graduates from one of the city’s oldest and best known private schools.

    The daughter of the police officers was hosting a New Year’s Eve party for the Baker’s Dozen as they were here as part of a west coast tour. Apparently after singing the Star Spangled Banner, some uninvited guests started in with the gay bashing (I guess because the singers were wearing “preppy” attire). The singers left the party to return to their host homes down the block. Then one of the uninvited guests (son of a prominent family) called his friends and they attacked the singers as they walked down the street.

    I’m surprised that this wasn’t in the paper earlier. It is shocking and hideous. I think it only came out because Aziz’s father is putting the pressure on the SF police and mayor’s office to make sure the attackers are apprehended.

  9. #9 Tara C. Smith
    January 10, 2007

    Holy cow. A capella groups at Yale are practically the equivalent of frats–except more competitive to get in, and the BD’s are one of the best. So it definitely wasn’t because of their bad singing. Crazy…

  10. #10 anonimouse
    January 11, 2007

    Holy cow. A capella groups at Yale are practically the equivalent of frats–except more competitive to get in, and the BD’s are one of the best. So it definitely wasn’t because of their bad singing. Crazy…

    True dat. A really close friend of mine (she was a bridsemaid in my wedding, actually) was in a couple of a capella groups at Yale, and getting into those groups is shockingly similar to how “rush week” works for fraternities at most other universities. Except it’s quite a bit more competitive.

  11. #11 Cameron
    January 11, 2007

    Baker’s Dozen clip

    Not bad…wonder what the odds in the fight were.

  12. #12 Ole Blue
    January 11, 2007

    I read an article that stated that no arrest were made. Seem the singers got the raw end of the deal. I just find it somewhat funny that this happened in San Francisco since people tend to think of San Francisco in a much different sterotypical light.

  13. #13 Brian
    January 11, 2007

    Just because there’s a large gay community in SF doesn’t mean they have it easy. Remember Harvey Milk!

  14. #14 Shelley Batts
    January 11, 2007

    Brian, thanks for linking to Milk’s wiki bio. I hadn’t ever heard of him, but what happened to him was really a terrible thing. And you’re right: bigotry is everywhere. I really hope they found the people responsible, in this case, and throw the book at them. Shouldn’t be tolerated in America at all.

  15. #15 steve
    January 12, 2007

    I would have thought this a lot more funny if they got beat up at yale – instead of some random place… ugh i don’t like those groups – its just baaad music.

  16. #16 steve
    January 12, 2007

    ohh yeah.. and if it was over bad music… not the whole gay thing.

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