If you frequent other gay blogs then I'm sure you've seen the footage of actor/comedian Mike Epps' homophobic outburst at LAX yesterday when he was being photographed by the notorious L.A. paparazzi. I went back and forth about whether or not to post this footage until I realized that it speaks to some of the problems I mentioned in the post above. Some people feel Mike's inappropriate remarks were warranted because his privacy was being violated (on a public street?) and are defending him. While others are taking offense and accusing black folks of turning a blind eye to homophobia as long as it's being done by another person of color. I don't think Mike Epps represents the entire black race but this certainly doesn't look good.
Watch the video here.
Tye Tribbett is at it again. I wrote about Tye and his homo-hating ways last year after a performance on the BET Gospel Celebration where he called for LGBT folks to "come out of poverty, come out of lesbianism, come out of homosexuality, you can get out there's a better way". His new hip-hop effort disguised as gospel music with a few christian references and plenty of condemnation is entitled Stand Out.
The album’s title song, a reflection of the album’s overall philosophy, is an intentional up-tempo track that delivers a powerful message. “It’s the militant approach to doing things,” says Tye, “we gonna get in a lot of trouble, but I’m ready,” Tye admits. This song is about issues that are going on. I’m not lying. My point is I’m going to make it a little uncomfortable, that’s what Jesus did. This word is uncomfortable. Everybody is not going to love it. Somebody got to do it and I’m just bringing up topics. It’s time for a new normal to be presented.”
A new normal? Interesting. I've always had a problem with the heterosexist definition of the word normal.
Get into these lyrics:
How you gonna be the praise leader cause you listen to r&b
And hip hop is on your ringtone
Trying to tell you God ain't pleased
Since when did it become cool for you to live together unmarried
Men with men
Women with women
Telling you God ain't gonna have it
My God the hypocrisy in these lyrics and the image that Tye Tribbet and his choir present are earth shattering. Besides the usual gay bashing from Tye in the name of God he bashes hip-hop and r&b. Have you ever seen him perform live? The choreography for his stage shows could easily be done to any secular song and it would not look out of place. Not to mention his sound is far from the traditional "shady grove" gospel music our parents grew up on down south. How long will we let our brothers and sisters use the bible to justify their own bigotry and intolerance? I guess every artist has got to have a gimmick and Tye Tribbett has found his.
Listen to the song here.