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Rapper Murs Plays Gay In Bold New Video For “Animal Style”

California hip-hop artist Murs has taken a stand for LGBT representation with the music video for his new song “Animal Style,” which sees him playing a closeted high-school student—complete with a same-sex kiss.

Obviously filmed long before Frank Ocean discussed his sexuality, the clip is another example of changing attitudes within the hip-hop community, which previously treated homosexuality with silence or utter disdain.

In the video, teen Roderick (Murs) is in a down-low relationship with Jonathan, an openly gay student at his school. Murs raps about Jonathan’s frustration at his boyfriend: “Wanted Roderick to follow him/He see him in the halls but Rod would never acknowledge him.”

In a disturbing climax, Roderick shoots Jonathan in cold blood and then turns the gun on himself.  In the video’s final scene, though, we see Roderick and Jonathan sharing a kiss across a picnic table.

Granted, a (presumably) hetero rapper not just singing about a gay relationship but participating in a same-sex kiss in his video is monumental. But we’re disturbed by the murder-suicide scene, and by the fact that no one else seems to be. What’s the message: That being in the closet leads to violent tragedy? That being out will get you killed?

Given the hot-button issues of mass shootings at schools and LGBT teen suicide, the scene kind of feels exploitative.

Murs explains his choices on the video’s YouTube page:

“With this one I wanted to challenge the listener to ask themselves: Is the love shared by two people of the same gender, really that different than the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex? And finally, I just felt it was crucial for some of us in the hip hop community to speak up on the issues of teen suicide, bullying, and the overall anti-homosexual sentiment that exist within hip hop culture.

I felt so strongly about these issues and this song that I had to do a video that would command some attention, even if it makes some viewers uncomfortable. Even if it came at the cost of my own comfort.”

Okay, we could be being oversensitive—or just old fuddy-duddies that don’t “get” it. What do you think? Is “Animal Style” video gold or just plain static?

 

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jul 15, 2012
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  • 82 Comments
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      if he wanted to address teen suicide and homophobia, a murder/suicide was NOT the way to go about it.

      I think he did it for shock value. But then, isn’t that what most of that newfangled hippityhop music and videos is about?

      Jul 15, 2012 at 11:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronn
      Ronn

      Wow…Props to Murs for addressing a issue/issues that most Hip Hop artist refuse to adrress. Especially in the form of music video. Great job!!!

      Jul 15, 2012 at 11:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Klayton
      Klayton

      @MikeE: As a fan of Murs, I highly doubt he did it for shock value. Not his style. Just by the general feel and tone and vibe of his usual work, I’d say we can take him at his word that he’s trying to raise people’s consciousness.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gurl Please
      Gurl Please

      This was lame, yet typical of a Black Snow Queen…Why not use a Young Black Man and the gay student? The fact that he didn’t makes this video and it’s message illegitimate.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bobby
      Bobby

      When it comes to things that are annoying and boring, hip-hop music must rank right up there in the top ten.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kim
      Kim

      @Gurl Please: Snow Queen ? So any Black guy with a white BF is a snow queen?

      Jul 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • justme
      justme

      I think the message was pretty clear on Murs’ part. It is that homophobia places undo pressure on young gay men’s lives and that pressure causes them to make really bad choices. Living in a world where young men and women are teased and bullied leads to suicides and heartache. This video was shot as a warning and out of love. As someone who attempted suicide as a kid, I understand how wrong things can go when it seems like the whole world is standing against who you are. I thank Mr. Murs and queerty for posting.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • justme
      justme

      @Bobby: Please put yourself on that list

      Jul 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jack jett
      jack jett

      you know these kids aint making music like they did back in my day….

      were is the debbie boones, the christopher cross’s, martika, milli vanilli or leo sayers? this kids had style and sang about values, love, syrup, candy, breaking up, sailing, honey, and sugar…..sugar.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LVgay
      LVgay

      I liked it

      Jul 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brandon
      Brandon

      @Gurl Please-I agree! Why is there a gay white man in this video? It would have been a lot better had he used a black man, and the whole murder/suicide shouldn’t have been put in the song or video at all.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • G
      G

      @MikeE: I agree with Klayton. And I think he included the shooting to show how messed up homophobia can make things. And just wanting to check, did you actually watch the video?

