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New Kids On The Block’s Jonathan Knight Talks About Being Outed

If you grew up in the 90s as I did, then there’s no way you could not have heard about the music group New Kids On The Block. And even to this day, mention of the band drives the most mild mannered of housewives to a state of nostalgia and questionable dance moves. As the group evolved and the band members grew up, they were able to have the room to be who they really are and this is especially true for bandmember Jonathan Knight who came out years later.

But it was not of his own will, unfortunately as others decided to voice their own opinions on his sexuality. First by his old girlfriend and teen icon Tiffany. Then by the infamous blogger Perez Hilton that is known for his trolling ways. Here’s more:

“Perez tried to out me many times and I hate that guy for doing that,” Knight noted. “I was already gay and living a gay lifestyle but he wanted me to talk about it. Why? My brother and the rest of the guys don’t go on interviews saying ‘I’m straight’ etc. so why do I need to just because I’m gay?”

He concluded, “People like him want me to talk about it to make themselves feel better. They think ‘I’m gay so I want to make sure everybody knows I’m not the only one out there.’ I hate that.”

In 2011, Knight broke his silence following the Tiffany gaffe on the official NKOTB blog, according to Towleroad.

He wrote:

“My belief is that you live your life by example, and not by a caption on a magazine! If there ever has been any confusion about my sexuality, then you are someone that doesn’t even know me!I love living my life being open and honest, but at this time I choose not to discuss my private life any further! My fellow band members don’t discuss their private lives with their loved ones and I don’t feel that just because I am gay, I should have to discuss mine!”

It does not matter whether Knight was living authentically as a gay man and just not speaking about it publicly or completely in the closet the journey of coming out should never be in the hands of anyone else. It’s disturbing and flat out wrong for Perez or anyone else have a hand in how someone else comes out because it isn’t anyone else’s business but yours. No one owes anyone to share that part of their lives if they are not ready to do so. All forms of the media should know that. It’s all about decency.

I do applaud Knight in embracing the media coverage that came of all this a few years ago and still doing so today. And hope those so called journalist bloggers like Perez learn some decency and stop trying to out people.

 

 

Azealia Banks Responds To LGBT Criticism, Does Her Rebuttal Have A Point?

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Rapper Azealia Banks has been the center of controversy for the past month for her recent anti-gay comments towards Perez Hilton. When it appeared that the situation had at least quieted down, Banks again went on a tirade this past week on Hilton again as well as the rapper Baauer after they had a conflict over Banks sampling his hit song Harlem Shake, The LGBT community have been vocal condemning Banks’ hate speech as it appears the concept of how inflammatory her comments have had on others.

Well now Banks has even more to say and wants to set the record straight. Overall, Banks feels like the LGBT community is set on vilifying her for something that everyone does and shouldn’t take this incident so seriously when there are other things of more importance:

“Why are all these other things like murder and sex and violence and all these other things accepted, but as soon as I call one gay white man a faggot, his feelings are more important… Freedom of speech, you know, and with freedom of speech comes the freedom to be offended, you know?”

There are such bigger problems… and then you’ve got organisations like GLAAD [Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation], which are fucking complete bullshit.

 

Is Banks right and are we impeding on her right to free speech? No we aren”t because just because you have every right to say what you want doesn’t mean that there are a lack of consequences  There are consequences to every action, even voicing our opinions. We have every right to being offended of the immature, reckless use of words that are used while kids are bullied and nearly beaten to death. A word that they will always associate with pain and fear. The concept of what fee speech seems to be lost on Banks. So free speech is not saying whatever the hell you want without people telling you how that makes them feel.

Then Banks elaborates on this weak point. Claiming all the other wronged groups of the world are still doing the same bad things. It so much is like a child when caught red handed tries to point to everyone else that has their hand in the cookie jar, rather than owning up to their wrongdoing.

Some people are Satanists, some people are Christians, some people are Jews, Buddhists, you know what I mean? Some people are still Nazis… there are some people who are still KKK members… Come on people, please. If you’re trying to call me a homophobe, you’re basically trying to imply that I’m insulting you for having sex with men. I have sex with men too – what the fuck?

I have sex with men and women, do I have to take a picture of my licking a fucking pussy? What the fuck! It doesn’t make any sense. It’s so stupid. It’s so stupid and it’s so evil. And it’s just like this stupid fucking media shit, you know what I mean? It’s the media shit. And this is why I go about myself the way the way I go about myself, and I do whatever the fuck I want. If the media is going to build me up to tear me down, you motherfuckers are not going to tear me down.

Banks clearly has never heard of the terms of internalized homophobia and internalized misogyny that these attacks have been riddled throughout this controversy. The way she condemns sexual acts of gay men as degrading, disgusting and humiliating is disturbing. And we already know all the other dark, cold realities of the world Azealia. The people you are proclaiming we should be focused on are the ones that use the slurs you’ve now become more infamous for.

This isn’t about some tortured artist that is looking to escape the man’s oppressive thumb. It’s about a pretentious ass who thinks it’s okay to act like anything as feminine is weak and then when confronted will cling to the very thing you insulted. There is no re-appropriation to words once they have been expressed in an oppressive manner.

No one is asking you to be a role model or to act a certain way but you damn well better believe that when you have something shitty to say people have every right to tell you what a complete ass backwards hypocrite you really are.

Rapper Azealia Banks Puts Foot In Mouth Again, Tweets More Anti-Gay Slurs

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You may remember the media blitz created by the so-called up and coming rapper Azealia Banks and her unnecessary twitter war last month with equally controversial blogger Perez Hilton last month. Banks very blatantly used homophobic anti-gay slurs after the two had a disagreement. The LGBT community took the self proclaimed “Rapunxel” of rap to task for her verbal diarrhea and her refusal to make a legitimate apology. You would think that run in would have taught her a lesson but apparently it didn’t.

