Fusion’s “F-Comedy” group have cooked up an ingenious social experiment that puts to test the myth that black men are more homophobic than other people. Comedian Ben Bizuneh investigates the issue in the most unique — and insidious — way imaginable: he casts a handful of straight men in a rap video, not mentioning that it’s a gay rap video that will culminate in a big sloppy kiss.
Choosing the stage name Boss Quoss, Bizuneh recorded a sleazy song and had a kicky wig made, assembling 11,000 followers on a fake Twitter profile before putting out an all-call for extras on Craigslist.
About twelve men show up in total, all of whom are eager to star in a rap video.
The men remove their shirts and dance around confidently — until the moment of truth, when “Boss Quoss” starts passionately making out with another guy.
Several of the men leave on the spot, shouting “That shit ain’t gonna fly in the industry!” and “You should have told us that at first!”
But others stay with the production.
“How unprofessional,” says one man.
“I support Boss Quoss,” says another. “He has good music. Love the guy, good guy.”
And a third: “First openly gay rapper — do your thing, homie.”
“There were a lot of guys on the set who were super-accepting of Boss Quoss,” Ben Bizuneh says, “which means that maybe there’s more acceptance of homosexuality in the black community than I originally thought.”
Watch what he finds out below.