Rapper Lil B has become the target of death threats and anti-gay slurs after announcing that his upcoming new album will be titled I’m Gay.
The rapper, who is heterosexual, says he selected the title to return the word “gay” to its original meaning and help break down barriers against LGBT people.
“I’ve never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I’m so happy,” Lil B told MTV News. “I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it.”
Lil B made the announcement during his performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival earlier this month, The Advocate reports, stating:
“So many people be worried about what people mean and definitions of words and s**t … Now, I like women, I love women, you feel me. But within yourselves, no matter what you do, it doesn’t matter, it’s like live life. You’ve only got one life to live. Be happy.”
Unfortunately, many of the hip hop artist’s fans aren’t as open-minded. The legion of MySpace, Facebook and Twitter users who helped propel Lil B to stardom have reacted very negatively to I’m Gay.
Via MTV News:
When we asked about the makeup of his fanbase, B said he hadn’t noticed whether there was any significant portion of his following that identifies as gay, but that some have already had a negative reaction to his title selection.
“People been hitting me up like, ‘I’m gonna bash your head in,’ ‘you f****t,’ ‘I’m gonna kill you,’ ” Lil B told MTV News on Thursday (April 21).
“A lot of my supporters have turned on me. It’s been a few supporters that’s saying, ‘I’m not gonna rock with you anymore,’ ” the controversial MC revealed. “That’s fine, because you know what? They didn’t love me for real anyway.”
Lil B has no plans to rename the new album. He hopes that I’m Gay will ultimately help people “be free” of prejudice and discrimination.
Via MTV News:
“[...]Even if it’s 1 percent of the people that listen to me and are gonna be free, that’s better than none,” he said. “That’s better than not speaking up at all … and I spoke up and I did it.”
I’m Gay is expected to be released on iTunes in the next few months.
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