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EminemIs Hip Hop Homophobic?
QV Readers Throw in Their 50 Cents at the Topic.

IT’S NOT HARD TOO SEE that Hip Hop is incredibly influential on pop culture today. However, it is a genre of music that has seen artists such as Eminem use inflammatory language against QVs. We decided to ask our readers if they felt Hip Hop was homophobic, and the results were surprisingly mixed. While 34% of our readers found Hip Hop culture to be definitely homophobic, 39% felt it wasn’t homophobic at all. Another 24% felt it was somewhere in between, and the remaining 3% didn’t know. Below are some of the responses that we received—and both sides had some interesting arguments to support their opinions.

“Yes. But it’s a man thing. If at any time a rapper started rapping about QV rights they’d get bashed, lose their fan base, and so on. It’s homophobic, but I can see why. We all know that there are many female rappers who are QV, but there’s no way they’d come out. It’s all a game—it’s fame.”
—22 years old, Monrovia, CA

“Very much so! Using derogatory slang such as ‘faggot’ is offensive to me. I don’t hate on an artist who uses those words, but I don’t agree with it.”
—20 years old, Woodside, NY

“I think Hip Hop is homophobic. Eminem is always hating on ‘fags’ and Ludacris says, ‘All you faggot muther f**kers get the f**k off the way,’ in his song, ‘Move Bitch.’ I don’t think there have been any positive actions made to involve homosexuality in Hip Hop, or that there ever will be. It’s kinda sad because it’s my favorite kind of music.”
—26 years old, Albuquerque, NM

“I feel that Hip Hop Culture is homophobic because it is based on the strong and powerful ‘Urban Macho Men’ commonly thought of as thugs or ganstas. This image does not welcome homosexuality because a homosexual is seen as inferior and weak. There have been a very, very small number of openly QV rappers (Caushun, for example) but they are ignored and not given the same publicity or recognition as mainstream rappers. Someday, people in Hip Hop Culture will realize that not all homosexuals fit into the ‘fairy’ category and can hold their own.”
—19 years old, Newark, CA

“Unfortunately, I strongly feel the homophobia in the lyrics of Hip Hop artists. I feel like the hardcore image that is perpetuated with being a rapper or Hip Hop artist doesn’t encompass being QV friendly. Fans are very critical and I feel that a lot of artists are afraid they’ll lose fans if they don’t fit into the preconceived idea of what a Hip Hop artist is.”
—24 years old, Houston, TX

“No, rappers rap about what they know, and since the majority of them are straight, they cannot rap about homosexual issues because they do not know much about it. That’s why we need more QV rappers like Deadlee.”
—18 years old, East Lansing, MI

“I don’t feel it’s the culture that’s homophobic because Hip Hop culture exists within our own QV community. Straight people, although they comprise the largest portion of the Hip Hop artists, do not have sole rights to Hip Hop. I haven’t heard any Hip Hop artists talk down about QVs. If they did, it would be a personal thing, not a Hip Hop thing. Hip Hop is a way of life—everyone is free to live it.”
—23 years old, San Jose, CA

“Not necessarily. I just caught a Latino poet (Emanuel Xavier) on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry. Watching something like that was promising.”
27 years old, Brooklyn, NY

“No, Hip Hop is not homophobic, rather, it even proves to be homoerotic. The sexually alluring styles of many Hip Hop artists is intended to capture the attention of any audience—male or female. In music videos, album covers and inserts, Hip Hop magazines, billboards, at concerts, we are all exposed to and invited into the realm of boundless sexuality.”
—26 years old, Los Angeles, CA

“I don’t think the culture itself is homophobic, but I do believe that some of the artists and their lyrics are. To say that the entire culture is homophobic would be wrong, because it doesn’t necessarily address homosexual issues. It’s a culture of music, not of beliefs.”
—25 years old, San Fernando, CA


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