May 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Video of homophobic rap playing at Sanders rally a fake

Bernie Sanders, gay news, Washington Blade

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (Photo by Gino Santa Maria; courtesy Bigstock)

A video that has stirred controversy of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders entering the stage at a rally in California to violent, homophobic rap song seems fake in comparison to a video provided by his campaign.

A handful of entertainment media blogs — The Source, Billboard and Uproxx — reported on a video of a rally that took place in Lancaster, Calif., on Thursday days before the primary in that state on June 7

In the video, Sanders approaches the podium on stage as the audience cheers to DMX’s “Where the Hood At?” a homophobic rap in which the singer suggests he would shoot to death gay black men having sex. Gay bloggers posted the video in indignation of Sanders’ apparent association with a song that calls for the death of gay people.

“Last I heard, y’all niggas was havin sex, with the same sex I show no love, to homo thugs,” the lyrics say. “Empty out, reload and throw more slugs. How you gonna explain fucking a man?”

Warren Gill, a Sanders spokesperson, said when asked by the Washington Blade to comment on whether the candidate would condemn the music the video “has been doctored.”

“Someone ripped the music from this video and placed it over Sanders’ entrance,” Gill said.

The campaign shared footage with the Blade of a video it says is from the same rally in which no homophobic music is played, but the same two individuals who introduce Sanders are dressed in the same clothes as they greet the candidate on the stage.

According to the Sanders campaign, a video of the rally was spliced with music of DMX singing “Where the Hood At?” as performed at the 2014 Masters Of Ceremony concert at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

It wasn’t immediately clear who created the video at the rally that was apparently doctored. The YouTube account of one user who posted it, “Edwin Acuna,” has on their channel only that video and another of individuals playing the video game “Super Smash Bros.”

The doctored video may be intended to influence California voters to oppose Sanders ahead of the primary in the state in which polls show the race tightening between him and Hillary Clinton.

UPDATE: Acuna, who identifies as a Sanders supporter, shared with the Blade a statement he gave to other media outlets asserting the video is fake and he created it as a “social experiment.”

“I did this to prove how quick the internet is to chew something up, and believe anything they here going as far as to make comments about Bernie Sanders and saying that he is a homophobe, the video is fake, he obviously is not,” Acuna said. “Moral of the story? Don’t believe everything you see on the internet. Our integrity must be stronger than to vote for a man based off a video and stronger than to just accuse a man of being something he isn’t off of something you see on the internet just to use for your own political agenda.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • BillMFreeman

    Interesting the article claims multiple times that the video is doctored but offers no proof. How do we know the video provided by Sanders people isn’t doctored?

    • Kirk Linn

      I keep asking and yet no one can answer this. So what is that playing in the background?

      • HeywoodJa

        Sounds like the same song. Americablog says that Sanders overdubs the music on their videos to make them more impactful.

        • eyeofcore

          It is confirmed fake by author of the video that caused controversy.

          • Betty J Rousey

            Yes, the little dude admitted he did it – as “an experiment.” And he is a Sanders supporter himself…

          • BillMFreeman

            Sounds like the mentality of a Sanders supporter

  • Tommy Wheeler

    It’s not fake. It’s right here. Article confims this twitter user.

    • eyeofcore

      Are you deaf?

      • aschops
      • Tommy Wheeler
        • aschops

          That was posted several hours ago, before the Sanders campaign provided the non-doctored videos. Give it a rest, idiot.

          PS: Aravosis is one piece of nasty Hillbot trash. I do not expect him to correct that lie.

          • HeywoodJa

            The videos they provided are OBVIOUSLY DOCTORED. Over-dubbed–and you can hear it. Please.

            The man screwed up. He was so eager to appeal to the KIDZ that he forgot about TEH GAYZ.

          • Webster

            Don’t insult nasty trash by comparing it to Aravosis–he’s gone way beyond vile this election season to the point of being reprehensibly irresponsible. I would expect my cat to sing the letter aria from Eugene Onegin before I would expect an apology from him on the way he’s behaved on this story…

  • matthewrettenmund

    Why would you conclude the video was meant to sway voters away from Hillary? If you look at the account that uploaded it, it’s much more likely either that the person thought it was a funny way to show how bad-ass Bernie is to him (and the gay lyrics had nothing to do with it) or it’s real.

  • eyeofcore found this… Beat/bass is different, even if you cant properly hear music, sound recording devices properly record beats/bass shockwaves…

  • matthewrettenmund

    FYI: Statement from the guy who doctored the video. He’s a Bernie supporter, and was apparently not trying to help Bernie or harm Hillary or vice versa, as I suspected.

  • David Wilson

    FACT: Bernie Sanders applied for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War; his application was eventually turned down, by which point he was too old to be drafted. In the 1960’s they were known as “Draft dodgers,” and fled to either Canada or to the New England countryside. Those of us who served regard them as “cowards.”

    A conscientious objector is an “individual who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service” on the grounds of freedom of thought, conscience, disability, and/or religion.

    • Jason Rule

      “Draft dodger” was a term used by the establishment. People who protested the draft were responsible for helping to end it and convert to an all-volunteer military. They were also responsible for helping to end the illegal VietNam conflict. How many tours did you serve in Nam?

    • Jason Rule

      Ronald Kuby, a criminal and civil rights lawyer… appeared on WABC-AM in New York City on July 15, 2015… Kuby highlighted the multiple student deferments Trump received, and how he finally… staved off the draft.

      Trump “was a Vietnam draft dodger,” Kuby said.

    • Ryan Borger

      As he ffing should have. This information is not detrimental to him in anyway, other than nationalistic morons that think we should bomb people for peace..

      • BillMFreeman

        Tell that to the families who lost children.

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