No matter what crossover I may have, no matter what genders or backgrounds the people that enjoy my music have, a large part of my fan base is gay and those are my people. They’re the people I represent. I always want to reinforce to my fans that regardless of any issue with homosexuality that people want to debate about, it’s about owning your sexuality and not allowing the heterosexual world to think they can critique it — no one is critiquing heterosexuality. Don’t allow society to put who you are into this petri dish like it’s a topic for discussion. That’s why I say, ‘A straight man’s respect doesn’t mean shit to me,’ because so many people will condescendingly say to me, ‘Oh you really are a good rapper.’ What they’re really trying to say is, ‘You’re a really good rapper for being gay.'”
— Mykki Blanco in an interview with Paper magazine
Lay it down
He was going some where good until the last line. A person should be able to take a compliment and not be so cynical
I think Blanco contradicted himself. He is quoted as saying “don’t allow society to put who you are into this petri dish for discussion” and yet he does the very thing he claims to be against.
Why such insecurity ? When will we stop dividing the world into Gay and Straight ? We will never end homophobia while we express kind of heterophobia. We are human beings doing the best we can. Where’s the gratitude for the loyalty of ALL his fans ? How lovely to be respected by fans and how uncool to knock that back so disrespectfully. I think Blanco needs to stop the hate and learn to love himself. He is talented, unique and loved by fans. What a lovely position to be in. We would all do well to enjoy life, encourage others and be grateful for what we have.
I see what you’re doing, but you’re reinforcing homophobia. Mykki Blanco is talking about who he’s making his music for. Gay people do not rule the world or oppress straight people, but the reverse happens all the time, every day. It’s written into the laws, it’s written in our culture, it’s constitutive of our society. So he can focus on LGBTIQ fans and support them, and straight people can appreciate the music but it’s not written for them, like the vast majority of everything else is. It’s up to those in the dominant social and political position, heterosexuals, to change their attitudes. It works for any minority or socially or politically oppressed group.
I have never heard of this guy, but I am loving what he said. Preach brotha!!!!
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