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LUKE BURBANK, host:

Well, we're going to kind of follow up on something that we got into last week, and that got a lot of attention on THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT blog.

STEWART: And other blogs, too.

BURBANK: Yes.

STEWART: They picked up the story.

BURBANK: It was a discussion about a public service announcement in Dallas, Texas. It was aimed at telling kids to pull their pants up. The PSA was a rap song by a gospel rapper named Dooney Da' Priest.

STEWART: I don't think that's his given name.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Well, we're going to have our fact-checking department get on that, if that's his birth name or not. But let's hear a little bit of Dooney Da' Priest.

(Soundbite of song, "Pull Your Pants Up")

Unidentified Group: (Rapping) Pull 'em up, pull 'em up, pull 'em up.

Mr. DOONEY DA' PRIEST (Gospel Rapper): (Rapping) Yeah. Be a real man. Stand up. That's your underwear man, pull your pants up. I'm a grown man on the ground trying to shine. How are you going around with your mind showing your behind? I think it's rude, but some of y'all think it's cool, walking around showing your behind to other dudes. It looks retarded to degenerating, real hard. Yeah, you're hard, but now it's hard to get a real job. What's up with you, bro? We're just trying to let you know…

STEWART: All right. So his skills as a rapper, not bad…

BURBANK: No, not bad at all.

STEWART: People have been singing that song. But some of his lyrics - something about showing your behind to other dudes and discussions about real men and what that means, our blog readers kind of caught on to something. They began to question these lyrics, pointing out that the song used homophobia to scare kids into pulling up their pants.

Here's one comment from our blog. William wrote: Yes, as soon as those kids hear that they look gay for doing it, they'll stop. And so the stereotype that gay equals bad is perpetuated. How will the gay kids among the blacks feel?

BURBANK: Mara wrote, I'm not…

STEWART: Blacks?

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Never mind.

BURBANK: Next up on the show: whoever wrote that.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Mara wrote on our blog: I'm not sure how there could be any question about this. The song attempts to get kids/guys to pull their pants up in part by saying that saggy pants make it seem like they have sex with other men. In what way could that not be seen as homophobic?

STEWART: Was that the actual intention of the song? Well, we contacted Dooney Da' Priest, the religious rapper, about this song. And Dooney has already posted an apology to the gay community on his MySpace page. He told us the song was not an attack on homosexuals, but he also told us he really isn't down with the gay folks, either. Take a listen.

Mr. DA' PRIEST: It has nothing to do with the gay community, because like I said, I was dealing with the N-word, too, you know, saying - as well. So hey, like I said, I wrote an apology to the gay community, and that's basically about all I can do, you know.

STEWART: The issue, Dooney, is that by making it uncool, you're saying being gay is uncool, being on the down low as you write your lyrics, is the uncool thing.

Mr. DA' PRIEST: Well, one thing, it's not being gay that's uncool. I think the fact that a lot of - 80 percent of the young men on the streets are ignorant of the fact of what it truly means. And so my thing is to educate them. Now, whether their sexual preference is to be a homosexual or being gay, that's their problem.

I'm the street priest, and I have real good Christian values on what I believe in, and I am against homosexuality, but this is not the reason why I wrote the song. My thing is to educate them. Now, if they still want to wear their pants below after being educated and being made aware of what that truly means, and if they want to be known as being a homosexual on the down low or gay, that's their sexual preference.

I have nothing to do with that, because only God can judge them. I'm not here to judge. And I said that in the beginning of my rap. I'm the street priest. I'm not here to judge. If you want to be gay, that's your problem. That is something you have to deal with between you and God. My whole thing of doing the song was to create some peer pressure amongst the young people to where it changes their mindset to where amongst their group of peers to where they'll say hey, let's pull up our pants because I don't want to be considered gay.

BURBANK: That was Dooney Da' Priest, gospel rapper based in Dallas, Texas. I, by the way, asked him if he wanted to freestyle an apology on THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT.

STEWART: Not so much.

BURBANK: He didn't know what - what rhymes with homophobic? Romamobic(ph)?

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Anyway, Dooney Da' Priest, Dallas, Texas, the artist behind the public service announcement, "Pull Your Pants Up."

(Soundbite of song, "Pull Your Pants Up")

Mr. DA' PRIEST: (Rapping) It looks retarded to degenarting, real heard. Yeah you're hard, but now it's hard to get a real job. What's up little bro? We're just trying to let you know. Put a belt around your waist before your pants hit the floor. You're 20 and above, and you're still sag? Man, you're grown and you're wrong, you should feel bad. A disgrace to your race, where your pride at? Come on, man, pull up your pants and get your pride back. I'm not saying don't show your swag with your baggy jeans. I'm just saying don't show your hey with your baggy jeans. Pull 'em up. What's up with it, bro? Pull 'em up before your pants hit the floor. Pull 'em up. What's up with it, bro? Pull 'em up before your pants hit the floor. Pull 'em up. What's up with it, bro?

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