- (Photo: New Birth Missionary Baptist Church via The Christian Post)
Several young men have created a parody of Bishop Eddie Long that pokes fun at the pastor’s legal battle. It seems the “Eddie Longstroke Dance” became viral in late 2010 after four young men filed separate lawsuits accusing Long of using his pastoral influence to force them into a sexual relationship with him.
The video opens with a young man getting into his father’s car. Immediately, something appears wrong as the youth struggles to tell his father about a trip “with the Longs.”
As the father attempts to console his son, the young man exclaims, “I can’t get his smell off of me, Dad.”
The next scene shows two men dressed in muscles shirts, wearing jheri curl styled wigs. Surely, the costumes are meant to mock photos Long took of himself posing in the bathroom while wearing spandex. The photos were reportedly sent to the four male accusers from the pastor’s cell phone.
Background music begins and the men chant, “Do the long stroke, Eddie Longstroke” while dancing to a catchy beat similar to rapper Soulja Boy’s “Crank That.”
Thousands of people have commented online about the dance video.
One reader wrote, “Satan has really set us all up to continue puttin’ energy into what kills us all. Ignorance...if we put more energy & time into Prayer than into this buffoonery [sic] we would most definetly [sic] show our children how to break the clear to see cycle of ignorance we rotate in..."
Perhaps the parody creators were inspired by Long’s “Cross It Up” dance. The pastor introduced the dance in 2010 to his congregation. A video of the service shows the Atlanta-based mega church leader jumping into the air and crossing his arms back and forth, calling out “Where my young people at? Where my little sporty? Where my little shorties? Where they at?”
Long denied claims that he engaged in intimate sexual acts with the young men and enticed them with lavish gifts. His attorney’s maintain that the pastor was attempting to be a father figure to the youths.
The parties reached an out-of-court settlement in May but neither side would comment on the details.