In an interview with the Guardian, 41-year-old reggae artist Snoop Lion (formerly known as rap legend Snoop Dogg) dealt a major blow to the LGBT community this week, saying he’s not sure if being gay will “ever be acceptable” in the rap industry. A longtime ally and vocal supporter of LGBT rights, Snoop Dogg was one of the first to publicly support Frank Ocean’s coming out, claiming the Hip-Hop game was ready to accept an openly gay artist.
Well, it looks like that isn’t the case anymore.
“Frank Ocean ain’t no rapper. He’s a singer. It’s acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don’t know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine,” Snoop says. “You can’t be in a locker room full of motherfucking tough-ass dudes, then all of a sudden say, ‘Hey, man, I like you.’ You know, that’s going to be tough.”
It sounds like Snoop’s words are more an assessment of the current state of the industry rather than a personal attack against LGBT people. Still—if there’s anyone influential enough to start changing minds, it would be Snoop. “Now they [gay people] are accepted, not classified. They just went through the same things we went through as black,” he added.
Now is as good a time as any for an openly gay rapper to test the waters. Please, God, let it be Macklemore.