      Jul 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Real Mike in Asheville
      The Real Mike in Asheville

      @Gurl Please: Ummm, isn’t that exactly what Murs did: a young black man and a gay student?

      What’s with the queen slur? Each and every one of us have preferences, and your are no more or less legitimate than another’s. And, more likely, they are just horny gay kids who found a mutual desire in a knowing smile and penetrating eyes, not the color of their skins.

      Clearly, Murs attempt is to reach into the broader audience that gay kids come from all ethnicities and homophobia is causing pain to kids in our community.

      I’m not into rap much, but hey, I’m a 50 something, but even I have a bit of an ear to production qualities. Murs’ extremely articulate lyrics traget an audience of varied ethnic and age groups. Personally, I’m not so sure about the murder-suicide ending; but I’m not the rapper who has his standing with his audience. I hope the audio and video have great success, every supportive voice moves more favorable understanding from the public. It has taken many and many small steps to gain the general public’s growing support for our equity in marriage and social standing.

      This is a plus, I say thanks to Murs.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      There is nothing to get upset about, this is a postive video

      Jul 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Codswallop
      Codswallop

      I don’t think the message is ambiguous at all. I’m not crazy about the murder/suicide ending but the blame is put squarely on homophobia from Roderick’s “friends” and from the church. The problem to me is that it’s yet another “the queer(s) dies in the end” stories though, and there have already been far too many of those. But if this was truly revolutionary it would end with them together, Roderick rejecting all the homophobia and stepping up to be who he is. Isn’t it more “manly” to be who you are than to follow what others tell you who you should be?

      Jul 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bee
      Bee

      I looved it, I’m 17 and it hit home not for me personally but I know some kids like “Roderick” and all the kids committing suicide it was definitely poignant I even got a lil teary eyed lol very good video mr murs

      Jul 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronn
      Ronn

      @Kim: Thank you, that’s my question. I actually love the fact that two guys are a mixed couple. Not every single gay man dates someone of the exact same race, PERIOD!!!

      Jul 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronn
      Ronn

      @Gurl Please: If you’re looking for cookie cutter picture perfect couples where all couples are the exact same race, live in a single house with a white picket fence, with one son, one daughter and maybe one dog go tune into network TV. They havent caught up to what more and more real couples look like these days and apparently you have not either!

      Jul 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lifer
      Lifer

      So, this is what you get when you order animal style at In-N-Out???

      Jul 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt

      I believe the artist accomplished what he set out to do. The tragedy of living in the closet and what can happen when you deny yourself the fullness of life. Especially liked the portrayal of how religion robs one of their identity, Shows very clear who the real criminals are.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James
      James

      I have to say that I liked the video. I also understand the reason behind the ending. As so often happens in the young gay community, especialy in ethnic communities where there is a much stronger christian and no tollerance environment, it is extremely difficult for young men to reconcile themselfes. Often times their live are one series of extremes after another. there isnt a lot of room for middle ground. anyway, people need to stop getting upset over white/black/asain and so on issues. we are all gay and need to stand together to put an end to bullying and young teen suicide. period. we are responsible for all the children. pretending it isnt realy happening is just as bad as if you put the rope around their necks or pull the trigger for them.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bitch Please!
      Bitch Please!

      This video is homophobic, and r a c i s t despite it being made by a black man.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      But… But… I thought Hip Hop music was one of TEH MOST HOMOPHOBIC GENRES OF MUSIC! /sarcasm. Maybe this will make Emma Frosts realize that it’s no different from other genres like country music when it comes to homophobia.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dirty Ole Man
      Dirty Ole Man

      @Gurl Please: And if you want to get really offensive the other one is a size queen.

