Gift Giver: “If We Were Homophobes We Never Would Have Had A Homosexual Join Into Our Band”


Gift Giver bassist Troy Wilson recently exited the band amid a physical altercation with members of the group and claims that the band were homophobic (read his statement here.) The band themselves have now responded to the claims with their own statement, offering:

“Sorry for the delay in getting you guys a statement- we have been in Canada and relying on wifi.

Last night in Edmonton, our (ex) bassist Troy Wilson got drunk and decided to headbutt our lead guitarist Nick Miller in the back of the van for no good reason. None of us have ever been physical with each other, and this was completely unacceptable. It escalated quickly and we pulled the van over to the side of the road. Everyone got out to break it up- which ended in Troy storming off. We have noticed Troy becoming increasingly unstable and aggressive lately. Mentioning wanting to fight people, etc. Probably because of his drinking and/or recent drug abuse. He has even mentioned feeling mentally unstable to us in the past.

I believe he’s just trying tarnish our reputation for kicking him out of the band due to assaulting another band mate. Our problem was ONLY with Troy and his tour etiquette. Never his sexuality or anything remotely close to that.

The dispute started over Nick describing a store near the venue- by saying “the store with the gay pride shit in the window”. Which apparently hurt Troys feelings enough to headbutt Nick in a drunken rage. When Nick said the word “shit”, it was meant in the same context as “where is my shit”?

As far as making “gay” jokes or saying the word “fag”- we have no problem with homosexuals whatsoever. Your sexual preference doesn’t involve any of us. Troy would actually call all of US “fags”, and make jokes about being gay all the time.

Some of us come from a different place/time. When I was younger it wasn’t as touchy as it is now days. But lately it seems like people tend to blow things out of proportion because they want attention.

The fact that we are being called “homophobic” is outrageous honestly. Gift Giver has never been, and never will be “homophobic”. In fact, if we were homophobes- we never would have had a homosexual join into our band. Plain and simple. When we first met Troy last summer, we even attended a pride festival in Denver, CO together.

In conclusion, we want to thank anyone who continues to support us as a band, and is wise enough to not believe everything on the Internet.

If you guys still want to believe we are homophobes, wait until we drop our next video!


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