Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gay Hip-Hop Rappers Tackle Homophobia

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with identical twin brothers Jackson and Coleman Vrana from Elephant, the punk-infused hip-hop duo based in Hollywood that we first heard about when we interviewed Josie Cotton. Their controversial new music video Queer Nation takes on homophobia and is getting buzz. You can watch the video here and decide for yourself. Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think.

When asked what their inspiration was behind the song and video for Queer Nation Vrana stated, “At the time we were listening to a lot of homophobic hip-hop, which we like even though you know what it is, we still enjoy it. We kind of wanted to respond to that. So we wrote a song that I think kind of turns that type of song on its head and I think we burn a few gay stereotypes in the process. We made a video for it with Jim Zabilla the director. We shot it in a trailer truck on a parking lot. It was inspired by the whole Party Monster idea and it’s getting some really good responses so we’re really excited about it.” Vrana added about the explicit language, “We think it’s pretty important to challenge people to embrace the language and culture in general that they’re not comfortable with. We both view it as a form of social progression when you can make people challenge their own idea of language.”

Their music is raw and hot with LGBT topics like Notorious H.I.V. to The Tranny Step. Jackson and Coleman Vrana are very outspoken about our LGBT issues especially our LGBTQ teens who are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. They state on their website, “To fight for your own identity is to fight for everyone’s. Our message is in our DNA. Being yourself and embracing it, owning it, may be the message of Elephant.”
For More Info: elephantwave.com
Dare to Watch QUEER NATION....

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