UPDATE: The Washington Blade reports the Sanders campaign says it is a victim of a hoax video–that the DMX song was not played to intro Sanders. The campaign pointed to a YouTube video posted the day after the rally that shows Sanders taking the stage without the vile rap song being played.
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.”
The political media has given a complete pass to Democratic party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for taking to the stage this week in Lancaster, California as the sound system played the profanity-filled rap song “Where the Hood At” by DMX that calls for the killing of gay and transgender men.
Video was posted by Edwin Acuna to Twitter on Thursday and later on YouTube. The rally took place Wednesday night at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster located in Los Angeles County.
“Here it is, Bernie Sanders coming out to DMX’s “where the hood at” in Lancaster, Ca. #FeelTheBern #BernieSanders”
A search of media reports shows no criticism of Sanders using the profane, violently anti-gay song for his stage entrance. In fact the political media, except for Politco, has ignored this. Instead Sanders is praised for his choice of music by the political bible Politico and entertainment bible Billboard:
ROUGH RYDER: BERNIE SANDERS entered his Thursday (sic) rally to the rapper DMX’s “Where The Hood At?” (The Root) http://goo.gl/9RMaun
Bernie Sanders’ street cred might be all the way up. The Democratic presidential candidate hosted a California rally on Thursday where his entrance theme music was DMX’s “Where the Hood At?”
Thanks to Twitter user @Edwinprime, the video shows Sanders strutting out to the rapper’s 2003 hype anthem in front of cheering supporters.
DMX responded to the clip in an email sent to Billboard, saying, “When God shows up he shows out.” He did not confirm whether he was a Democrat or officially supporting Sanders.
Even music reporter Kimberly Ricci with Uproxx wouldn’t mention the song’s anti-gay theme as she gushed in her article about how Sanders hired ‘Obama’s DJ’ to play tracks like “Where the Hood At”for his rallies:
“Bernie Sanders knows how to make an entrance…
“To further gather the troops, Sanders held a Thursday night rally in Lancaster. His fiery speech — which argued for legalization of marijuana and against low Disneyland wages in the face of enormous corporate profits — drew plenty of attention. Yet nothing is making headlines like Sanders’ entrance song, DMX’s “Where the Hood At?” And make no mistake, rally music is a highly planned endeavor. To that end, the Sanders campaign entrusts Mel Sandico (a.k.a. DJ Mel), who’s “notoriously known as Obama’s DJ” according to his own website. DJ Mel has taken Sanders’ campaign beyond the usual “Theme from Rocky” default mode that candidates (including Trump) tend to favor.”
It fell to gay Democratic Party activist John Aravosis to call Sanders out.
Excerpt of lyrics to “Where the Hood At”
Aiyyo, ya niggaz must be outcha fuckin mind
Thinkin dog can’t pull another motherfuckin rabbit out the hat
Nigga I ain’t gotta check out my motherfuckin sleeves you bitch ass niggaz
Fuck is y’all niggaz…
Y’all niggaz just thinkin I’m sittin around doin nothin?
Oh my God, y’all niggaz can’t be serious
[Chorus: DMX – repeat 2X]
Where the hood, where the hood, where the hood at?
Have that nigga in the cut, where the wood at?
Oh, them niggaz actin up?!? Where the wolves at?
You better BUST THAT if you gon pull that
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Man, cats don’t know what it’s gonna be
Fuckin with a nigga like me, D-to-the-M-to-the-X
Last I heard, y’all niggaz was havin sex, with the SAME sex
I show no love, to homo thugs
Empty out, reloaded and throw more slugs
How you gonna explain fuckin a man?
Even if we squashed the beef, I ain’t touchin ya hand
I don’t buck with chumps, for those to been to jail
That’s the cat with the Kool-Aid on his lips and pumps
I don’t fuck with niggaz that think they broads
Only know how to be ONE WAY, that’s the dog
I know how to get down, know how to BITE
Bark very little, but I know HOW TO FIGHT
I know how to chase a cat up in the tree
MAN, I GIVE Y’ALL NIGGAZ THE B’INESS FOR FUCKIN WIT ME, IS YOU CRAZY?!?
Now imagine the media reaction if Donald Trump…