Bernie Sanders Did Not Play DMX's 'Where the Hood At'; Video Creator Speaks on 'Social Experiment'
Bernie Sanders' camp denied that the Democratic presidential candidate played DMX's "Where the Hood At" as his entrance music at a recent California rally -- and the creator of the video in question has confirmed to Billboard that he edited the song into the clip, calling his action a "social experiment."
Edwin Acuna, who tweets as @Edwinprime, posted a video on Thursday (May 26) showing Sanders taking the stage to the rapper's 2003 track. But a video uploaded to Sanders' YouTube channel shows that no music was used during his entrance in Lancaster, Calif., on Wednesday (May 25) at the Antelope Valley Fairground, the rally where it was originally reported that the DMX song played.
"Never thought I'd have to say this, but no @BernieSanders did not walk out to a #DMX song in Lancaster earlier this week," Bernie Sanders' national press secretary, Symone D. Sanders, tweeted. "Here is how @BernieSanders really entered the Lancaster rally...to epic cheers from the crowd!"
Acuna, who added the DMX song to the video, reached out to Billboard to issue his own statement: "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," Acuna said.
He continued: "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 Billboard getting confirmation that the video is fake, DMX responded to the clip in an email, saying, "When God shows up he shows out" -- though he did not say whether he was a Democrat or officially supporting Sanders.