Rapper Warren G: I’m Fine with Gays as Long as They Stay Hidden

Vanity Fair interviews West Coast rapper and hip-hop producer Warren G, who launches into a tirade about how kids are being led down the wrong path by rap artists who focus on wealth, and, well, gay people.

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Says Warren G:

"I ain’t against gay people. I’m just against it being promoted to kids…I know people that’s gay. My wife’s got friends that are gay. I got family
that’s gay. Cousins and shit. He cool as fuck. He cool as a
motherfucker. He’s my homie. I just mean that on some of these TV
shows, they got dudes kissing. And kids are watching that shit. We
can’t have kids growing up with that…I know it happens, but let’s keep it behind the scenes. Ain’t nothin’
wrong with it if that’s what two dudes wanna do. Cool. But that’s not
bring that out into the world, where the kids can see that. We don’t
want all the kids doing that. ‘Cause that ain’t how we was originally
put here to do. Like I said, I ain’t got no problem with the gays."

No problem until he sees them in public.

Comments

  1. rayrayj says

    I feel the same way about rap. I think it’s fine as long as they don’t play it in public. I mean on some of these TV shows, and radio stations and web sites they got rap music playin. and kids are tuning into that. We don’t need kids growing up with that.

    I know rap happens, but let’s keep it behind the scenes. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with it if that’s what people wanna do. But let’s not bring that out into the world, where the kids can be exposed to it.

  2. Bart says

    And anyone should care what this douche things because…? Good God, why would this illiterate let a magazine print both his syntax and retarded thoughts? Doesn’t he realize they are printing it because it makes him look like he’s got his pea brained head stuck up his ass? What a loser dope.

  3. rock says

    I am so over the fucking trailer trash ghetto talk. I mean seriously you have some dough invest in grammer classes and invest your $$ wisely or you’ll wind up on a reality show.

  4. Mark says

    Well clearly he’s an idiot, but lets take out the word “gays” and put in “blacks.”

    “I ain’t against black people. I’m just against it being promoted to kids. I know people that’s black. My wife’s got friends that are black. I got family that’s black. Cousins and shit. He cool as fuck. He cool as a motherfucker. He’s my homie. I just mean that on some of these TV shows, they got blacks kissing. And kids are watching that shit. We can’t have kids growing up with that. I know it happens, but let’s keep it behind the scenes. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with it if that’s what two blacks wanna do. Cool. But that’s not bring that out into the world, where the kids can see that. We don’t want all the kids doing that. ‘Cause that ain’t how we was originally put here to do. Like I said, I ain’t got no problem with the blacks.”

    If I said this, I’d be labeled a racist and rightly so. But this homophobic asshole gets to spout off in Vanity Fair and the interviewer doesn’t even call him on it.

  5. Miaulement says

    What grammatical prowess! What is he saying about when he does see gay people in public? This is like reading his public apology for his violence before the (heretofore known) fact.”Sorry, they were kissing…” One of the above comments trading “gay” for “rap” is funny AND TOTALLY TRUE.

  6. Rob says

    Good God! Can’t we protect America’s children from Rapper Warren G and the many other homophobic rappers just like him? Their music should be “off limits” for impressionable youngsters. After all, they might grow up believing (and practicing) all the hateful BS they hear in this so-called music.

  7. Disgusted American says

    !st off this asshole needs to learn himself proper English speaking….he sounds ignorant…and what he says IS Igonorant….yo, Mr Rapper asshole…40yrs ago, people didn’t want to see Inter-racial cpls kissing or assocaiting, as that “wasn’t the way it was supposed to be”…..sound familiar dick???

  8. Qjersey says

    He has no problem promoting “ghetto culture” to kids, who now think that to be “authentically black” they have to act and dress like hoodlums and drug dealers from the projects.

  9. chris says

    I’d rather my kids be around gay folks any day than around morons who speak like a bunch of ghetto idiots. What a shame that so many young black men think of this dark fool as a role model.

  10. crispy says

    Alright, Mark, my apologies for being harsh. It’s just that someone always brings race into these threads, and it’s so unnecessary. I mean, would you have made the same comparison if it was a white guy?

    At least the person who substituted “gay” with “rap” made a funny.

