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Rapper Macklemore: ‘Homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community’

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  1. GulliverUK 11 Jul 2013, 7:00pm

    He’s doing great work, and it’s a shame to hear the word “rampant” in this context, …if it was “still a problem”, “still sometimes comes up”, but the word “rampant” sounds like there is a long way to go.

    I’m wondering why hip-hop? It’s not gangster rap, so what would make those attracted to hip-hop more likely to be homophobic, … OR … are they attracted to hip-hop, the musical sound, but then get manipulated by artists who push homophobic messages to the followers? What incitement to hatred, if any, is going on, and are our laws in this country sufficient to ensure proper safeguards and prosecutions?

    Where is this homophobia coming from? Who’s pushing it? For what purpose? Is it actually a majority of followers, or is it other performers? Where does religion fit in?

  2. Don’t forget that there is a large LGBT Hip-Hop Community out there! Simply Google it online! Not everyone who likes or follows Hip-Hop is homophobic!


  3. i like that everyone calls rap homophobic and misogynist instead of country or metal or even indie and folk music; almost like there is some kind of racially motivated prejudice against the rap community. impossible, of course, because racism is over and there are no queer rappers. mykkia blanco, angel haze, le1f, cakes da killa, big momma, njena reddd foxxx, roxxxan, azealia banks, and frank ocean, of course, aren’t REAL people, in the sense that they aren’t white.

    1. I don’t think it’s a race issue. Sure “most” rappers are black, but it’s not like it’s their skin colour that’s making them homophobic is it! Like above said, there are plenty of gay black rappers, gay white rappers, gay black guys… yeah!

      I agree that heavy metal and other genre’s are known to be homophobic but I think the focus usually ends up on hip-hop because they’re very VOCALLY homophobic in their tracks and in interviews and with each other. It’s all “faggot this, faggot that, suck a dick bitch” etc.

      I think we have to remember why someone might use homophobic or misogynist language. it’s to assert dominance. It’s to get a leg-up on the competition. It’s to prove you are the alpha, the bad man, the coolest. This is why hip-hop stars are often so prejudice because they are constantly trying to “out-dude” each other and they think the best way to prove you’re a big bad man is by putting people down?

      To be honest, I really don’t know!!

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