Carlos Santana Apologizes for Anti-Trans Rant at Concert

Musician Carlos Santana offered up an apology following an anti-trans rant he gave at a New Jersey concert in July.

In the strange rant, Santana told the audience that “a woman is a woman and a man is a man.”

“That’s it,” he added. “Whatever you wanna do in the closet, that’s your business.” 

On Thursday, he issued a statement on Facebook, apologizing for his remarks.

“I am sorry for my insensitive comments,” Santana, 76, wrote in a statement on Facebook. “They don’t reflect that I want to honor and respect all person’s ideals and beliefs. I realize that what I said hurt people and that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to the transgender community and everyone I offended.” He went on to say: “I want to honor and respect all person’s ideals and beliefs whether they are LGBTQ or not.”

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In contrast, an incident at an August 3, West Palm Beach concert showcased David Draiman, singer of Disturbed, who spoke of bringing people together through music. Draiman was comforting a young girl who he asked to join him on stage because she was singing all the lyrics to the songs.

From a video posted to Reddit,  ‘What happened was the little girl was singing all the lyrics and David invited her to come onstage with him and she freaked and started bawling. He immediately stopped the show and went down to talk to her.’