DMX's Endorsement Of Bernie Sanders Has Proven To Be False
It was the bark heard around the country, as a video of Bernie Sanders walking out to DMX‘s “Where the Hood At,” served as the presidential candidates entrance music. Taking place at a recent California rally, Bernie Sanders‘ camp quickly denied that such a thing even took place. Much to the disbelief of the voting public (who probably secretly wished it was true) — the creator of the viral video recently talked to Billboard to, in fact, let the world know that the DMX endorsement and entrance clip was false.
Edwin Acuna, who edited the song into the clip, called his actions a “social experiment.” Posting the video on Thursday, May 26, you can see the Vermont senator taking the stage to the Yonkers rapper’s 2003 track. Yet, if you go to Sanders’ YouTube channel, you can see and hear that there was no music used during his entrance in Lancaster, California. “Never thought I’d have to say this, but no @BernieSanders did not walk out to a #DMX song in Lancaster earlier this week,” Symone D. Sanders, Bernie’s national press secretary, tweeted. “Here is how @BernieSanders really entered the Lancaster rally…to epic cheers from the crowd.”
Acuna, who tweets as @EdwinPrime on Twitter, added the DMX song to the video. Reaching out to Billboard to confirm the hoax, Acuna issued his own statement, which you can read below.
“Standing in the crowd waiting for Senator Sanders can lead to daydreaming, and it did just that. It started with thinking how funny it would be if I edited a video to make it seem as if Bernie walked out to DMX, but after waiting a bit longer, I decided I’d turn it into a social experiment.” “Everyone seems to be very easily fooled by anything they see on the Internet. On one end we have a majority of the Twitter community going crazy and some going as far as even saying they’re ‘switching allegiances’ and ‘I was never going to vote but this just changed my mind’ to some people in the LGBT community saying they knew all along that Bernie Sanders is a ‘gay basher’ and to be honest, if I wanted that to be the message the song would have started completely different.
Instead, what we hear is ‘Where the Hood At?’ At the end of it all, I wanted to show the world that politics are not something to fool around with and to prove it, I faked this video. Bernie has always made it a point that the youth needs to get more involved in the political process, and as funny as it may be that DMX’s ‘Where the Hood At?!’ might have swayed them into doing so, it’s still very disappointing at the same time. I’ve observed each candidate very closely, and regardless of what people may think of Bernie Sanders and their stance politically, there’s no denying he is a man of the people, and there is more than enough evidence to prove that.
With all that being said, I hope everyone realizes that we still live in the real world, not the Internet.”
Prior to all this tomfoolery, DMX responded with thoughts on the clip to Billboard in an email, saying, “When God shows up he shows out” — though he did not offer any insight to his political allegiance or if he was officially endorsing Sanders.