Wiz Khalifa accused of homophobia after saying men shouldn’t bite bananas in public
Wiz Khalifa has been called homophobic after he warned men not to eat full bananas in public.
The 30-year-old US rapper, best known for number one songs like “See You Again” and “Black and Yellow,” made the comments during a radio interview this week.
A study last year found there is a strong link between men who feel that their masculinity is undermined, and men who take solace in sexist or homophobic humour.
Khalifa opened the segment by telling New York’s Power 105.1 FM presenter Charlamagne tha God, seemingly unprompted: “You gotta break it in half, ’cause if you bite a banana, you sus.”
The host responded: “God damn, Wiz! That’s how you wanna start the interview off?”
This didn’t put the singer-songwriter off though, as he continued: “Nah, if you a n***a, like, n****s gotta break the banana in half.”
Charlamagne responded: “What you mean, you just peel it and bite it!”
“Nah, see, that’s the thing,” Khalifa told him. “You gotta break it in pieces bro.”
“Why? It’s just a fruit.”
“I’m just trying to help you out, bro,” the singer replied. “If you’re in public, and you’re eating a banana, just break it into pieces.”
Charlamagne’s co-host Angela Yee quipped: “You gotta eat the bananas like, real sloppy.”
Khalifa replied firmly, telling her: “No. No,” before adding: “You can do that.
“You get more followers that way.”
People were quick to call out Khalifa online, with actor and video producer Quinta Brunson writing: “You miss out on so many good things in life when you are homophobic.”
You miss out on so many good things in life when you are homophobic. https://t.co/66I80PhEjR
— Quinta (@quintabrunson) July 19, 2018
Another person tweeted: “*dying of hunger on a deserted island* *finds a bunch of bananas* wiz: no homo tho *dies*.”
*dying of hunger on a deserted island*
*finds a bunch of bananas*
wiz: no homo tho
— – (@coffincruiser) July 19, 2018
One Twitter user said: “i find really funny that whenever he eats bananas wiz khalifa’s mind goes to gay dudes and blowjobs.”
i find really funny that whenever he eats bananas wiz khalifa’s mind goes to gay dudes and blowjobs
— ine (@YoongiTheSmol) July 19, 2018
Another promised: “Mark my words, if I ever see Wiz, I’m gonna eat a banana in slow-mo and never break eye contact.”
Mark my words, if I ever see Wiz, I’m gonna eat a banana in slow-mo and never break eye contact. https://t.co/lQYUHvd6uo
— Tim Hendricks (@Saltwatertattoo) July 20, 2018
And yet another wrote: “Wiz Khalifa said in an interview that it’s gay for men to eat bananas. … can you imagine your masculinity being THAT fragile? C’mon Wiz #WizKhalifa.”
Wiz Khalifa said in an interview that it’s gay for men to eat bananas. … can you imagine your masculinity being THAT fragile? C’mon Wiz #WizKhalifa
— DAVEEherman (@PennMonster) July 19, 2018
In 2016, Wiz Khalifa was involved in an argument with Kanye West which saw West taunted for insisting: “Exes can be mad but just know, I never let them play with my ass.”
Many were quick to champion butt play after West claimed: “I stay away from that area all together.”
Khalifa’s comments were also reminiscent of when Bolivian President Evo Morales said that eating chicken turns men gay because it’s “loaded with female hormones.”
He added that he only eats non-genetically modified chicken to avoid becoming gay or effeminate.
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