      How about its getting where there is no wrong skin color anymore!

      Jul 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason
      Jason

      @Dirty Ole Man-You’re a typical rac ist pig who believes in the ra cist myth of big black dick.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Dirty Ole Man: Amen! There are no wrong skin colours when someone is choosing romantic partners, just wrong people.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dirty Ole Man
      Dirty Ole Man

      @Jason: Actually, Jason, you fell for it, lame one!

      ==>I said that would really be offensive!!<<==

      From extensive personal experience, I know its not true.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MJ (different from the other one)
      MJ (different from the other one)

      @hamoboy: that’s an insult to Emma Frost. I think she’s a lot smarter than these @$$holes.

      I’m gonna now look for more music from this guy. I like when Rappers today rap about something that’s a serious issue, or don’t carry the same tired style as the 40 or so other rappers that are out right now.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eddie
      Eddie

      @Gurl Please: wait! are we now complaining about mixing gay races? get a grip!

      Jul 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @Eddie: Well, from that angle, the video basically shows how violent and insecure black men are, especially the closeted and gay ones, since poor white Jonathan gets shot.

      So, the message is that white gays should stay away from black gays. Sounds good to me.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JKB
      JKB

      two thumbs up!

      Jul 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Colin: Colin decides the message is to stay away from black gays. And nothing of value was lost.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @hamoboy: I only hope white gays learn survival skills from this, that’s all :).

      Jul 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Colin: OK, hostility aside, have you considered that maybe white people (and white gays), are not the intended target for this music video? That maybe it is a message to the hip-hop community about how the toxic masculine and homophobic stereotypes they trade in have a real and deadly effect on the youth of the US (and the world)?
      I don’t really think it’s a catchy song, but the message is powerful, the rapper acting as the conflicted self hater rather than using a stand-in makes the message more powerful. But again, have you considered that the message was never intended for you?

      Jul 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @hamoboy: So you’re saying it’s a black video meant for black audiences and the issues in their community? That sounds rac ist to me. If that’s the case then why put in a white and then have him shot? Is he supposed to be an evil white queen who confused the poor black boy and made him violent?

      Jul 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Colin: Once again, missing the point by a mile and we are back where we started. Making a song or video that doesn’t pander to white people’s viewpoints is not r@cist. That’s your white privilege talking. And where did you get this ridiculous idea that something geared to a certain audience must only have members of that demographic in it? That’s some pretty racist thinking right there. Your last question does not deserve a response. The 1950’s called, they want their r@cism back.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Colin: Once again, missing the point by a mile and we are back where we started. Making a song or video that doesn’t pander to white people’s viewpoints is not r@cist. That’s your white privilege talking. And where did you get this ridiculous idea that something geared to a certain audience must only have members of that demographic in it? That’s some pretty r@cist thinking right there. Your last question does not deserve a response. The 1950’s called, they want their r@cism back.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UsualPlayers
      UsualPlayers

      why do people insist on pretending colin isn’t a bigot?

      I mean- he says the exact same shit no matter what’s posted.

      This is the same guy who was complain about the NAACP after they voted for marriage equality for godsakes. What does he have to do for you to give up?

      Jul 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • n900mixalot
      n900mixalot

      A+ and if we want to really see bigotry, all we have to do is look at our fellow gays for that. The Bay Area is extremely diverse and the couple ethnically portrayed in the video is no big deal. The haters on here aren’t thinking about what communities both characters come from, and clearly if Roderick intended to have a Black BF, there would have been repercussions within his own community as well and it would have been an entirely different video.

      We all have different experiences with different sexualities, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, etc., and to say that anyone’s reaction to the video is more correct than anyone else’s is stupid. Bigoted or hater’ish as it may be, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is wrong. Purpose of the video is to get it out there so we can see what’s really up.

      Good stuff.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Making up stuff is fun!
      Making up stuff is fun!

