There is an absolutely stunning wedding video of two grooms that has gone viral and created some controversy. Robert Brown and Nathanael Gay jumped the broom on September 8, 2012 in a beautiful ceremony at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington, Kentucky.
The video montage captures the special day with exquisite photos of friends and family celebrating the day with Jennifer Hudson’s "If This Isn’t Love" in the background. The video was uploaded to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and that's when the controversy began. Nathanael is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, the historically Black fraternity. Several of the frat's distinctive symbols were prominent in the wedding video, notes Britni Danielle at Clutch Magazine.
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. While many of the comments about Robert and Nathanael’s union were positive, the onslaught of hate the wedding video provoked was astounding.
The situation is reminiscent of the 2009 wedding of popular Minneapolis hairstylist Michael Cole Smith and husband Jamil Smith Cole, who faced a vicious internet backlash after photos of their extravagant ceremony were uploaded online.
The "gay Kappa" wedding has apparently gained huge traction online because of the revered status of historically Black Greek organizations in the Black community. Another obvious factor is the homophobia associated with many Black frats—and part of that can be ascribed to their well-known closeted gay sub-culture. The fraternities association with the wedding is probably not the central issue—it's probably the denial of same-sex attraction in the larger Black community as well as expectations around "masculinity".