Almost as if to pre-emptively refute my “don’t be a dick” comments earlier today, Spinner has posted an interview with Ja Rule where he recants the homophobic remarks he made in an earlier interview with Complex magazine:
Let’s get to this straightaway: You caused quite a bit of controversy with your comments in Complex magazine, saying — and I’m paraphrasing — that homosexuality is what’s wrong with America. Is it accurate to say that you suffer from some degree of homophobia?
I’m a very avid speaker for all people’s rights and people having their own preference. I was taken out of context. My statement was more about where our mind state is as a people. We’re focused on the wrong things — like, our country is at war right now. These things are more of a problem to me. Like another case I just read about — young ladies being raped by six white men. These are the stories that should be popping up on my TV screen. That’s what I was talking about, and somehow it got spun into some other s—.
How would you react if one of your kids told you that he or she was gay?
That’s their own preference. I’m going to love them regardless. I have relatives that are homosexuals and, you know, they come over for Christmas, hang out. It’s something that starts with us. That’s why my album is named ‘The Mirror’ — because everybody has to look at themselves and take it upon themselves to educate. It’s my responsibility to educate my children — not the TV. I think a visual is more influential than audio, but that goes without being said. You know, that’s the world we live in and people are tight in the collar about a lot of issues. It is what it is.
Where do you stand on gay marriage?
It’s really not my business. I really could care less. It’s not something that bothers me.
Okay, so he doesn’t really recant his remarks–just puts a less noxious spin on them from a PR self-preservation standpoint–but I guess us obnoxious, player-hatin’ moral watchdogs can’t have the world in a day.