Showing posts with label Homophobia in Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homophobia in Music. Show all posts

June 3, 2016

Chris Brown Says He Should Not Be Called a Homophobe{He is got a boyfriend}


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The posting I read on twitter below with the picture of Chris and his (boy) friend above, had Chris asking the Press why they think he is got a boyfriend when he was supposed to be a homophobe?

I guess He doesn’t know what a homophobe is but that is the classic interpretation of it.  Usually is a gay person who is afraid to be gay themselves. You see if you are straight , how can you be afraid of being gay? You already know what you are and you like it and that’s it.

It’s when the person has this uncontrollable fear of being gay is because their sexuality has not settled in certain parts of their mind but being a homophobe does not make you straight.

I got involved in this story mainly to get the chance to clarify what homophobe haters are. If you are straight and are comfortable with that, then why would you care that there are gays in the world. In other words contrary to what haters have said it does not involve anyone’s marriage or life altogether.

For all of those that use to call Chris Brown a homophobe let me tell you he still a homophobe except now he might have a boyfriend. Hopefully this will give him some understanding about his sexuality and at least stop being a homophobe.

Chris does not take too kindly to people calling him out on social media, and he is not too proud to voice his opinions. “The crazy thing is that y’all used to call me homophobic… Now y’all calling me gay???? RESPECT IS RESPECT. WHO STILL HATES PEOPLE FOR THEIR DIFFERENCES OR PREFERENCES??? Grow up. People are abundantly simple-minded. ‘NIKE X OR’,” the pop star commented. He also added a little trophy and praying hands emoji at the end, just to further solidify his point.

Over the years, Chris hasn’t always been on the right side of justice when it comes to matters of homosexuality, so it’s slightly surprising that he would be defending Olivier, but it’s never too late to do the right thing. The star used his platform to stand up for someone else. The Game also chose to throw his two cents into the ring as well. And what he had to say was super hilarious!

“Lol.. People kill me homie !!! Because two successful people take a quick photo opp together & one of them is gay/or not that means the other person is gay too !!! This guy is the head of BALMAIN… Most of you n***** ain’t even employee of the month at wing stop, uncomfortable in your own skin using HATE to hide behind your own insecurities… & everybody know this n**** Chris ain’t gay & all you n***** listen to his music while yo broke ass ridin’ shotgun in yo girl car so [Cut] the bullsh*t & let people live,” the game added. Can you say: Shots fired! Wow!

April 23, 2016

Prince Was a Great Artist and Probably a Gay Homophobe


                                                     

I know that when famous people die we are all supposed to say nice things. I believe that if so much emphasis is being put on the goodness of the person then all of the person should come out. I’ve been reading about Prince since he started his career. When I first saw him perform on TV I said it was so great to have an openly gay performer who is so talented. 

At that time there was a very popular and straight as he mentioned when he got a chance, British singer in the news who was arrested for trying to pick up a cop in a men’s room and then, there was AIDS. I remember the community as being under attack from all sides. The Moral majority with Reagan at one end and in the news we had a gay Mayor Koch who went after the gay community in very mean ways just to prove in my opinion and many back then and now that he was straight. I was looking forward to have someone talented and famous that would give a positive image to the gay community. 

 I was very wrong about Prince since he was denying he was gay and at the same time there were stories coming out about certain ways that he had in being weird with people. For instance when he changed his name to his name ( “The artist formerly known….”) and would get piss off when people would address him as simply “Prince.” Yes entertainers can be queer some people would say I was just glad he was denying he was gay, that is the few times someone would there to ask. I heard of Hotel people being told off by making eye contact with him since for a period no one was aloud to look at him and make eye contact.

After his death I tried to find out what was there that he did as accomplishments to help people besides his peers in the entertainment industry. There is none I can find. Not AIDS, poor people outside of his sphere, cancer, homelessness, etc. Some would say he was totally focused on his craft and I would say definitely but he was already supper rich and 57 years old, so what was he waiting for to be like other in the industry. To used his money and raising talents to help others like many in that industry do. Maybe this was the way he was raised. He had a very stern picky father. Who knows but I am just pointing out the way he was as a human being. 

There is an interview by Spencer Kornhaber in The Atlantic in which Prince was clearly asked about his sexual orientation and He gives a clear answer to which is the same as any homophobic out there would give when condemning gays. He stayed clear of the parts about helping your fellow man but the homosexuality part he paraphrases those scriptures (“no men with men”) that were written thousand of years ago by writers who wanted to control homosexuality which it was being practiced as almost a contraception method not to have kids in a period in which having kids insured the survivor of those for whom the scriptures were being written then. It is very clear from various interviews that Prince was both against homosexuality and gay marriage. 
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In 2008, the New Yorker writer Claire Hoffman asked Prince what he thought of social issues like gay marriage and abortion. Reported Hoffman of his response: “Prince tapped his Bible and said, ‘God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’” 
Prince the Immortal

This exchange caused one of the last great controversies in Prince’s career. The “homophobe” label attached itself to him, accompanied by the bitter shock of many fans. “The irony, it burns,” wrote the blogger Joe Jervis. “The pop star who made his name on his effete, androgynous ‘Is he GAY or not?’ persona—now he hates us.” Representatives for Prince would tell Perez Hilton that the New Yorker misquoted him: “What His Purpleness actually did was gesture to the Bible and said he follows what it teaches, referring mainly to the parts about loving everyone and refraining from judgment,” Hilton wrote. But the years after that saw Prince actively avoid talking about gay rights, and some writers saw subtle homophobia in a few of his later lyrics and actions.

