Homophobia and contradictions in rap

After viewing this week’s episode of Boondocks, which aired June 20th, the topic of discussion has been the use of the term “no homo”. In addition to defining the use of this term, the episode discussed the rumors of filmmaker, Tyler Perry, being gay.

In the past few years when rappers use analogies or metaphors that in other circles could be deemed homoerotic statements, they use the offensive term “no homo” as Riley explains in this clip.

It is usually said in gay circles that if someone is adamantly against homosexuality to the point that it incites extreme anger, there usually is an underlining issue.  Many people (not all) who involve themselves in gaybashing are actually gay themselves and gaybash in an attempt to suppress feelings that they may be hiding.  Hip Hop, which is extremely homophobic and places second behind dancehall music’s offensive anti-gay rhetoric  has had many sexual moments.  Who could forget the infamous kiss between Lil Wayne and Baby?

Here is a clip from 106th & Park where Baby offers a weak explaination after Lil’ Wayne made a very gay statement.

What’s amazing to me is that Lil’ Wayne went on to sell millions, offer guest appearances on many artists’ tracks and all was forgotten. (Reminds me of how fast the industry forgave R. Kelly when we all know he’s guilty. OJ anyone?)

But this post is not to bash Lil’ Wayne.  Gay or not gay, isn’t the issue.  What seems unfair though is how the Hip Hop industry can continue to berate homosexuality but has gay undertones on a consistent basis.

Saggin’ pants (which is the inverse of the “n” word and a fashion trend I wish never saw the light of day) originated from gay prison culture. It is said that in prison if a man’s pants were sagging, apart from the fact that they were often too large and prisoners weren’t allowed belts, it meant that a man was homosexual. I never could understand how men could stand around and stare at each other’s boxers all day.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Another picture from our favorite rapper (sarcasm intended):

Lastly, there was a period in hip hop fashion where baby pink was the color of choice popularized by Camron and his Dipset comrads. I personally find men in pastels to be quite attractive and refreshing but a pink mink?  I think that’s going a bit too far.

Exhibit C: Camron in a nice, fuzzy, fluffy pink mink.

Exhibit D:

Not to mention there was Purple City, which is another color that is deemed gay (remember Tinky Winky, the allegedly purple gay Teletubby.  Also if I remember correctly, one of Camron’s close friends is Winky Wink.  But I digress…) In the same episode of the Boondocks, Winston Jerome (Tyler Perry) puts a lilac deep “V” neck sweater on Jesus. Not to mention Jim Jones favors wearing “V” neck shirts often.  I’m just saying…

It’s a shame that Hip Hop continues on it’s downward narrow-minded spiral of alienation and total wackness by condoning the acts of someone like R. Kelly (um yeah he wore a purple scarf, matching boots and deep “V” neck shirt in the “Number One” video.  It first appears on his runway at 1:55 minutes in the video. Not to mention his “Trapped in the Closet” musical series. MESSAGE!)

I am in no way condemning these artists if they are in fact gay.  I would also praise any artist in Hip-Hop culture that came out of the closet.  I just can’t condone the contradictory attitude that this culture has taken, condemning homosexuality so adamantly as to not be mistaken as gay, when there are so many gay examples within the culture itself.  My advice to all is live and let live.


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