They’re Here, They’re Queer, And Kanye’s Almost Used To Them

Aug 20th, 2007 // 11 Comments

kanye.jpgDespite what Al Sharpton might think, hip-hop is not generally well-known for its tolerant outlook on the love that dare not speak its name, which makes Kanye West’s occasional limp-wristed slaps at rap homophobes almost revolutionary in a very sad way. He’s quoted in the NME as saying that he’s taken some lumps from his peers for daring to not dehumanize homosexuals, and that he meets “so many different gay people who are actually nice people” that it’s changed his outlook for the better.

“It’s being in the entertainment world, I meet so many different gay people who are actually nice people. Where I came from, Chicago, being black and being a hip-hop artist, we used to really disrespect gay people. And the thing is, we can’t get close to them with a 10-foot pole. And I realised, ‘Wow, how ignorant has this been?’”

If only other rappers could meet some nice gay folks they might actually start viewing them as people and not a punchline. Perhaps a hip-hop field trip to a gay bar is in order. Alas, Kanye’s still not totally down: “And I’m still homophobic myself to certain extent…You know, I wouldn’t go to a gay parade and feel comfortable. I wouldn’t ever to a gay club or something and just be chillin’ and grab a drink.” Aww.

Kanye West Reacts To Fallout Over Homophobia Comments [NME]

  1. Lucas Jensen

    Hmm…I think it’s interesting how he’s wrestling with his inculcated homophobia quite publicly. I mean, at least he’s admitting it. Sure, the whole “gay people are kinda nice” thing is grown-worthy. But how many other hip-hop artists (popular, non-underground ones) have ever made this kind of step! Rap needs an Aretha (and maybe even a Little Richard?).

  2. Al Shipley

    The funny thing is that gay jokes/accusations get lobbed at Kanye pretty often in hip hop circles, but I get the feeling it has way more to do with his bizarre fashion sense than his conflicted or open-minded public statements on the subject.

  3. SomeSound-MostlyFury

    Wait, gays are people? AND they’re nice? My brain hurts.
    Don’t slap Kanye with the revolutionary tag until he at least pretends not to be surprised that gay people aren’t angry, well-dressed aliens.

  4. Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue

    And the thing is, we can’t get close to them with a 10-foot pole.

    Hence the well-lubricated 20-foot poles.

  5. zaky

    He fails to mention the evil gay people though–the ones that just be chillin’ in a bar.

  6. nonce

    The way to move forward, here, is to flood YouTube with hip-hop tracks set to edits of Paris is Burning.

  7. goldsoundz

    He’s right about the fact that homophobia in the inner-city is on a different level entirely.

  8. TheMojoPin

    “Where I came from, Chicago, being black and being a hip-hop artist, we used to really disrespect gay people.”

    Hell, even Common was dropping the other f-bomb on a pretty regular basis with his first 2 albums. It’s a pretty big extended blight on the career of a “progressive” MC. Granted, he seems to have “grown out of it” with his pseudo-hippiedom in recent years, but still…

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  9. The Mozfather

    If this interview is any indication, at this rate, Lil Wayne will be announcing his homosexuality the Merv Griffin way.

  10. SBJ

    Also, he was totally on Ellen a year or so ago. It was cute.

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