Misunderstood Affection

As the saying goes: Each picture is worth a thousand words; so, what does this picture mean? On June 7th,  the magazine ,Fader, released their cover of Rae Sremmurd depicted of the two artist. Slim Jimmy is leaning against Swae Lee, and because of this, the dynamic duo have gotten some backlash for it.

Some of the most recent allegations on social media is that it looks “gay”, when in actuality, the two are brothers. Individuals on twitter have refuted these statements about their sexuality by stating their familial relationship and by simply explaining that touching or close contact between men does not suggest the two are homosexuals.

This is just another example of society over-sexualizing and misinterpreting the purpose of affection. Not only does our society misinterpret the meaning of these touches,but societal stereotypes for how a man should be, suggests that a man should present himself as being strong, hard, and independent.

This picture not only shows a softer more calm side of Rae Sremmurd, but it defies the societal stereotypes that a man should present, which is leading to these comments on their look and their closeness.

Consequently, Rae Sremmurd had not been the only victims of one slight appearance. Miami Heat power forward, Chris Bosh had also been dealing with allegations about his sexuality for years because of his mannerisms.

Chris Bosh has often been the laughing stock of the Miami Heat primarily for his with his relationship with his teammates and his relatively feminine mannerisms. In June 2014, he finally responded to these allegations stating that he was not gay nor was he ever attracted to males.

Bosh stated to the Inquisitir, “What am I supposed to do? You want me to have cornrows and tats on my neck and just punch somebody in the face when they score on me? It’s crazy. It’s impossible. I can’t do that and play. That’s never been who I am. I’m just going to be myself. I shouldn’t have to apologize for that. If people don’t understand that, then they don’t understand it. I’m not going to try to be somebody I’m not.”

Bosh, a happily married man with children, had always been questioned about it, and it still to this day wondering when it will end.

In professional sports, men are expected to be team players and perform as an individual, yet Bosh got ridiculed for how he cheered on his teammates by touching them, and more importantly, how he expressed himself.

In PsychologyToday, Kory Floyd Ph.D. writes in his article titled : What Lack of Affection Can Do to You, that a study of 509 individuals was conducted some of which lacked skin contact others and others who had plenty of it and determined the effects skin contact had on the individuals. The results showed that those who lacked skin contact are more susceptible to becoming depressed and lonely as a result of not feeling affectionate with individuals.

This just goes to show that having contact with people is imperative for the mental health of another. While Bosh may seem too “touchy” to some, it actually shows that he wants his teammates to feel appreciated.

Similarly, the Fader cover shows the strong bond and affection between two musically-inclined brothers.

While Rae Sremmurd has yet to acknowledge these allegations, its a reach for the public to suggest homosexual innuendos or incest based on a simple magazine cover.

Yes, some situations may be questionable to the public eye, but not everything is as it seems.

Sources: Inquisitir, Hot New Hip Hop