Kanye West to Fans: Don’t Use the Word ‘Fag’


A YouTube clip of the final minutes of a Madison Square Garden performance of Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour on August 5th shows the rapper speaking out against homophobia and anti-gay slurs.

Apologies in advance for my rough transcription.

"Open your fucking minds. Open your minds. Be accepting of different people and let people be who they are. You know how many people came to me calling me gay cause I wear my jeans the fresh way? Or because I said hey, dude, how you gonna say 'fag' right in front of a gay dude's face and act like that's ok. That shit is disrespectful. Coming from Chicago, where if you saw somebody that was gay you were supppoed to stay ten feet away. It should be time to break out of the intuitions that I was sayin', the steretypes, or the fear, the backlash that I would get if you don't believe in what I believe in, acceptin' people for who they are...they're very talented and if they do something special in the world and they're discriminated. I've flown across the world y'all, and I've come back here to tell you — open your minds and live a happier life..."

It begins about 1:45 in on the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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