      @UsualPlayers: Uh … no offense, but you’re the one who enjoys making derogatory jokes about Latino immigrants and who claimed that transsexuals are mentally-ill pedophiles. So … stones, glass, houses, etc.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tired
      Tired

      The Vid was iiight, not feeling the murder/suicide twist. Kind of reminds me of Marsha Ambrosius video “Far Away”.
      @Gurl Please: well he is a rapper and you know how they roll.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UsualPlayers
      UsualPlayers

      @Making up stuff is fun!: Either you are confusing me with someone else or a you are a troll. Given the fact this is a Colin thread, I am going to assume probably the later. I await the fake posts claiming I said this or that although I have never said anything negative. In fact, I got into to with some homocon on here the other day who was trying to use Latinos as his excuse to be a bigot, including telling lies about the polling data on Latino support of gay rights. he said they didn’t support gay rights. I pointed out the dat showed he was a liar.

      I have never said anything negative and never would about Latino immigrants, who I think are treated badly in this society because of economic issues that have nothing to do with them and everything to do with the fact this country is in economic decliene, or people who are transgendered, who are allies , including having been in support of gay rights for a very long time, even when they had nothing to gain from it.

      So, in short- try again.

      Nice attempt to spin the subject as somehow not about Colin’s clear bigotry in every post remotely involving anything black.

      I await his socket puppets coming in to congrat him on doing a great job of promoting his bigotry

      Jul 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @Making up stuff is fun!: Hahaha, so true. That militant black queen is completely off his rocker. LOL.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @hamoboy: It’s black privilege to assume that white gays won’t understand and that the video’s audience is only intended for black audiences. If someone else said the same thing about white gays and their media, you’d be screaming “rac-iss! rac-iss!” like every other anti-white gay black.

      And it’s laughable that you would think that white gays wouldn’t pay attention to a white gay in the video (just because it’s meant like you said in such a rac ist way, for blacks only) when black queens go psycho every time there’s some portrayal of blackness in a way they don’t like. Case and point: @Gurl Please:

      The only one who’s being racist is you. Work on that, k? Thanks.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      This made me cry.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @hamoboy: It’s black privilege to assume that white gays won’t understand and that the video’s audience is only intended for black audiences. If someone else said the same thing about white gays and their media, you’d be screaming “rac-iss! rac-iss!” like every other anti-white gay black.

      And it’s laughable that you would think that white gays wouldn’t pay attention to a white gay in the video (just because it’s meant like you said in such a rac ist way, for blacks only) when black queens go psycho every time there’s some portrayal of blackness in a way they don’t like. Case and point: @Gurl Please:

      The only one who’s being rac ist is you. Work on that, k? Thanks.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Colin: AHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Black Privilege! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh Colin you slay me! Like I said, if white racists you keep away from black gays, nothing of value will be lost! Lol. Thanks for reminding me that artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
      You cite Gurl Please as some sort of indicator of black racism, while nearly every comment you’ve ever left on this blog is an indicator of you white racism. Next you’ll be saying that black history month is r@cist, because “where’s white history month?” Derp derp DERRRRRP.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Making up stuff is fun!
      Making up stuff is fun!

      @UsualPlayers: This is you making your hilarious jokes about Latinos:

      http://www.queerty.com/dallas-couple-handcuff-themselves-to-records-office-to-protest-marriage-inequality-20120708/

