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6 comments | Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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.
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<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

When a straight black man makes a fool of himself by being overtly homophobic don't hesitate to expose his anti-gay hatred. That's one of the things that gay activists do. You owe him and others like him nothing.


May 14, 2008 12:13 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

As ugly as Tye is, I'm glad he's not gay (snicker).

This sambo QUEENS OUT every opportunity he gets and he looks a hot dayum mess.

May 14, 2008 2:50 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

See what's funny is that Miss Tye is a homo - I don't get it. We keep perpetuating this constant unending cycle of bullshit. I understand his point if you think homosexuality is wrong, but if you think that what happened to the radical message Jesus preached of love and acceptance? Not bashing and embarrasing folks?

Besides, it's the sissies in his group and around the country that support this flamer. She kills me...the bitch makes great music though, but still, that girl completely gags me.

*fixes hair and sashays out the door*


May 14, 2008 4:26 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Look, Tye Tribbett always looked like Animal from The Muppets to me anyway, so I'm glad he's one less queen to deal with!!! He's got more queens in Greater Anointing than the Miss America Pagent!!! And all those dance moves and Hip-Hop songs that he calls "gospel", he's a religious hipocrite!!! I''l admit, I have their first album and the DVD for the "Victory" album, only because someone told me Kim Burrell looked like a huge wad of bubble gum with that pink outfit she was rocking!!! LOL People that look like Tye SHOULD be straight!!! LOL

And Day-Day? Well he's someone I would just hit from the back anyway!!! He don't deserve my missionary!!! LOL


May 15, 2008 2:08 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

question: what purpose does it serve to speak negatively (from a personal perspective) about someone because they spoke negatively of you (or a group of individuals to which you belong)?

before anyone flies off the handle, this is a serious question, not meant to be sarcastic or condescending.

tye doesn't have it all together...that has always been apparent (i grew up in the area where tye used to perform at a lot of churches). but i just don't know what is to gain by calling him ugly (despite the fact he ain't no looker), a queen, etc.

is the purpose frustration and anger or just an eye for an eye (one verbal jab for another)?

May 16, 2008 6:42 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I am glad to read your cite. The song is very enticing and seductive from the upbeat tempo. But, it is very militaristic. I guess I am struggling with my own faith but songs like this make me think at some miniscule level that God won't receive my praise. I wish that Tye would get it together because his words are not just making me personally uncomfortable they are spiritual abuse that have the potential to separate people from God's love which we all need so desparately in these days and times.

June 26, 2008 1:49 PM


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