I know watching a nine minute video on YouTube is the television of equivalent of watching 'Titanic' in full...then rewinding it and watching it again. However, I can't emphasize enough that this worthy of a hypothetical schedule clearing. Just absolute, albeit predictable, hilarity at it's finest. Making straight people blatantly act like homosexuals on camera without them even realizing it isn't just funny, but it really accentuates the ridiculousness of rap videos. When you really think about it, a man throwing dice in another man's face isn't all that much different than a rapper swiping a credit card down a woman's buttcheeks or dumping a 200 ounce bottle of champagne on her head. So yeah, it is pretty eye-opening to see a bunch of straight dudes do some blatantly gay shit without thinking twice. Just goes to show that nothing is beyond the realm of acceptability in a rap video.
I guess if there was one thing I would change it's that I wouldn't call this a "social experiment". This doesn't prove that homosexuality isn't accepted in the hip hop community. It proves that guys don't want to be swindled into acting gay on camera. I can't definitively say that the dudes who decided to leave were uncomfortable with two men kissing, they just didn't want to be dancing shirtless behind them as they did. I'm sure not all of them were the most open-minded of folk. The guy that was so scared of the word "homosexual" that it took him the better part of a minute to stutter through it might hold some antiquated beliefs. Still, there aren't too many straight guys that would consciously decide to be on camera giving air-handjobs in a video about stroking dicks. So were these guys naive and oblivious? Yes. Were they homophobic? TBD. This guy said it himself, "act like Lil' Wayne and Birdman". We have seen Lil' Wayne kiss another man before, and it didn't even make a dent in his popularity. Frank Ocean may be more of an R&B star than a rapper, but he's gayer than singing in the rain, and I don't think he has any problem getting work.
People don't like being mislead. This isn't some new concept. The look on the faces of the background dancers when two men started open-mouth kissing was classic, but it speaks more to their level of shock than an existence of any potential homophobia. That's why it's only fair to give this video two grades...
As a prank? A+.
As a social experiment? D-.
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