The question of how someone whose art once seemed to preach the very idea of “sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever”—with magazines, etc.—could become so conservative is both fundamentally unanswerable and very simple. People change, and who knows why? Prince became a devout Jehovah’s Witness in the early 2000s, after which his performances often featured toned-down versions of the lyrics to his raciest songs. As he told Arsenio Hall in 2014, “When you’re 20 years old, you’re looking for the ledge ... You want to see how far you can push everything ... and then you make changes. There’s a lot of things I don’t do now that I did 30 years ago. And then there’s some things I still do.”


But whatever his later beliefs were, they pretty clearly don’t undo the earlier impact he had in widening popular notions about sex and gender, nor the fact that he made lots of people who weren’t heterosexual feel better about themselves. The remembrances of him that are flooding in after the news of his death at age 57 take the queer dimensions of his influence as settled fact. Here’s Dodai Stewart at Fusion, opening her meditation on his life:

Dig, if you will, a picture: The year is 1980. Many states still have sodomy laws. The radio is playing feel-good ear candy like Captain and Tennille and KC and the Sunshine Band. TV hits include the sunny, toothy blond shows Three’s Company and Happy Days. There’s no real word for “gender non-conforming.” But here’s what you see: A man. Clearly a man. Hairy, mostly naked body, cock bulging beneath a satiny bikini bottom. But those eyes. Rimmed in black, like a fantasy belly dancer. The full, pouty lips of a pin-up girl. Long hair. A tiny, svelte thing. Ethnically ambiguous, radiating lust. What is this? A man. Clearly a man. No. Not just a man. A Prince.
Stewart goes on to write about how even though Prince’s lyrical viewpoint was almost always heterosexual—his songs were about men wanting women and women wanting men—he was unafraid of being called feminine, gay, or perverted. “If I Was Your Girlfriend” was a fantasy of gender swapping and lesbianism. “Controversy,” famously, sniffed at the simplistic questions directed at him: “Am I black or white, am I straight or gay?” So did “I Would Die 4 U”: “I’m not a woman / I’m not a man / I am something that you’ll never understand.” Even as recently as 2015, a Boy George joke about having had sex with Prince seemed so plausible as to be widely misunderstood as a serious confession.

The meaning of Prince’s provocations will be dissected for a long time, but there’s no debating that they had a concrete influence on queer people. One of the more poignant reactions to Prince’s death has come from the young R&B singer Frank Ocean, who has had perhaps the most famous coming-out of recent musical history. “[Prince] was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee-high heeled boots, epic,” Ocean wrote. “He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity.”

Of course, his earlier influence doesn’t necessarily excuse Prince if you find his latter day attitudes to be disheartening. But read back on the New Yorker piece from 2008, and you might get a more sympathetic picture of what Prince’s deeper intentions on the issue might have been:

“Here’s how it is: You’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this.” He pointed to a Bible. “But there’s the problem of interpretation, and you’ve got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn’t. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you’ve got blue, you’ve got the Democrats, and they’re, like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right.”

Neither of them is right. In politics, as in so many things, Prince was trying to transcend the binary. This led him to a stance on queer people that, at best, can be described as confusing. Perhaps he saw that the conversation on the issue had become too rote, too obvious, with much of the transgressive edge behind calls for liberation drained away by the simple march of progress. It was progress he helped cause, regardless of how he later felt about it.

November 25, 2014

Newly Out Ty Hendon Says Country Music Ashamed of Him




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Ty Herndon
An American country singer has hit out at the country music industry, claiming it is ashamed of him because he is gay.

Billy Gillman, a double-platinum selling singer was one of two American country singers to come out this week. The other was Ty Herndon who says he had convinced himself he couldn't be openly gay and part of the country music industry. He publicly married twice but says both his wives knew he was gay and he did it to protect his public persona from anti-gay accusations.

Gillman went further, saying coming out was hard, not because he’s ashamed of being gay but because "I'm in a genre, in an industry that's ashaMusic ed of me for being me."

Chely Wright, a lesbian country singer who came out in 2010, says country music professionals themselves are not homophobic "but the fans are a different thing," she says. She believes producers and record labels steer away from the homosexuality issue for fear of antagonising the genre's fans.

 GayNZ.com 

November 23, 2013

James Arthur Apologizes After Customer Complaint’s About Homophobic Lyric


iTunes have refunded a customer who bought James Arthur's debut album after they claimed to be offended by lyrics used by the singer.
The music fan said she didn't like some of the words the X Factor winner used in a recent rap.
An email shared on Twitter, shows what appears to be an iTunes Store Advisor saying the complaint "is an appropriate exception" to terms and conditions.
All iTunes sales are usually final.
Last week, the singer apologised after being accused of using homophobic lyrics.
However, he also said the song had been directed at rapper Micky Worthless and that he had not meant to offend anyone.
James Arthur
The 25-year-old star posted he was "disappointed in myself for being so naive" and "deeply sorry to any gay or lesbian people out there".
The apparent response from iTunes also reads: "I understand that you would like to cancel the album you have purchased because of the comments made by the artist which you didn't like."
The email also shows that the full £8.99 for the singer's self-titled album would be credited to the customer's account in seven to ten business days.
Apple have refused to comment on the claim but haven't denied it happened.
Arthur has also announced that he has cancelled all engagements while he recovers from "acute exhaustion".
A statement from the singer's representatives said he hopes be back to full health as soon as possible.
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