BY TER STAFF
While responding to a fan’s negative comments on Instagram, Snoop Dogg posted and soon after deleted a homophobic post that has upset many.
From what we can infer, after Instagram user jimjamz1988 allegedly insulted Snoop Dogg on his own Instagram page, Snoop then went through the user’s photos and shared the photo to Snoop’s thousands of fans on Instagram with the following message,
“U n ya boyfriend since u like Jumpn on my page disrespectn bitch boy go suck ya man n get off my line f. A. G.”
You may have gotten away with that when ‘Gin N Juice’ was a top song on the radio in the 1990s, but not today. At what point do we stop Old School rappers and the elderly from making homophobic comments (because ‘they don’t know any better’)? In fact, Snoop is no stranger to homophobic comments. While commenting on Frank Ocean coming out of the closet, Snoop said “It’s acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don’t know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine … I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies.” Wonder how your ‘gay homies’ would feel about your recent comments Snoop?
Homophobia has had a long and diminishing role in rap music and it is nearly impossible to define what is okay and what is not. Eminem has been rapping the word faggot for years, and as the biggest selling rapper of all-time, he is apparently accountable to no one. Not only does he use the word, but almost always in the context to insult gays.
“You fags think it’s all a game. ‘Til I walk a flock of flames, off a plank and tell me what in the fuck are you thinking? Little gay looking boy, so gay I can barely say it with a ‘straight’ face looking boy.” – Eminem (‘Rap God’)
While I am of the opinion that Eminem has came a long way since homophobia in his early records, and that recent use of the word faggot was simply to pretend like he is the same Slim Shady from many years ago (he even titled his upcoming album the Marshall Matthews LP 2), this language shouldn’t have a place in rap. And sure, rapper Tyler the Creator says faggot in his music all the time, but not in a directly homophobic way, rather in the non-politically correct use to describe someone who is being ‘lame’ (almost makes me think of the classic Louis CK joke). At least though with Eminem and Tyler the Creator, in 2014 their arguably homophobic raps are part of their art form and music, and not to shame some guy on Instagram by expressing their homophobic opinions.