Rap star Iggy Azalea has spoken out to say she thinks anti-gay attitudes come from “a lack of culture”.
The ‘New Classic’ rapper said particularly within the hip-hop industry, homophobic attitudes come from those with anti-gay views simply not spending enough time around gay people.
Speaking to the Advocate, she reflected on being a white female artist, and how obstacles she has experienced allowed her to identify with gay rap artists.
The outspoken star said: “[Homophobia] comes from ignorance and homophobes not being around enough gay people.
“I think straight men, especially in hip-hop, have this notion that a gay man is going to come and make them gay or try to have sex with them, and I always think that’s so weird. I just want to tell them, ‘Hey, they aren’t interested in you. You’re not that cute.’”
“I don’t get why some straight men are still so scared of gay people. But I honestly believe it’s like anything else. People just need to be exposed to it long enough for it to not be scary anymore.
“That’s the case with a lot of rappers… They haven’t been around very many different people, and a lot of them aren’t very well traveled. It’s just a lack of culture.”
Iggy Azalea’s debut album, The New Classic, was recently released.