Fresh off a new remix of the song “Harlem Shake” Banks was taken back when the originator of the song known as Baauer was not too keen on Banks reinterpreting his original song he suggests was created in 2001. Banks did not appreciate this return and began to angrily ask Baauer why he didn’t want her to use the song as a remix. He simply stated because it was not her song. This enraged Banks and the conversation disintergrated when questioned by Baauer’s supporters leading Banks to tweet more anti-gay slurs:

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This of course caused members of the LGBT community to react but again, Banks seemed unphased by the tension she had once again created. Then Perez Hilton chimed into the debate, and then Banks turned back to her misogynistic, homophobic, and extremely immature rage:

 

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At the time of this report Banks showed no signs of quitting this barrage of homophobic insults. Clearly her management fails to see how her using such language is alienating a fanbase that up until last month supported and embraced her. What bothers me most is that through all this, her message continually implies that femininity is weak and that gay is weak and an insult. I just like any other gay men love other men and trust, I don’t ever hear the term weak come up when we get down.

I’m so damn tired of this mindset that gay equals weak and from wherever she learned this flawed ideology she apparently continues making the same flawed statement. She can claim that because she is a bisexual woman that it gives her a pass but it doesn’t. It’s just as damning to those that are afraid of coming out that feel they don’t have a voice seeing a trait of femininity in gay culture be reduced to less than the majority. I don’t care what her experiences are anymore at this point. To say the least, it implies that we can use words that are meant to shame and degrade us and use against each other.

I’m no fan of Perez, because he has done some pretty shitty things to other members of this community too. But two wrongs don’t make a right. And at this point, fully support a complete boycott of all her music, works, projects, perfumes, or whatever the hell else she’s trying to promote. I won’t support hate in any form. Period.

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And can I just say how frustrated I am seeing some of her supporters, more notably gay men, actually condoning this behavior on twitter right now? This is not about Perez, this is about her ass backwards way of thinking. This internalized homophobia laced with misogynistic, anti-woman ideology is disturbing and witnessing the very people she is insulting blindly justify her actions tonight really need to reevaluate their priorities.  Her claiming that she’s being targeted as a woman is invalidated especially when she repeatedly puts femininity and women down in the same breath.

Scissor Sister’s Jake Shears Takes On Azealia Banks Over “Faggot” Tweets – Banks Doubles Down

Jake Shears who’s currently on hiatus from Scissor Sisters went after rapper Azealia Banks over her “faggot” Twitter attack on Perez Hilton yesterday.

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GLAAD of course sent out another of their wishy-washy press releases on their blog that falls short of forcefully condemning Banks for the use of the word and are doing their usual “reaching out”:

“Our society knows that “fa**ot” is a derogatory word for gay men, and in this case it was used to attack someone in a very public altercation with hundreds of thousands of fans and young people following. It is an ugly, archaic word that was used to stigmatize a population of people who suffer high rates of violence both here in the U.S. and abroad. As far as we’ve come in this society, seeing it used by an artist many young people may look up to is painful, but even more so for those young fans, many of whom GLAAD has heard from. GLAAD has reached out to Banks’ representatives, and is working to compile stories of fans and teens who wanted to respond to the word and let others know what it feels like when they hear it.”

Well despite GLAAD’s reaching out to Banks’ representatives, it seems she really doesn’t care and claims that with herself being “bisexual” that it was quite alright to call Prez Hilton a “faggot” with a “whistling asshole” on Twitter and she’s really not all that upset about it or any backlash.

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Gurl you are really one big ignorant fucking hot mess.  Thats for sure.

 

Azealia Banks Disgusting Anti-Gay Twitter War With Perez Hilton

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With what at first started as a trivial pointless verbal exchange on twitter between rapper Azealia Banks and infamous blogger Perez Hilton escalated into an ugly homophobic rant on twitter. It all started when Perez began to question Banks comments about her feud with another female rap artist Angel Haze. Banks did not handle the interference well and started making suggestive comments about Perez being gay, referring to her an

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See at first the comments were elusive and the tone was to vague to discern if Banks was making a comment about his sexuality or promiscuity but the meaning of tweets like these became clear as the conflict deteriorated:

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Even worse is when Banks tried to cover for what she said in the most misogynistic way, first by saying that if it’s okay for her to use racial slurs in her song lyrics that we should be okay with her using homophobic slurs (what poor, horrible logic). Then she tries to redefine the ani-gay speech and what it should mean? Yeah it doesn’t make sense:

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Finally, after having twitter and her gay fans in an uproar, Banks tries to issue an apology but the damage has been done:

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Here’s my thing, I know Perez has done (and most likely will continue to do) horrible, vile things. I am not excusing his past behavior in any way because he hasn’t tried to make amends to the community that he belongs to and that he has knowingly hurt and insulted. But as our parents and loved ones have always taught us is that two wrongs don’t make a right. Her being bisexual does not excuse or give her a free pass to say anything else she wants. And I don’t care that Perez instigated it, that still does not excuse her behavior.

The tone was disgusting in Azealia’a rant and using Perez’s sexuality as a weakness was wrong, misogynistic and seemed like self hated. It had the tone of anything relating to a woman or effeminate gay man is weak and that really pissed me off. What further enraged me was the fallout on twitter and seeing some of her fans, gay men, defending what she said. And some of those gay men that were calling out Azealia’s homophobia were using racial slurs to retaliate against her and the fans that supported her. Some of them even saying ignorant comments like “I’m gay so I can’t be racist” were baffling. I was and still am disgusted by this entire thing. Hate is hate. Using any of these slurs is wrong, no matter what the context of it is. There is no re-appropriation as they will always represent times of oppression and anger.

We are all better than this.