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Pete Wentz Embraces Gay Jibes

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Pete Wentz may have knocked up Ashlee Simpson, but he still gets shit for being a homo. The Fall Out Singer tells Out that he regularly gets called out on the street – and he’s all right with that. In fact, he’s basically embraced the abuse:

“When I’m going down the street I get called a fag all the time,” he says. Instead of bothering to deny it, he shifts deftly to mocking the bullies’ Neanderthal mentality: “We have iPhones, and I’m still getting called the same names as when I was 13.”

“Our culture bombards us with this idea that you’re not that, and if you are that, there’s something wrong with you, and then we’re going to call you that, and then it’s an insult,” he says. “There is a sense of self-empowerment or recapturing who you are by people calling you ‘fag,’ and being like, ‘Yeah, I am a fag.’ Even though you’re not.”

The 29-year old also compares anti-gay attitudes to America’s Jim Crow laws, saying, “People treat sexuality the same way that [during] Jim Crow [white] people treated African-Americans… It’s totally dehumanized.”

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jun 30, 2008
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  • 12 Comments
    • Darth Paul
      Darth Paul

      He’s oversimplifying Jim Crow, but his heart’s in the right place.

      Jun 30, 2008 at 12:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Woof
      Woof

      We don’t want him, throw him back.

      Jun 30, 2008 at 12:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • afrolito
      afrolito

      Yeah his heart is in the right place.

      Jun 30, 2008 at 1:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      “He’s oversimplifying Jim Crow”- BS, bigotry is bigotry. Darth Paul is another excuse-maker for blacks holding on to a special victimhood status that does not recognize the same injustices being committed to another group.

      Jun 30, 2008 at 1:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel
      Daniel

      I appreciates Pete’s sentiment. In regards to the comment above, are you serious? Black people want to hold on to a special victim hood status. Look who is calling the kettle black (pun intended). As long as you continue with these moronic racist rants, you will never get those people of color who stand behind us to stand up with us. You fail to recognize that there are black gay people as well. I guess we get the benefit of dual special victim hood. How grand is that?

      Jun 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • david porter
      david porter

      Leave Pete alone, he’s trying to be nice. And if you want to “throw him back” please throw him my way.

      Jun 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • parisinla
      parisinla

      All the more reason for us to love pete wentz! ::swoons::

      Jun 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CoCo_Cocks_Arquette
      CoCo_Cocks_Arquette

      @ #4,

      You can be black and gay. The difference is that you can hide your sexuality whereas you can’t hide your blackness.

      So in that context Jim Crow is different and I think that is what the person was getting at.

      Jun 30, 2008 at 5:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darth Paul
      Darth Paul

      Your hood is showing, Churchill-y, and clearly the difference between letter of the law-sponsored bigotry and someone calling ANYONE a “fag” is lost on you. FAG.

      Jun 30, 2008 at 5:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greybat
      greybat

      I guess that means Gay is a shadow, but Black is a highlight! Neat!

      Jun 30, 2008 at 7:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      @# 9,
      And the moron is revealed. So Einstein, Gay people currently in 48(49 perhaps again after November) states in this union don’t face “letter of the law-sponsored bigotry”?
      Guess I’ve been a regular Rip Van Winkle while that happened!

      Jun 30, 2008 at 7:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fox1950
      Fox1950

      I’m kinda lost on the whole black and gay thing b/c i’m both an di hid my sexuality for 13 years and it was hard but easy. And hiding your blackness is hard b/c it shows on your skin and i get all the common slander from both sides b/c of the stereotypes i get from both sides and it comes mostly from ppl i thought of as close to me. but yea….he’s gay, and it’s totally cool. more so cuz he is hot and i love his whole punk rock/ almost emo attitude and i love his glasses. lol.

      Sep 15, 2008 at 1:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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