A man eats a hotdog at a cookout. “No homo,” he says.
“That’s a nice shirt, bro. No homo,” he compliments his friend as he gives him dap. The night goes on, they have one too many drinks, and one of the friends falls over something. He isn’t paying attention. “That’s a big ass stick. Damn. No homo, bruh,” he wipes the dirt off of his fit, disgruntled. They head home and part ways, it’s been a long night.
“Y’all think this cover gay?,” a Twitter user by the name of Kevin Fart asks.
Yall think this cover gay? pic.twitter.com/tuKyLcvLR8
— Kevin Fart (@Jacti0nJ) June 8, 2016
It’s retweeted over 200 times. It’s seen by millions of people before the day comes to a close. Everybody wants to know…is Rae Sremmurd GAY now?
Well, the answer is no. Actually Rae Sremmurd is a hip hop duo, composed of two blood brothers, Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jimmi” Brown from Tupelo, Mississippi. They gave us a few songs we hate to love in the last few years, including “No Flex Zone” and “No Type.” And most recently, the duo appeared on the cover of FADER mag-shirts off, skin touching. They aren’t hugging, kissing, coddling, or playing in each other’s hair-yet, somehow they are now being labeled the poster boys for the YMCA. I find that interesting.
I wonder how miserable it must be to never be able to show your own brother, your own friend any kind of affection because…man.
For example, in Italy, it’s customary that you greet someone with a kiss on the cheek, male or female. In India, it’s not uncommon to see two men hugging or holding hands.
Here’s former President Bush with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
Here’s a pic of two guy friends in Sudan.
Is it only American culture that makes it a taboo for men to show any kind of affection toward their male friends? Some people think it’s a Black thing.
Honestly black men live the most miserable lives… Can't do nothing without being called gay 😕 pic.twitter.com/1ERwMuPwP8
— Timisola (@ItsTimiDuhh) June 7, 2016
While I understand men not wanting to walk around holding each other’s hands (I don’t really wanna hold my friends’ hands either), I also think this brings a relevant conversation to the forefront. By shaming men any time they display any type of male bond, are we doing more harm than we are good?
What are your thoughts on the cover? Does race play a role in the backlash?