Monday, September 5, 2011

Hip-Hop Homophobia: A Critique

In this blog, I am going to dissect and criticize California Rapper Game’s recent commentary on gays.

Game begins:

I think there are several rappers that are in the closet and gay, and see those are the type of gay people that -- the only type of gay people that I have a problem with.

So Game is not frustrated with the fact these rappers are gay. He is just frustrated that they are gay and no one else knows. Game should blame Hip-Hop for creating a culture in which heterosexism dominates and homosexuals are chastised, criticized, and mocked.  

 Game continues:

I don't have a problem with gay people. Like, Beyonce should've said, 'Who run the world? Gays,' because they're everywhere and rightfully so. Do you. It's a free country. Be gay, you can do that.

In this section, Game is more indifferent about gays, with the commonly used phrase, “It’s a free country.” Sounds like he is trying to be politically correct.

Game summarizes:

Game don't have a problem with gay people. Game has a problem with people that are pretending not to be gay and are gay because the number one issue with that is that you could be fooling somebody and you could give them AIDS and they can die and so that in the closet shit is real scary. So, we've got to get into the real seriousness of it and it's just not fair to other people -- If you gay, just say you gay. Be gay and be proud.

Wow! Here is where Game really lost me. Gay people— or in this case, gay rappers— should come out the closet because they could be fooling somebody and giving them AIDS?

Aww, so Game is concerned about the overall good? How utilitarian. He cares about the well-being and safety of others. Hurry, we need to open all the closets and let the gays out because they can potentially spread AIDS!

As if gays are the only ones in this world indulging in promiscuity and walking around with AIDS or other Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Although it seems Game originally began his commentary with a positive sentiment of freeing gay rappers, he ultimately reinforces the same stereotypes and homophobic attitudes which encourage many gay men and lesbian women to stay in the closet. As a Hip-Hop lover, it is disappointing to see that discrimination against gays continues.