An inside “goof” by a Sanders’ supporter with a twisted sense of humor went viral and sparked another wave of venomous attacks on Bernie Sanders. So, let’s just say it together: NO, Sanders didn’t come out to a homophobic DMX song at a rally in Lancaster, California last week.
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) May 28, 2016
Edward Acuna dubbed the video, and admitted having done so in a “goof that became a social experiment.” In a statement to Slate, Acuna made it clear to those who latched onto this video to attack a man who has been a staunch supporter of gay rights since before it was “cool,” may want to take a look at that rabid willingness to believe anything one sees on the internet.
To make a long story short, It started off as a goof, and turned into a social experiment. Literally everyone and their mothers went nuts, using it for their own agendas to prove that some how Bernie Sanders was anti gay all along, I chose that song because I knew it would shake up both ends of the spectrum. So I want to ask everyone, The younger folks out there, I really do appreciate the immense love everyone gave Bernie Sanders, but please think more about the political process and get involved instead of having to have a viral video to motivate you to make a move and vote. To those Hilary supporters, I hope you feel at a [loss] for words and I say that with all due respect, I respect your stance but Id like to ask you how it feels to believe you almost had a 1up on Bernie and a reason to shame him only to come up short? Just like you all accused the Bernie supporters of being senseless for following this man coming out to a DMX you too are a victim of blindly believing everything you see on the internet. With that said, I hope everyone remembers what memorial day is all about and RIP to all my dead soldiers, its more than just a 3 day weekend. God bless america.
The song in question didn’t upset people immediately, but the lyrics are truly repugnant, and it did eventually cause many to become disgusted — but because of the doctored video, the anger was directed not at the artist but at Sanders:
Fuckin with a nigga like me, D-to-the-M-to-the-X
Last I heard, y’all niggas was havin sex, with the same sex
I show no love, to homo thugs
Empty out, reload and throw more slugs
How you gonna explain fucking a man?
Even if we squashed the beef, I ain’t touching ya hand
I don’t bunk with chumps, for those who been to jail
That’s the cat with the Kool-Aid on his lips and pumps
I don’t fuck with niggas that think they broads
Only know how to be one way, that’s the dog
I know how to get down, know how to bite
Bark very little, but I know how to fight
I know how to chase a cat up in the tree
Man, I give y’all niggas the b’iness for fucking with me, is you crazy?!
This year’s nomination process has been, for lack of a better word, hectic, and honestly this kind of purposefully inciting act is the last thing we need, from either side. But it seems that those looking for a reason to hate Sanders don’t need any more reason to attack than those who hate Clinton, sadly.
The infighting between Hillary Clinton’s die-hard supporters and Bernie Sanders true believers has become an embarrassing distraction from the only real danger to this country in the contest — the neo-Republican, Authoritarian, racist, sexist, elderly political neophyte Donald Trump. Many have spoken out about the need to unify as a party against Trump, which is a thing that happens once the nomination process has run its course, and the need to act like adults and accept the fact that we are all supporting the candidate we chose for reasons important to us.
This was a distraction but could possibly help remind us to stop swallowing everything we see on the internet, even if we really want it to be true. Even if it confirms what we had suspected all along, we can spend a moment to check into it ourselves. You see, the ONLY version of this entrance by Sanders featuring the DMX song was the one posted by Acuna.
Yet, despite that fact, and the fact of many other videos available (even one from the Sanders camp) all showing that Sanders, in fact, did not walk to the song, yet, we are having to write a full play-by-play to quiet the controversy.
Here are two videos showing Sanders’ entrance:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx5_AGN61II&w=590&h=332]
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