      You don’t say anything about your *insane* transphobia, so I guess you admit that much is true.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Colin: AHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Black Privilege! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh Colin you slay me! Like I said, if white r@cists you keep away from black gays, nothing of value will be lost! Lol. Thanks for reminding me that artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
      You cite Gurl Please as some sort of indicator of black r@cism, while nearly every comment you’ve ever left on this blog is an indicator of you white r@cism. Next you’ll be saying that black history month is r@cist, because “where’s white history month?” Derp derp DERRRRRP.
      Did some black guy come and block you from watching the video? No. What prevents you from understanding the video in the proper context is not that you’re white, but that your viewpoint is too white-centric to understand that there are other narratives and other points of view that this video is addressing, completely outside your experience. You can either:
      A. Try to understand it in context.
      B. Nod politely and move on.
      C. Whine about how r@cist it is that there is a music video about LGBT issues that goes right over your head. DERRRRRRP.
      It surprises me not at all that your C-grade intelligence would pick option C.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @hamoboy: LOL. In other words, you’re stumped. Got it. Thank for playing. I always enjoy you people.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Colin: “You people” Oh how quaint. I didn’t know white racists still said things like that. Thank you for always skating over the thin ice of logic whenever you need to ignore facts to justify your bigotry.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Colin: “You people” Oh how quaint. I didn’t know white r@cists still said things like that. Thank you for always skating over the thin ice of logic whenever you need to ignore facts to justify your bigotry.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @hamoboy: I didn’t know black rac ists were so willing to discuss “black issues” with people who are apparently white rac ists. The wonders never cease, do they?

      Jul 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy
      hamoboy

      @Colin: Since logic doesn’t work with you, how about a metaphor: You do not have the appropriate WiFi to connect with common sense. An oldie but goodie that one is.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @hamoboy: Apparently I don’t have the correct skin color, either, because I need more melanin to understand the video. How rac ist of you.

      I am just shocked at the rac ism on Queerty from the angry blacks. Just shocked.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UsualPlayers
      UsualPlayers

      @Making up stuff is fun!:(1) I remember your screen name as one of Colin’s sock puppets

      (2) Never posted in that thread

      (3) Its incredibly easy for Colin to have used my screen name since its not registered at the site

      Colin, for a troll you are really one sick puppy

      You really took the time to create a fake posting under my screen name just so you could use it now?

      What kind of person got that kind of time?

      Wow, I was joking when Is aid you were nuts before, but wow.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 10:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UsualPlayers
      UsualPlayers

      One other point

      Its incredibly interesting how crazy you are colin on some level because here you are saying all sorts of bigoted things about black people,but your defense of that is that you created some fake post claimin I said something about Latinos and transgendered people

      Let’s think about how crazy you are to not just do that, but also to think somehow that makes your rants against black people defensible

      I won’t even say get help. Someone as crazy as you are, is too far gone for that

      But wow

      For the record no form bigotry is justified by any other

      Bigotry against blacks, latinos , gays , trans gendered , you name it- is wrong

      I even say that about people who want to treat all Christians like they are enemy

      Only in your nutty world view does trying to fake a post pretending like I said something against a group justifies bigotry against another

      I got to give you props

      I have never seen someone quite so crazy online and I have read a few blogs

      Jul 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Making up stuff is fun!
      Making up stuff is fun!

      @UsualPlayers: I’m not Colin’s sock puppet. It’s sad that that lame accusation is all you have for a reply.

      Given that your rant against me is based on your belief that I am Colin, I don’t think you’re worth arguing with. Your posts in the thread I linked show what a lunatic you are (to say nothing of your ramblings about pedophile transsexuals and your “experience as a childhood rape vicitm” or whatever bullshit term it was you used). You’re clearly insane, and so I’ll ignore you from now on.

      Oh, by the way, no, “I’ve clearly never read Derrida.”

      Jul 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Black, Gay and Just passn thew.
      Black, Gay and Just passn thew.

      Bossip brought me here. Damn you miss Bossip.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @UsualPlayers: Either you said that about Latinos in that thread or somebody else did using your name. I would guess it was Aquarelle, who doesn’t seem to be posting anymore.

      I don’t post under any other name. Never have. Those are your crazy accusations that you follow me around Queerty making, like a little lap dog who needs attention. I don’t respond to your posts and think you’re completely whacked, so why the hell would I want to imitate you? You’re beyond paranoid. Go take some pills, lie down somewhere, have a piece of watermelon, and reflect. You’re not important, bitch. LOL.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @Making up stuff is fun!: I think he said it and is just trying to lie. Dude is nuckin futs. Oh well.

