A YouTube video of a September wedding between a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and his groom has gone viral, with sometimes unpleasant results.
The video, entitled “Robert + Nathanael 9.8.12” has gotten 99,719 views, and has attracted over 1,400 “likes” and just 65 “dislikes.” But some of those who “disliked” the images in the video, which consisted of a series of crisp photographic stills depicting the elaborate outdoor ceremony at the Mansion at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington, Kentucky, were ugly.
“Well geez, most of the comments support this union on the basis that they are in love, so whats wrong with me and my sister getting married if we are in love too?” wrote one commenter, Lenny Sharke.
Another wrote: “”Ugh! I’m telling you we (strong, steadfast Christians) are a minority.”
As the video began to spread, the comments grew. Twitter exploded and “Kappa” became a trending topic after folks picked up on the fact that Nathanael appears to be a member of Kappa Alpha Psi*, a historically black fraternity.
In one part of the video, Nathanael is seen “throwing up the Yo” (the hand sign) and presumably posing with other members of the fraternity. Many of the negative commenters used this brief image to condemn not only Robert and Nathanael, but also the fraternity as well.
In the end, however, the vast majority of the comments under the video appear to be positive and congratulatory. Take a look at the video and let us know what you think! Is the video’s popularity a sign that gay marriage is gaining acceptance in the black community, or did this video go viral because of homophobia?