Regulate…G(ay) Funk Error

(via Towleroad)

I’m not sure what’s worse – Warren G’s ignorant homphobia (in the vein of, “hey, some of my best friends are…”), his assault on the English language (not uncommon in this “thug culture” we’ve curiously embraced), or the fact that Vanity Fair has dedicated time and space on the thoughts of a one-maybe-two hit wonder?

Here’s what the “G” man said:

I ain’t against gay people. I’m just against it being promoted to kids…I know people that’s gay. My wife’s got friends that are gay. I got family that’s gay. Cousins and shit. He cool as fuck. He cool as a motherfucker. He’s my homie. I just mean that on some of these TV shows, they got dudes kissing. And kids are watching that shit. We can’t have kids growing up with that…I know it happens, but let’s keep it behind the scenes. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with it if that’s what two dudes wanna do. Cool. But that’s not bring that out into the world, where the kids can see that. We don’t want all the kids doing that. ‘Cause that ain’t how we was originally put here to do. Like I said, I ain’t got no problem with the gays.

Imagine the uproar if we substituted the word “black” for “gay”:

I ain’t against black people. I’m just against it being promoted to kids…I know people that’s black. My wife’s got friends that are black. I got family that’sblack. Cousins and shit. He cool as fuck. He cool as a motherfucker. He’s my homie. I just mean that on some of these TV shows, they got blacks kissing. And kids are watching that shit. We can’t have kids growing up with that…I know it happens, but let’s keep it behind the scenes. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with it if that’s what two dudes wanna do. Cool. But that’s not bring that out into the world, where the kids can see that. We don’t want all the kids doing that. ‘Cause that ain’t how we was originally put here to do. Like I said, I ain’t got no problem with the blacks.

The public outcry and upheaval would be absolutely justified and labeled as racist.  But will Warren be called out for his ignorance (most stupefying is that even this interviewer let it go)?  Probably not.  We give free passes for homophobia time and time again, especially in Hip Hop.  Like the deeply-closeted sports world, the stigma is so traumatizing that it’s almost a right-of-passage to proudly display one’s homophobia for the world to see.

Sickening, ain’t it?

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