      Jul 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      It’s like a soap opera for men. Tycoon James Stenbeck meets his evil twin brother from the future who warns him to not invest in Enron, as the world turns.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 12:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt [Different person #1 using similar name]

      Making stuff up posts under the names Colin, Aquarelle, and other names.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 12:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chuck
      Chuck

      I liked the video, and I hate rap music usually. I think when videos like this address issues like GLBT rights and things, people tend to read too far into it though. The relationship ended violently. That’s not saying that gay relationships end violently. But in general most rap songs of this type are about violent happenings, or killings and relationships even between straight couples. It’s just the community this type of music is geared to.

      I am proud of Murs, and thankful that he made this video. It was extremely sad.

      And the whole Black Snow Queen thing? Who gives a shit what the race was of the boyfriend. I mean SERIOUSLY?! The homosexual community is one of the most discriminating RACIST communities out there despite the fact that the flag is a rainbow because homosexuality occurs in ALL races.

      When a black guy dates a white guy, he’s a Black Snow Queen. When an Asian guy dates a white guy, he’s a Rice Queen. Why the fuck are we still using derogatory comments against the race of people. So they’re attracted to white guys instead of their own type. The same can be said of the white guys. They’re attracted to the other races other than their own type. Honestly WHO GIVES A FUCK. I’m sick of this shit cropping up everywhere. It’s one of the reasons why I was ashamed to come out as gay for so long because the fucking gay community is a fucking JOKE.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 12:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James C.
      James C.

      Props to him, he is one of the few hip hop personas to tackle this subject! I think it is fearless!

      Jul 16, 2012 at 1:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hassia
      hassia

      @queerty, may I suggest that you start using Discus or better yet facebook for your comment section. I will guarantee that certain posters we will never have to read again.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 6:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KARUADAM
      KARUADAM

      Murs, YOU ARE THE BEST!! I watch your video with tears in my eyes. As a single gay dad to six (tow girls four boys) the only thing that scared me to death is one of my children come out as gay. In one of the most violent country in the world the USA Homosexual, are still afraid for their life. We cannot and will not give up! protect and watch our community of gay men & women.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 9:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KARUADAM
      KARUADAM

      @Chris: I am with you Chris, and the best support I get is from my six children, Adam A Karu.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 9:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jenny Edwards
      Jenny Edwards

      “Animal Style.” Really? As someone who works with victims of animal sex abuse and supports LBGTQ, I find not just the ending but the title annoying. We are constantly fighting back on inferences that link homosexuality with bestiality. This artist just got added to the list.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 9:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Richard Ford
      Richard Ford

      (1) A small minority of those who see this video will think to themselves: “Murs is showing that if society’s attitudes change, with our help, then gays might not see suicide as their best alternative. Maybe they could even be themselves AND be happy.”
      (2) A larger group will say: “Fuckin’ fags. They deserve to die and this proves it.”
      (3) Some will not quite know what to think.
      (4) Still others, a significant bunch, many of whom are represented by comments above, will be content to bicker among themselves, engage in name calling, vacuously attempt to one-up each other, and pursue personal vendettas among themselves which are unrelated to the issue at hand.
      I won’t call those in the last bracket any names, because I’m in group (1), not group (4).

      Jul 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      Good job you guys. There is absolutely no need to dissect this poignant piece of entertainment that depicts a rather realistic (and by that I mean “not always happy”) situation about being different among intolerance. Instead, how about we all bicker about the shallow and unimportant issues like white people dating black people and non-existant references to beastiality?

      (That was all bitchy sarcasm if you’re too dense to figure it out.)

