Los Angeles rapper Murs has a message for Atlanta Hip-Hop artist Lil Scrappy’s toxic homophobia: I kissed a guy and I think I liked it. And he put his gay smooch in a video.
Scrappy was inspired by the recent coming out of
Anderson Cooper Frank Ocean. Scrappy of MTV’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” offered up a heaping helping of ignorance in response: Gay is a “doorway to AIDS .. definitely, scientifically.”
Murs struck a different note, working to combat Hip-Hip homophobia. In the music video for “Animal Style,” he takes part in a brief gay kiss. More like he wears a “Legalize Gay” t-shirt and plays the closeted Roderick in the video. Murs calls it a love song; check his reaction to the kiss and the twisted, tragic ending to make your own call.
But Murs makes it clear what he supports on his YouTube page.
Animal Style is a song I did for many reasons,” Murs explains. “The first was to be an advocate for people close to me who are out, and those who have yet to come out. It’s also a love song, which is nothing new for me. But 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.”
Scrappy, this is what you’d call a teachable moment.