By Jase Peeples
Originally published on Advocate.com February 11 2014 2:10 PM ET
In a recent interview with Vlad TV, T-Pain went off on a six-minute rant about homophobia in hip-hop. The “Up and Down” rapper called antigay attitudes “weird” and “terrible,” saying, “If you aren’t gay, then gay things shouldn’t bother you.”
Though his heart is obviously in the right place, some might find the colorful way in which T-Pain expresses his disappointment with homophobic attitudes to be offensive.
Addressing the subject of gay panic among homophobic straight men, T-Pain said, “You ain't even got bitches. Why you think this gay dude is gonna like you? Bitches don't even like you! That's stupid, bruh! ... Even if they did like you, it's gonna be bottoms, so you would be the one fucking the motherfucker. You ain't gonna be the bottom. Ain't nobody gonna get behind you, 'Hey big boy.' No, they don't do that shit. That's not how that works. Unless you're in prison.”
As he sipped what we might assume was a spirited drink from a red Solo cup, T-Pain also spoke about his personal assistant, who is gay, and the laughable reactions of others who avoid approaching the rapper when his associate is with him. “People don't fuck with me because he's around me. People feel like, 'Oh shit, I wanna go say something to Pain but that gay dude is right there,' and it's like, he ain't lookin' for you ... ”
While his delivery is clumsy and will certainly offend a fair amount of people, T-Pain’s willingness to cut to the heart of the subject is refreshing from an artist in an industry that still has a long way to evolve on LGBT issues.