      Jul 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bryant
      bryant

      I think the person or persons writing about race is very important. YES IT SHOULD OF HAD BEEN ABOUT. TWO BLACK MEN OR BOYS IN THE VIDEO. THE MEDIA LACKS GAY MEN OF COLOR PERIOD!! , ASIANS,ARABICS,LATINOS,BRAZILIAN, NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE .TIRED OF THAT THE HUMAN RACE IS NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE AND BLACK GAY MEN AND TEENS NEED TO BE SEEN MORE OFTEN THROUGH THE MEDIA IN LOVING CARING RELATIONSHIPS.BLACKS IN AMERICA GAY OR STRAIGHT NEEDS TO WAKE UP,EVERY TIME YOU SEE A BLACK AND WHITE COUPLE, ASK YOURSELF WHY IS THERE NO OTHER RACES OF PEOPLE IN LARGE NUMBERS RACING TO BE IN A INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIP? BECAUSE THEY REALIZE ( FOR EXAMPLE CHINA, MIDDLE EAST, ETC) AND SO DO WHITES THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE POLITICAL POWER,ECONOMICAL POWER, HERE AND ABROAD IN TGEIR OWN COUNTRIES AND MILITARY POWER. TOO MANY OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR CHINA HAS OVER A BILLION, THE MIDDLE EAST. & INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAS OVER A BILLION COMBINED . WHAT? ARE WE THINKING ALL OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE IN INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS? WE ARE OUTNUMBERED,THEY ARE NOT GIVING UP THEIR COUNTRIES OR RACE OR CULTURE LIKE MANY BLACKS ARE DOING.STRENGTH IN UNITY,NOT IN DIVISION, I AM BLACK AND LOVE ALL PEOPLE, BUT I DONOT HAVE TO BE IN AN INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIP, I CAN LOVE MY PEOPLE AND HELP THEM LIKE MANY ASIANS AND ARARBICS, ETC . TIRED OF THE WHITES WHO TALK ABOUT BEING COLORED BLIBD

      Jul 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bryant
      bryant [Different person #1 using similar name]

      I think the person or persons writing about race is very important. YES IT
      SHOULD OF HAD BEEN ABOUT.TWO BLACK MEN OR BOYS IN THE VIDEO. THE MEDIA
      LACKS GAY MEN OF COLOR PERIOD!! , ASIANS,ARABICS,LATINOS,BRAZILIAN,
      ANERICA IS NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE TIRED OF SEEING MOST OF THE TIIME ONLY
      BLACK AND WHITES IN THE MEDIA. THE HUMAN RACE IS NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE
      AND BLACK GAY MEN AND TEENS NEED TO BE SEEN MORE OFTEN THROUGH THE MEDIA IN
      LOVING CARING RELATIONSHIPS.BLACKS IN AMERICA GAY OR STRAIGHT NEEDS TO WAKE
      UP,EVERY TIME YOU SEE A BLACK AND WHITE COUPLE, ASK YOURSELF WHY IS THERE
      NO OTHER RACES OF PEOPLE IN LARGE NUMBERS RACING TO BE IN A INTERRACIAL
      RELATIONSHIP? BECAUSE THEY REALIZE ( FOR EXAMPLE CHINA, MIDDLE EAST, ETC)
      AND SO DO WHITES THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE POLITICAL POWER,ECONOMICAL POWER,
      HERE AND ABROAD IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES AND MILITARY POWER. WAY TOO MANY
      OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THIS WORLD, CHINA HAS OVER A BILLION, THE MIDDLE
      EAST. & INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAS OVER A BILLION COMBINED . WHAT ARE WE
      THINKING ALL OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE IN INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS? WAKE UP
      WE ARE OUTNUMBERED ANYWAY SO CANNOT DISPLACE OVER HALF THE WORLD POPULATION
      & WAY MORE THAN HALF IS PEOPLE OF COLOR & MANY HERE IN THE USA ARE IN OUR
      COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES HERE IN THE USA THEY ARE GETTING DEGREES IN LARGE
      NUMBERS & BECOMING DOCTORS,LAWYERS,BUSINESS MEN & GOING BACK TO THEIR
      COUNTRY AND BUILDING AND UPLIFTING THEIR PEOPLE,THEY ARE NOT GIVING UP
      THEIR COUNTRIES OR RACE OR CULTURE LIKE MANY BLACKS ARE DOING.STRENGTH IN
      UNITY,NOT IN DIVISION, I AM BLACK AND LOVE ALL PEOPLE, BUT I DO NOT HAVE TO
      BE IN AN INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIP, I CAN LOVE MY PEOPLE AND HELP THEM LIKE
      MANY ASIANS AND ARABICS, ETC . TIRED OF THE WHITES AND BLACKS WHO TALK ABOUT BEING
      COLORED BLIND, I JUST WILL NOT TURN AND HAVE A BLIND EYE FOR MY BLACK PEOPLE. OTHERS RACES HERE IN THE USA & ALL AROUND THE WORLD ARE HELPING & LOVING THEIR PEOPLE AND MANY ARE COLOR BLIND

