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Hip hop star Kanye West admits he used to be scared of gay people

PinkNews Staff Writer February 10, 2009

American music star Kanye West has said he “used to be scared to talk to a gay person” and clarified comments that gay people dress better than heterosexuals.

Hip hop has been branded a homophobic form of music because of the anti-gay lyrics used by some artists. Mr West has repeatedly spoken out against homophobia.

In an interview with MTV he said:

“I used to be scared to talk to a gay person. In hip-hop, there’s people – and let’s not even say scared like homophobic – but they’re scared of the way people gonna look at them.”

Mr West also said a previous statement that gay men had inspired him how to dress had been misinterpreted.

“There’s a lot of gay people who don’t dress good at all. There’s a lot of gay people that I dress way better than,” the multi-award winning producer said.

He has been the subject of rumours about his sexuality because of his interest in fashion.

“Stereotypically gay people got such good [style] … they were smart enough to take a fresh-ass logo like the rainbow and say that it’s gonna be theirs,” he said.

“I’ve been collecting all of the freshest stuff that’s rainbows – Denver Nuggets jerseys, BAPE shoes, Nikes with rainbows on ’em – and saying, ‘Man, I think as straight men we need to take the rainbow back because it’s fresh.'”

During a concert in New York last year Mr West told his fans:

“Coming from Chicago, where if you saw somebody that was gay you were supposed to stay ten feet away.

“It took me time to break out of the mental prisons I was in. The stereotypes of the fear of the backlash that I would get if you don’t believe what I believe in, accepting people for who they are.

“I’ve flown across the world y’all, and I’ve come back here to tell you—open your minds and live a happier life.”

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