Will Rossi and Rob Massi have issued an apology on Instagram for posing for a photo with former GOP Congressman Aaron Schock.
Schock, 37, has stood for anti-gay policies such as voting against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Over the last Coachella weekend, Schock was allegedly photographed and recorded partying with gay men and kissing another man. Schock has stated in the past that he is not gay.
Rossi and Massi posed for a photo with Schock at the music festival and have now apologized for the photo. The apology statement was posted on both of their Instagram accounts.
“Will and I wanted to take a photo with our friends at Coachella, to celebrate our last day there,” the statement reads.“Being polite, we allowed Aaron–who was basically a stranger to us and someone we just met–to include himself in our photo.”
Rossi and Massi claim they were not aware of who Shock was or the anti-LGBTQ policies he has voted for.
“For our own political ignorance, we are deeply sorry,” the statement continues. “We hope Aaron does decide to come out publicly and live the gay life he so freely enjoyed at Coachella, the kind of life so many out and proud LGBTQ individuals have fought for and have made possible for younger gays like Will and me to live today. And we hope if or when Aaron does decide to come out and own his actions, he apologizes and makes amends with the LGBTQ community, because he certainly owes us one.”