No Homo

Somehow I missed out on the "no homo" phenomenon--probably because much as I like hip-hop, my tastes run more toward the less commercial, more political variety. I first heard about it last fall when a student of mine wrote a paper about the term in response to an excerpt from Leslie Savan's book titled Slam Dunks and No-Brainers--good essay, well, as good as a freshman-level can hope to be in general.

But I saw this video on The Rumpus yesterday, and it explained the whole story, and in the meantime, points out an important lesson in trying to use potentially offensive terms in a ironic way. It's worth watching.

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