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

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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 is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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