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An Apology From The Maker of "Homosexual Cleansing"

The following message was just left in the comments of yesterday's post and was also emailed to my YouTube account.
To whom it may concern,

I would first like to make it very clear that Kraljevic had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this video. They are being unfairly targeted. I am the person who made this video, and I am one of the masked men in the video. Kraljevic lives in Connecticut. My username is New York Oluja, and it was made by us guys from Astoria, New York. The person, Peter Vanek, whose picture we are smashing in the video, is actually a very good friend of ours. The video was made for the purpose of being a prank amongst us guys. We are not homophobes who are violent in any which way. We made this video as a joke and it was only meant to stay up for a few days until Pete Vanek finally got to see the clip. We thought it would be funny to smash his photo that we had gotten from his house. It was supposed to be seen just amongst us friends. We meant for this video to be harmless fun amongst us guys. I understand where the anger is coming from and that was not my intent with the making of this video. Please stop unfairly accusing guys that had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with this video at all. We used poor judgement in making this video, but I stress to you that we are not homophobes who gay bash. I am urging you all to please stop attacking Kraljevic who had absolutely nothing to do with this video. This is my account, my video that I made with my friends in Astoria Queens, and I take full responsibility and deserve all the anger and blame that is being directed towards the wrong people. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at I am very sorry for the making of this video.


Nick Skara
I guess I'm satisfied, how about you? What have we learned from this? First, this underscores that the internet is never truly anonymous. Secondly, we've seen a demonstration that a "joke" about gay-bashing is always very, very unfunny. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we see that even people who casually make violent "joke" videos about gay-bashing understand that society has changed and there will be repercussions.

Call off the dogs on Nick and his buddies, he seems properly contrite and ashamed.

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