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christian thugs who love to give side hugs

I just can't get over the absurdity of this... the first time I watched it, it did not occur to me until the very end that it was not a parody:



Huffington Post: Youth Group Puts Down Sinful Front-Hug With Rap Song

Abstinence-Only Rappers Sing About The "Christian Side Hug"

"Jesus never hugged nobody like that!"

Of all the things gangster rappers would be upset about... front-hugging someone before you're married?? What ever happened to good old fashioned songs like "Fuck the Police"? This is an embarassment to self-respecting gangsters everywhere!

The worst part is, it's actually kind of a catchy tune. I hardly ever feel this way, but watching this really does make me feel like our society is slipping into some kind of abyss of insanity. I must be getting old to think that =)

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nasu_dengaku
Dec. 1st, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
It's sort of a joke... the reality is more nuanced:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-talk-christian-side-hugnov30,0,6899998.column

It does also function as a parody of gangsta rap, though they probably didn't intend it as such.

spoonless
Dec. 1st, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Ah, that's a relief. So the writer is a Christian, but the real question is... does he give side hugs or front hugs? He says it is "self-depricating humor", but to me there is a big difference if he means he is making fun of some of the prudishness that other Christians (not him) have, versus making a funny song about something he takes seriously in real life... ie, not hugging someone front-on. In the latter case, it's hardly different from what I thought it was, although I'm glad he can laugh about it. Unfortunately, the Chicago Tribune article leaves that part ambiguous.

Also, I'm guessing they perform this for mostly Christian audiences, right? If so, it still seems at least half-serious.
spoonless
Dec. 1st, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
I guess this is a perfect example of Poe's Law at work:

http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/Poe%27s_Law
roxymartini
Dec. 1st, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
what exactly is a side hug?
spoonless
Dec. 1st, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
a hug designed to minimize potential contact with the breasts, by standing to the side of someone and awkwardly hooking your arm around their shoulders or neck

Edited at 2009-12-01 10:36 am (UTC)
nasu_dengaku
Dec. 1st, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
It occurred to me that the amount of time fundamentalists spend avoiding and controlling sexual urges may equal the amount of time sex-positive people spend indulging in them.
fermi
Dec. 1st, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
sigh, white people ;)
elgecko
Dec. 1st, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
There's one thing i found wrong with your post.

watching this really does make me feel like our society is slipping into some kind of abyss of insanity.

Shouldn't that be "has slipped"? =)
variantvortex
Dec. 2nd, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
"we do it day and night" - audience goes wild

And it sure looks like he's grabbing his dick often.

Oh, and saddlebacking. Most religions have been in the abyss for a while now.
invisibor
Dec. 3rd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
As a teacher, we were taught to use the side-hug with students.
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