People are really confused as to why JAY-Z is getting an award for being an LGBTQ ally

Beyonce and Jay-Z

So Beyoncé and JAY-Z are being honored for their support of the LGBTQ community.

GLAAD just announced that the power couple will be presented with the Vanguard Award, which acknowledges individuals for making a “significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people”.

“Beyoncé and JAY-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “When Beyoncé and JAY-Z speak, the world becomes inspired and when it comes to LGBTQ people, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear.”

Previous recipients of the coveted award include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Britney Spears.

But a lot of people on Twitter seem rather confused by the whole thing, especially given JAY-Z’s very long history of using antigay slurs in his songs.

We’ll be honest and say we can understand why some people might be uncomfortable with a guy with lyrics like “Too many f*ggot n*ggas clocking my spending” (from the song “22 Two’s”), or “f*ggots wanna talk to Po-Po’s” (from the song “N*gga What, Nigga Who”), or “this little f*ggot in the corner calling 911” (from the song “Gangsta Shit”) getting an LGBTQ ally award from GLAAD, but we don’t make these decisions.

Some of Jay-Z’s other homophobic lyrics include:

  • “What you gay? N*gga Jay straight like Indian hair” – From “2 Many Hoes”
  • “And since you infatuated with sayin’ tha gay shit” – From “Super Ugly”
  • “Had n*ggas mad for real like ‘I wish he was gay’”- From “Hey Papi”
  • “Hate a n*gga like that f*ggot, get your own”- From “Lucky Me”
  • “That’s gay, I ain’t into liking dudes no way”- From “La La La (Excuse Me Again)”

In his defense, many of those songs came out a long time ago, and people can change.

Last year, JAY-Z received a GLAAD Special Recognition Award for his song, “Smile” about his mother, Gloria Carter, who identifies as lesbian.

The Carters will be presented with the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on March 28.

Related: Jay-Z reveals gay family secrets on new, pro-LGBT anthem

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