May 6, 2015 11:00 pm -


At a BBQ restaurant in Manhattan, a gay couple was bashed with a chair while hearing anti-gay slurs.

“These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren’t their type of people,” said Jonathan Snipes, 32, who had a tooth knocked loose and cartilage snapped in his ear during the beating.

“It was disgusting. It was awful,” Snipes, who was attacked alongside his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, 25, told DNAinfo New York.

York-Adams, 25, tries to shield Snipes by throwing his arm around his shoulder just before a man rushes up to them with a wooden chair and cracks it over their heads.

York-Adams falls to the floor and Snipes slumps into a nearby chair, visibly dazed.

An NYPD spokesman said an investigation is ongoing, but that the incident was not currently being investigated as a hate crime…

The man knocked Snipes to the ground and started kicking his face and spine, knocking loose one of his teeth, snapping the cartilage in his ear and bruising his head, he said.

He shouted, “Take that, f—-t,” according to Snipes.

Onlookers shouted “Stop! Stop! Stop!” according to a second video posted to YouTube by Isaam Sharef, who also took the Instagram video. He didn’t respond to requests for comment.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

27 responses to Video: Gay Couple Bashed With Chair In NYC

  1. tracey marie May 6th, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Disgusting behavior from disgusting people

    • whatthe46 May 6th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      i wanna give ’em both a hug.

      • granpa.usthai May 7th, 2015 at 1:04 am

        that’s a nice thought, but sometimes showing you care without causing more physical pain is better. It’s NYC, right down from The Alan Colmes Radio Show. Maybe he could invite them on air to hear some condolences then have Foxx treat them to a very nice dinner for two in a quiet, safer location?

        OH, and push the city for financial restitution!

        • whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 1:05 am

          sad you had to say “…safer location…”

          • granpa.usthai May 7th, 2015 at 1:11 am


    • granpa.usthai May 7th, 2015 at 1:05 am

      10 to 1 the WHITE thug votes RepubliKon.

      • whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 1:06 am

        10 to 1 they lose again.

  2. whatthe46 May 6th, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    “An NYPD spokesman said an investigation is ongoing, but that the incident was not currently being investigated as a hate crime…” “He shouted, “Take that, f—-t,”…” yeah, that doesn’t sound like a hate crime to me either. fk’n cops!

    • granpa.usthai May 7th, 2015 at 12:58 am

      In some states, the people would have the right to use whatever forced they deemed necessary to stop such a violent attack on American Citizens.

      A baseball bat to the knees (or a side kick) would have slowed the big guy down -and made him a lot easier to be spotted by the police responding officers.
      (he’s the big guy belly crawling down the sidewalk!).

      • whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 1:04 am

        i hope i’m never in that situation where i see this happen. my heart would hurt to no end. i’m 5’4″ and female, don’t have bulk, but i have a mouth. and not many men want to hear a woman screaming her a&& off. just might work.

        • granpa.usthai May 7th, 2015 at 1:08 am

          doesn’t take much force to back a big white thug off with a broken bottle pushed between their legs.

          Even the ones with tiny targets.

          • whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 1:11 am

            thanks. i’ll remember that. no chit. i will.

          • granpa.usthai May 7th, 2015 at 1:21 am

            call it ‘improvised defense’.

            -and it wouldn’t hurt to imply that you’re the meaner sister of Lorena Bobbitt!

          • whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 1:26 am

            at least i let ’em keep it right? lol

        • bpollen May 7th, 2015 at 4:54 am

          Some of the most formidable women I have ever known were about 5 foot nothing…

      • Jack E Raynbeau May 7th, 2015 at 12:06 pm

        In Utah, for example, they could have been legally carrying a gun and shot that clown.

  3. granpa.usthai May 7th, 2015 at 12:53 am

    now – we see what America turns into when you have a sitting POTUS that’s a known line cutter at a BBQ house.

    but even with my qualifications to be a PROPHET of GOD, will anybody listen?

    cutting in line at a BBQ House is wrong!

    WE THE PEOPLE deserve an apology, Mr. Sitting POTUS.

    beginning with K-1 all the way up to old geezers like me that have NEVER (as far back as I can remember yesterday) cut in line.

  4. whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 1:30 am

    try reading the article again.

  5. robert May 7th, 2015 at 8:17 am

    wow the ***hole who took the video wont give permission to use it on the news

    what a punk

  6. robert May 7th, 2015 at 8:34 am

    at least give the man (who was blind sided with a chair ) a chance to find backround on this coward by allowing the video on the news. A courtesy he’s being denied

  7. illinoisboy1977 May 7th, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Too bad I wasn’t there. I’d have gladly stepped in and stopped the attacker, with all due haste and force.

  8. Political Splash May 7th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Perhaps the real question that should be asked is. Were they doing something too provocative? Maybe they had just finished drawing a cartoon of the profit Muhammad?

  9. spacegod May 7th, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Sorry you turned out this way.
    My condolences.

    • El Martyachi May 7th, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Apology accepted. And I’m sorry for your loss. But your loss is my gain. Or something.

  10. labman57 May 7th, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    And if apprehended, the violent perpetrators will no doubt attempt to pull a “religious freedom” defense.

    • cecilia May 7th, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      that really doesn’t work well in NY.

  11. John Tarter May 7th, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    And they didn’t fight back?