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You saw Frank Ocean speak up about his gay lifestyle. You then saw other artists, like the rapper Murs, kissing men in videos. On one hand, announcing that you’re a gay artist gets you on the covers of magazines and possibly helps you sell records. At the same time, it might cause you to lose your “street cred” faster than you can say, “But President Obama said it’s ok.” What’s the future of homophobia in hip hop and how is it going to play out?
Remember that white people are the ones who are buying most of the albums anyway, and they don’t have nearly as much of a problem with homosexuality as the black community does. At the same time, black artists leverage legitimacy gained from black Americans to sell records to whites. It’s hard to get that legitimacy when you’re gay. But President Obama’s bold announcement in favor of gay marriage made it “cool” to be gay, at least for a while. This is surely the year of the homosexual.
Doc V at Reason4Rhymes.com writes a compelling essay on the topic:
Social expression of one’s sexuality has been on display in American culture since the introduction of the first films and television programs. Even before then, there were forms of literature that presented s****l adult themes like Crime Magazine. However, the social revolutions of the 1960s and 70s brought a radical tilt, which reshaped the traditional images of sexuality being limited to a man and woman who were either married in a family setting, or became as such living happily ever after. Even in the crime-themed material, heterosexual males and females triumphed over their opposite gender in wild stories of l**t and s****l frenzies.