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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Rapper's insensitivity hits LGBT community and music scene

By Washington Post editors
LOCAL BLOG NETWORK

The Washington Blade reports on a potentially very ugly turn of events for rising homegrown rap star Wale. It seems the musician was originally slated to perform at this year's Black Pride festival, part of the annual Capital Pride events, but has since pulled out, claiming that he "didn't know Black Pride was a gay-related event when he agreed to appear."

Wale's departure from the line-up has already provoked a strong backlash from local black LGBT community leaders, many of whom are choosing not to mince words. Wale, they say, is a homophobe.

Jeffrey Richardson, president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and one of the local black LGBT leaders scheduled to be honored at this year’s Black Pride events, called Wale’s cancellation a sign that the LGBT community still has a long way to go to overcome prejudice. "This is pure homophobia on his part," Richardson said. "This reflects the feelings of the broader community. For a lot of folks, the biggest fear is of being labeled as gay. It’s a stigma we still have a lot of work to do to overcome."

This is really a sad piece of news for both the local LGBT community and the local music scene. Wale, 25, has largely been credited with putting D.C.'s hip-hop community back on the map over the last several years, and has been held up as an example to struggling local rappers that this city, long believed not to have as many talented hip-hop musicians as places like New York, Chicago or Atlanta, can also produce stars.

[Continue reading this piece by Sommer Mathis here at DCist.]

Sommer Mathis is editor-in-chief of DCist.com . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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Comments

Many straight people including myself find homosexuality as unatuaral and repulsive. So call me a homophobe or whatever current insult there is for that? However I disagree with "Whale" backing out of a gig just because it was a gay party.

All people should be proud of who they are and understand that being around gay's won't make you gay. Most gay people I know are good people so what's the big deal?

I am not botherd by someone being gay but I also don't appreciate two men swapping spit in front of me or telling me it's normal? IT'S NOT NORMAL!

Homophobia from what I understand is the fear of being homosexual or being labled as a homosexual. This doesn't fit people I know that are uncomfortable about homosexuality?

Apparently the gay community thinks that namecalling will intimidate people into acceptance. It wont work. Before the mid seventies physciatry as a whole had a position that homosexuals are sexual deviant's with many other issues?

With the rise of gays as a political force all of a sudden it's a normal lifestyle? Anyone who disagree's will be subject to organized condemation with every attempt to ridicule or professionaly ruin that person.

The Nazi's used similar propaganda tactic's!

Posted by: sbf845 | May 23, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sorry for the young rapper having a problem with the "L,G,B,T community but its expected when you start reaching out to those
you know nothing about. I wanted Pepper MaShay at "Capitol Pride" this year and she was turned down!! Here's a Black woman who has supported "The Community" throughout her career with songs such as "Dive In The Pool(Lets Get Soakin Wet(from "Queer As Folk)"
and "I Pledge" and was told No. So, you get what you get!!

Posted by: jeanblue22 | May 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Victor? Not a homophobe? Really?

/sarcasm

Posted by: nadams1 | May 25, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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