Two days ago at the famous Coachella Music Festival, hip-hop artist Lil B from Berkeley, California announced that he’s calling his upcoming album “I’m Gay”.
Lil B at Coachella
“I’m gonna do the most controversial thing in hip-hop. Ya’ll heard it first. And I’mma just show you that words don’t mean s**t. I’mma make an album called ‘I’m Gay,’ right. Now I’mma tell you why I’m the first person to do it in hip-hop and why you’re the first people to know my reasons. I’m just gonna tell you. So many people be worried about what people mean and definitions of words and s**t… Now I like women, I love women, you feel me. But within yourselves, no matter what you do, it doesn’t matter, it’s like live life. You’ve only got one life to live. Be happy. – Fuck the hate”
Interesting but nothing controversial or earth shattering. That is until GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) felt the need to get involved and say something to the media about it. (And truthfully I wonder where they even found the time or strength after their not one, not two, BUT THREE money wasting glitzy media award shows this year which was paid for with your donation money)
GLAAD questioned Lil B’s sincerity to XXLmag.com:
“As a lyricist, Lil B knows that words matter,” a spokesperson for GLAAD told XXLmag.com. “Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance. We hope that Lil B’s album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally. He has the platform and the voice. We hope he uses it in a positive way.”
Someone should really tell GLAAD that “gay” is NOT a slur. “Fucking queer” and “faggot” are slurs. But “Gay” is who we are and I am damn proud of that fact. And GLAAD should be too considering the first word in the organizations title is GAY.
Also this is not to make friends especially with influence people by questioning someones sincerity and making press statement BEFORE talking with them. One would think that GLAAD reaching out to Lil B and the hip-hop community would behoove us. And you’d think that a group that claims its “media savey” would know better.
Personally I think an “I’m Gay” campaign would be a great thing.
There’s a bit at the end of the movie “To Woo Fong, Thanks For Everything. Julie Newmar” when the redneck sheriff comes looking for the “unnatural deviant” drag queens when the entire town comes to thier defense by all saying that they are drag queens.
Maybe that’s a type of PSA we need (and something GLAAD should out your donation money to instead of parties, parties, parties). Celebrities, Sportsman, Singers, Politicians, ands everyday average people in PSA commercials which simply state “I’m Gay For LGBT Equality”
Would that be a slur GLAAD?