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Lil B Isn’t Gay. He’s Just An Ass.

Posted in smh. by Jason Mekkam on April 20, 2011

Lil B announced last weekend during his Coachella set that he plans on making a new album called I’m Gay. For this I think he’s an ass.

As the creator of songs such as “I’m Miley Cyrus”, “I’m God”, “Ellen Degeneres” and “Pretty Bitch” the Bay Area rapper’s music has always ascended to a level of absurdity fueled heavily by his self-created “based” ideology – which Lil B explains as “[being] positive, doing what you want to do, not caring and just being yourself.”

Catalyzed by his own Kool-Aid, Lil B has said and done a lot of crazy, but this time Lil B has gone too far. This stunt is stupid. With his new album title plans, he’s conducted his train o’ ignance right past outrageous and unnecessarily towards intellectual/cultural assault.

According to Based God, his madness’s method is an effort to emphasize language’s nugatory nature. Or as B more eloquently put it: “Words don’t mean shit.” Haters question Lil B’s sexuality. So Lil B retaliates on some Eminem-I-Am-Whatever-You-Say-I-Am/B Rabbit vs. Papa Doc type shit. Cool. But not really.

I’m Gay opens up a rather large can of worms. When approached for reaction by XXLmag to I’m Gay, a spokesperson for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said, “We hope that Lil B’s album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally.” I’m not as optimistic. At worst this all is a shameless stunt. At best it’s a very misguided act.

For too long homophobia and hip-hop have been nearly synonyms. This is a tragic fact. Lil B is not gay. He’s gone on record stating so several times. So while some may view dude’s embrace of gay as a noble flip of the bird towards rap’s ugly prejudice, in reality it’s counter-productive. If this is an attempt, in line with his based movement, of turning a negative into a positive, at its root it still recognizes homosexuality as a negative. Gay shouldn’t be a put down. It’s a sexual orientation that, like black, female, Christian, or Portuguese, shouldn’t be ascribed a positive or negative connotation. It isn’t bad. It isn’t good. It just is.

Even if we were to give the Based One full benefit of the doubt, what he’s doing is still wrong regardless of intent. In the early 90s’, a rap group calling themselves Young Black Teenagers emerged. The whole group was white. When questioned, they said they named their group so as a way to pay homage to black culture. As cute as their reasoning may have been, they were fucked for that just as Lil B is fucked for this.

People aren’t mascots. Cultural appropriation is not cool. Even with the most sincere intent of honoring Black History Month, an all white drama club performing a stage version of Roots while wearing shoe polish is still blackface. And it’s offensive. While certainly not as extreme, I still can’t help but see Lil B’s latest shenanigan in the same light.

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  1. […] Lil B Isn’t Gay; He’s Just An Ass by WULU […]

  2. Hump Jones said, on April 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I totally disagree with your Hegelian worldview, daug, and I think that Lil’ B is acting as an important catalyst. This is more of a tautology than an argument, though, since he’s obviously getting a lot of people to talk about him and his work in the past year. His schtick works because it is working, and that’s also the best thing that can be said about it.

    Lil’ B is bullshit that matters. It’s not going to be a smooth and orderly, calmly considered transition over to a more just world where homophobia and racism are a distant memory. (We’re never going to get there at all, but that’s another story.) It’s not going to get settled by a debate between Rick Warren and Neil Degrasse Tyson…pop culture is a 1:1 map of the global brain. The Overton Window has got to be PUSHED by ass stunts like calling your next album “I’m Gay.”

    Say what you will about Lil’ B the rapper, he’s a great Discordian Saint. He’s doing good work pushing these buttons.

    • Nut said, on April 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Lil’ B is the cum stain on the nasty hotel sheets of rap music. Yeah there are people who don’t mind it, some even like or perfer it. Eventually it get’s washed and it will be gone. It doesn’t matter how much we talk about him now, next year there will be a different wet spot….
      Thank you and Goodnite
      Anxiously anticipating laundry day,
      Nut

  3. WULU said, on April 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    “Lil’ B is bullshit that matters”

    Why?

  4. Hump Jones said, on April 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Causality is beyond me, daug. I’m not up on his life story enough to tell you WHY he matters so much that everything he does gets bloggers like you to comment on it. I’m just stating observations about reality. He’s bullshit. His music is terrible. Yet obviously, his act is working, because he matters.

    “Why” is really not that interesting, though, is it? Shit, pop culture is essentially an endless, decades-long parade of empty heads just as vapid as this dude. They all came from somewhere.

  5. EXACTLY said, on May 3, 2011 at 1:48 am

    I could not have put it any better. I am a huge fan of Lil B — he definitely has some talent and there’s no denying that he is funny as hell. However, by saying that “words don’t mean shit”, and ‘proving’ this by calling his album ‘I’m Gay’, he is implying that being gay is a negative thing, but it’s cool because, hey, words don’t mean shit, right? Lil B is trying to shake up one aspect of the world, the rap community, which is, for the most part, extremely homophobic and outwardly hostile towards the LGBT community by essentially modernizing the old saying, “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me”, which is understandable because his manner of dress, for instance, is undeniably ‘unique’. He’s gaining controversy with them with a knee-jerking album title and then mitigating it with his ‘words don’t mean shit’ facade, leading to controversy and piqued interest at this man who’s confident enough and has enough swag to be straight yet call himself ‘gay’. It’s definitely an attention-grabber, and we’ll see how his album sales do. Meanwhile, however, he is trying to please GLAAD and the LGBTQ community in general (which he, admittedly, has some level respect for — see his earlier interviews). Despite the shocking album title, Lil B is still conforming to the homophobic hegemony of the hip-hop world while, at the same time, claiming his title has different meaning (one of support and alliance) to the gay community. He needs to choose a side and stick with it, and, in addition, name his album something normal and rational while still expressing support for the gay community or being a typical, homophobic rapper — his call, although I hope he’ll take a stand for something positive, or ‘based’.

  6. shay said, on November 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    you sound like a fucking idiot.


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