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.”