Well slap me sideways and call me sally: The last man on earth I expected to come to the defense of Mister Cee is 50 Cent. But that’s who’s got the back of the scandalized Hot 97 DJ, who was arrested after NYPD officers spotted him receiving a beej from a man half his age in a car.
While the arrest of Cee (real name Calvin Lebrun) has set off some homophobic flame wars in New York’s hip-hop community, so far the highest profile person to come to Cee’s defense was Funkmaster Flex, and Flex was more focused on denying the rumors about Cee than he was embracing the possibility his friend and colleague is gay.
But 50 says he’d “make him my DJ any day.” Speaking to Hot 97’s Miss Info, 50 Cent explains: “It’s only entertaining because he means that much to hip-hop culture. I recognize Mister Cee as the guy who offered us Biggie, so he means that much to the culture. And a lot of the kids that hear the radio don’t see him the same way. … How about if you say, “I’m Rick James, bitch?’ How about if you say ‘I don’t care’? Who is to judge you when there’s an audience — that is probably one of the strongest audiences, if you look at Lady Gaga’s career — that says that that’s fine? … If you say it’s not fine, you’re gonna get attacked. You’re gonna write apology notes.”
Well shit. From the man who joked about gunning down a gay wedding comes the highest compliment from a music artist: recognition that the gays are “one of the strongest audiences” and most loyal. But he also puts it out there that sexuality is no longer something we should be sweating. (It goes without saying that when it comes to “apology notes,” 50 is speaking from personal experience.)