      Jul 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Janus
      Janus

      @Jenny Edwards: Are you really sure he was making a reference to bestiality and not how barbaric and unevolved (one might even say “animalistic”) homophobia is?

      Jul 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jenny Edwards
      Jenny Edwards

      @janus – Good point. Murs would have to explain why the video is called “Animal Style” when it’s apparently about not being homophobic. One of the things we teach officers is to be aware of speciesism when investigating cases of animal cruelty (e.g. saying “he’s a pig” or “she’s an ass” denigrates both the animal and the human) so the phrase animal style coupled with the video content implies to me that Murs means homosexual love is somehow animalistic, which generally means something negative. Taking it one step further, the word “bestiality” means cruel or depraved (in a general context) and sex between humans and non-humans (in a medical, legal context). As I said before, from our point of view, sex between consenting humans is not at all the same thing as sex between humans and non-verbal (therefore non-consensual) animals.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UsualPlayer
      UsualPlayer

      Sure Colin, it just so happen there’s a person here who is okay with bigotry against blacks, but is not okay with it against Latinos or the trans-community who just so happens to agree with everything you post here.

      Whatever.

      Like I said, you are completely nuts.

      I don’t expect you to change, but I do wish this site had better moderation for folks like you on here.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UsualPlayer
      UsualPlayer

      @hassia: I would probably actually sign up for that versus having to read Colin and his sock puppets try to use my screen name and other methods to continue their reign of bigotted statements here. This is not a bad site for a gossip site, but its comment sections are crazy.

      Jul 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • john
      john

      Dont know how a white boy can ever bring himself to be with a black guy let alone a thug like that in the video. Stupid shit man. Call me a fag all throughout high school but god forbid I call any of them the N word. Well theres a difference I have a more class and more intelligence than people like that

      Jul 17, 2012 at 12:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Colin
      Colin

      @john: Agreed. You are awesome, John.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 3:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hassia
      hassia

      @john: You just negated your comment with the conclusion of your statement. Now that you have the confidence of your Gauleiter (google it) Colin, so early in the morning. His mother must have just breast fed him, and you are waiting your turn.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 3:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eban Labeija
      Eban Labeija

      I think we are forgetting the early roots of hip hop and how inclusive it was from Beat Street to Queen Latifah. Hip hop didn’t start out this way. It was only when white owned record labels figured they could make a buck off hip hop that it got more aggressive, violent, homophobic, sexist. We have to recognize that the underground scene has kept that element of inclusion alive in hip hop. Its only recently that that exposure is spilling over into the mainstream.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hassia
      hassia

      @Jenny Edwards: Had you read a little bit deeper instead of jumping to conclusions, you would have learned that there was a reason to the title of the song, namely in reference to French fries that are available at a conservative restaurant that prints bible quotes on their packaging.

      It seems this rapper thought a little before making this video.

      ref: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/1033840/male_rapper_kisses_another_man_in_music_video_to_call_out_homophobia_in_hip_hop/

      Jul 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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