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UPDATE: FOX28 talks to South Bend DJ who went viral

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A video a South Bend radio DJ recorded has now gone viral.  DJ Artimis works the night shift at U93.

In the video, Artimis says someone called the station repeatedly to complain about the song "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. DJ Artimis recorded one of the phone calls and posted it online.  The video has gone viral and has even made it to buzzfeed.com.  The video has also been mentioned by the Huffington Post, PerezHilton.com, PinkNews in the UK, and more.

Macklemore's "Same Love" is about homosexuality.  In the lyrics it states, "It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference."  In the video recorded by DJ Artimis, the caller says he doesn't like the song because, "I am a Christian.  I am a God-fearing man and I know those gays don't have no place in America."  DJ Artimis tells the caller, "God accepts all people."  The caller disagrees.

Thursday when FOX28's Melanie Yuill spoke with DJ Artimis he said, "We get crazy calls all the time."  He said it's when one of those callers kept calling that he decided to record it.  "It was like I'm going to record this cause no one will believe me."

DJ Artimis posted the video from the phone call on his Facebook page.  "When I put it out there I thought maybe 100 people would click Like," said Artimis.  It went way beyond that.  "It just bloomed into this huge viral video."  The video's now racking up thousands of likes and is getting attention internationally on the web.  Artimis said, "I didn't expect it to go viral.  Is it great that it did?  I think it is because it send a positive message."

U93's Program Director, Rob Sparks, said he's ok with the attention too, although he wasn't expecting it either.  Sparks said he did ok the video being posted online.  "He actually let me see the video first and I let him go ahead and put it on."

Why?  Sparks said, "we had the opportunity to try and open up a healthy dialogue."

And as for some who are skeptical the call may be staged, Rob said this is no prank.

 

What do you think about the video?  Was Artimis right to post it on his Facebook page?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

And to Craig, the caller, if you're out there, we'd love to hear from you.  Contact our newsroom at 574-679-4545.

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