A young busker hit all the right notes when he sent a homophobic preacher packing during Sydney Mardi Gras celebrations in Pitt Street Mall.
Axel Winter, 24, has found social media fame after drowning out a preacher who was shouting “very derogatory, hateful words about gay people” with a rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun.
As the preacher shouted anti-gay slurs and waved his Bible around, Winter said people began surrounding the man and were “getting aggressive”.
Setting up behind the preacher, he told the angry crowd to “ignore the words of hate and sing some words of love”.
“He was saying some very demeaning things, like ‘today, God hates you the most if you are a homosexual,’” Winter told The Independent.
The busker thanked those who were there on Saturday to help “take a stand for equality”.
“Yesterday, a man tried to yell hateful religiously inspired things about gay people in Pitt Street mall,” he wrote on Facebook at the weekend.
“So, myself and the other buskers moved my stuff behind him and drowned out his negativity. The crowd cheered and sang along and soon enough he was gone.
“Whether you’re homosexual or transgender or even just confused, you’re still my friend. Bless you people, bless you.”