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New Year's Eve Celebration Turns Controversial

New Year's Eve Celebration Turns Controversial
A unique New Year's Eve tradition in Vincennes gains national coverage this year, but the event's special guest may have stolen the show and not in a good way. Now, DSM Family Center in Vincennes released an apology statement on behalf of the community. The group says they want to get the message out that derogatory comments made during the New Year's Eve event, made the community look bad now they hope to set the record straight.

It was supposed to be a big night for the town of Vincennes. A five-hundred pound watermelon hangs high in the sky ready to start 2014. This year famous comedian Gallagher was asked to be there, and CNN came to cover it

"We had a lot of people at the event that had such anxiety and fear before they left, that they were just paralyzed in what they felt was such a safe loving place. I have the same sentiment that this is such a great town and area," says Pastor James Bilskie. During the event, Gallagher started making what crowds say were 'sexually obscene' comments about Sarah Palin, and offensive statements about homosexuality. Those comments prompt, Pastor James Bilskie, to speak out today. "We don't want people to walk away ashamed that live here, that accidentally the stage and public forum was given to a man that, on a national feed, made our town look like a center of hate," says Bilskie.

Bilskie is with DSM Family Center in Vincennes. He says he's proud of his town, and felt the need to issue an apology statement. "We've never had a comedian before. We've made the event last, so ten minutes of rants and raves is not something that added to the festivities."

Some who gathered to watch the show agree. "You get a guy up there and he's saying stuff like that, I don't want us to be known as this little town promoting hate. I think it was just one of the worst things that could have happened to the event last night." Organizers of this event say, they are not surprised by the comedians comments and believe this year's celebration was a success

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