He eventually took it down, and was going to publish Nadje’s email about what it is like to learn trumpet as a woman. What are the obstacles. And I was getting excited about talking about it too because sexism (whether it’s real or perceived) might be an obstacle for a lot of people to getting gigs.
So he posted a blog post with that comment as the headline, and inside the blog it said that we think women can play just as well as men. And here is an example. And it pointed to the podcast.
Well, even though he meant it as a compliment she didn’t take it as a compliment. And she didn’t appreciate his sense of humor. She was livid.
And our partner, Troy Dowding, quit and went online and started to publicly denounce us and make it look like we are sexists. And then a bunch of people have rallied around him to point out how horrible and in-pc we are. And hilariously it didn’t take long before all the people bragging about how feminist they were started questioning whether I knew what end of the horn to put my mouth on.
After all the controversy surrounding that one comment, the guy who made it apologized to me and said he didn’t mean it to come out like that. He was genuinely curious and surprised to see a woman player. He’s an old guy who put the horn down for 20 years and now is trying to play again and he doesn’t have his teeth anymore. So he’s not a threat and he didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings. And he doesn’t speak English very well so I seriously believe that it just came out the wrong way, so I forgave him 100%.