This Social Experiment Studies How Hip Hop Fans React To A “Gay Rapper”—But Do The Results Add Up?

It's certainly interesting, but is it justifiable? Or is this whole shebang incredibly flawed?

-By James Dinh

Despite the progressive steps that 2015 saw for the LGBT community, it’s blatantly clear that we still have one hell of a journey to go – particularly in the world of hip hop. No matter what way you try to spin it, it’s evident that hip hop is still very much a mostly boys-only club, and we mean a heterosexual boys-only club. Still, comedian Ben Bizuneh wanted to see “just how accepted homosexuality [was] in black America” and his Lie Guys experiment for F-Comedy attempted to probe that thought with a rapper, considering it’s “the farthest away from what people traditionally think of as homosexual.”

“Black dudes can’t even pretend to be gay for acting roles,” Ben said within the first 20 seconds of the “Being a Gay Rapper: A Social Experiment” viral video. “Ever notice how you see straight white actors kiss each other in movies like Sean Penn and James Franco or Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Farrell, but you’ve never seen Kevin Hart and Denzel make out, and you never will because maybe they’re scared if they took a role like that people would think they’re gay in real life.”

Ultimately, he had one question at hand: “Where does this fear of seeming gay come from, and does it affect all black dudes?”

Here’s where Ben’s experiment comes into play with his fictional “hood rapper” Boss Quoss. For the setup, shammed a social media presence, recorded a song about “giving handjobs” called “Strokin!” and put out a music video casting call for paid extras for what turned out to be the most incredibly cliché rap video from the mid-2000s. “Let’s see what happens when straight black men realize they’ve been dancing in a gay rapper’s video,” Ben said.

Oh, and if you didn’t pick up on it yet, he also took it a step further when he decided to make out with another man during the shoot.

VH1 took it to task by speaking with some major hip hop heads to see just what they thought of the experiment. Did they find the result to this social operation accurate? Was it justifiable? Or was this whole shebang incredibly flawed?

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