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Rapper TI: Gays Are Too Sensitive About Anti-Gay Jokes

Rapper TI: Gays Are Too Sensitive About Anti-Gay Jokes

 

Rapper T.I. has been slammed for saying that gay people need a better sense of humor when it comes to jokes like those made by the controversial comic Tracey Morgan, andthat it is an American right to not agree with homosexuality, accusing the gay community of shutting down voices that oppose them.

Readers may remember that comedian and actorTracy Morgan apologized earlier this year after making a series of homophobic comments in his comedy act that included a vow to kill his son if his son ever came out as gay.

Now, in excerpts from an interview to be published in the December issue of VIBE magazine, Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (aka T.I.) is quoted as saying:

“Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say during a stand-up was, ‘C’mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a dick, you can take a joke.’ [Cracks up laughing.] That shit was funny to me. And it’s kind of true.’

While T.I. makes clear that he supports anyone’s sexual preference, he then connects, in his opinion, a current oversensitivity among gay people with a consequential and ironic offense of the First Amendment.

“They’re like,’If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down. … That’s not American. If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace.’

It is important to note that these teasers simply appear under headings like “T.I. on all Americans having equal rights” so the actual question that prompted this answer is not yet available.

However, the fact that T.I. would even reference Tracy Morgan has prompted a slew of media attention whiletheblogosphere has reacted non too favorably.

Homophobia in rap has been a frequent talking point in recent years, with stars like Eminem and 50 Cent drawingfire for their use of anti-gay slurs. Still, some have defended rap saying that recently there has been progress. They cite thatseveral rappers, or those associated with the rap scene, are actively using their voices to combat homophobia.

T.I. has not yet released a statement on this issue and nor have any of the large LGBT organizations.This post will be updated as responses become available.

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2:59PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

I have never heard of this person but I am left wondering how 'funny' he would find it if the 'jokes' were directed at him - maybe regarding his race, the amount of hair he has, the fact that he wears spectacles - I'm sure that there are many jokes that could be directed toward him. If, having undergone extensive testing to determine his tolerance, he proved his ability to stand up to such a challenge then I would listen to his 'musical offerings' - I would not give his views any greater regard because maybe he is simply too stupid to be affected by what others say about him!

10:46AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Who is TI and Tracy Morgan? Unsignificant enough for me not to know who they are and what they think!

6:14PM PST on Dec 2, 2011

what would TI say if someone else say african americans are too sensitive about the N word?

12:26PM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Wow! This really brings the racists out! But The only thing a lot of people can say to him in retaliation is; "Because you said something against gays, we'll call you a nigger! See how you like it". But that's how it is racists have no imagination, you could say that you hate his music, his lyrics, his intellect. If he was white would you use his color against him? Of course not, that would be spurious. Would a black man call T.I a nigger? No, spurious. I for one am glad that bigots of all kinds are dumber than the rest of us, and that goes for all racists and homophobes, sexists, all bigots.

12:25PM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Yep, homophobic jokes are fine. And racist ones too, right T.I.?

Oh, that's different, is it?

12:25PM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Wow! This really brings the racists out! But The only thing a lot of people can say to him in retaliation is; "Because you said something against gays, we'll call you a nigger! See how you like it". But that's how it is racists have no imagination, you could say that you hate his music, his lyrics, his intellect. If he was white would you use his color against him? Of course not, that would be spurious. Would a black man call T.I a nigger? No, spurious. I for one am glad that bigots of all kinds are dumber than the rest of us, and that goes for all racists and homophobes, sexists, all bigots.

8:03AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

T.I. = Too Ignorant

8:02AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

T.I. = Too Ignorant

11:34AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

"If you are against gays, you have a right to do that in peace." WHAAAAT? You are saying that you can be AGAINST another GROUP of people, just because they're different in their sexual orientation from you? Coming from a black man, who not that long ago (and still) had to fight discrimination of GROUP, based on your skin color, is mighty outrageous! You have walked in their shoes, and should understand.

11:09PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Jokes that hurt are not funny.

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