  11. buffzillla says

    When, oh when, will this blight on culture that is Rap Music and Hip Hop finally go the way of the pet rock and shoulder pads? I’m so sick of these third rate WalMart “poets” putting their lazy, uninspired “rhymes” over real musicians’ music and calling it an album. It was a brilliant, improvisational non-violent alternative to gang warfare back when it first started. Now it’s nothing but disposable junk. It’s the music industry’s version of reality show stardom. A bunch of no talent, ignorant hacks getting a shot at celebrity for having done nothing of worth.

  12. Roger Ramjet says

    Someone needs to remind his skanky gangster ass that there was a time when ‘his kind’ was better seen than heard, and when seen, they had chains around their ankles and neck.

    And has Vanity Fair lost it’s ever-lovin’ mind? Who do they think 1/2 of their subscribers are???? GAYS.

    I certainly am throwing out my subscription that I’ve had for 12 years. This is too much. Free speech ends at the tip of a Fascist Rap Ganster’s fist and my nose.

  13. Hussain says

    Hip-hop is still something where people get to express what and who they are and where they came from. Hip Hop is art ( just listen to Lupe Fiasco or Souls of Mischief 😉

    But mainstream Hip-hop is now a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry rooted in music, clothing, jewelry, a whole lifestyle. It is a culture of extravagant and expensive consumption….

  14. GrabbinNewscum says

    Obviously, it’s his religious beliefs not his race that’s at fault here. After all, isn’t that the explanation the apolgists made to try to explain why a majority of Blacks voted for Prop 8 in California? “If you control for religion, Blacks voted the same way as whites.” (Even though they actually didn’t).

    Funny, I keep reading that statement trying to find a specific religious belief or Bible quotation and not seeing any.

    But I still firmly belief that it’s religion, not race.

  15. says

    I’m not sure what’s worse; Warren G’s disturbing ignorant homophobia (Hey, G, would you say the same if I substituted the word “black” for “gay”?), his assault on the English language, or Vanity Fair devoting a whole article on a useless one-hit-wonder?

  16. Derrick from Philly says

    Thanks, CRISPY.

    I understand that the analogy of racism being the same as anti-gay hatred is one often used by white & black gays. It is a strategy (rhetorical strategy, I guess?) used to embarassed black homophobes, but somehow it seems to work better when black gays use it against black homophones. Why? Because the white gays who use it seem insincere in their claim that they are against both homophobia and racism.

    The first reaction of the black homophobe is to say, “you’re racist anyway, and them dumb black faggots think you white faggots are their friends.”

    As far as this Rapping idiot–well, if he’s so concerned about the minds of America’s children, why doesn’t he stop all the explicit misogynistic crap in those Rap videos and Rap songs? Too many Rap songs and videos promote promiscuous sex, degradation of women, and lots and lots of Venereal Disease.

    (Oh, my, did I say “Venereal”. Using that term tells you how old I am. “STDs” is what they call ’em now. And I haven’t had one in 32 years…I so proud).

  17. kody says

    Didn’t Judy Garland rock that look back in the day? Without the chin fuzz, of course. Oh, and I think he forgot to talk about his love for lesbo porn. I need to get on his twitter feed, that way, if he’s nearby, I can run and hide so he won’t see me and get upset. Yes, that’s what I’ll do. Gosh, I had no idea he was such a sensitive person! And loved kids (straight ones) so much! What a powerful, protective role model for our (their) youth. I must listen to the incredible music of this remarkable man! What a gifted, forward thinking person! We are so lucky to have him! Yo!

  18. says

    “Hip-hop is still something where people get to express what and who they are and where they came from.”

    They express their idiocy and they come from nowhere.

    I too long for this crap to be over — and the perps responsible along with it.

  19. Attmay says

    Rap and hip-hop have to go.

    Musical styles developed by black artists basically defined the 20th century, from Jazz to the Blues to Rock ‘n’ Roll to Rhythm and Blues/Soul to Disco.

    Yet they threw a century of uniquely American musical tradition and innovation away for this hateful, tuneless garbage. Nothing but a string of racial slurs (and no, I don’t support the N-word double standard), misogyny, violence, and homophobia. Even without those elements it’s stylistically wanting.

  20. Derrick from Philly says

    “Someone needs to remind his skanky gangster ass that there was a time when ‘his kind’ was better seen than heard, and when seen, they had chains around their ankles and neck.”

    See, the strategy doesn’t work well when a white gay bigot uses it. The black homophobe simply responds, ” oh, you don’t like black people anyway, you racist fag…and them dumb black faggots think that y’all white faggots are their friends.”

    Now let me try it:

    “‘Cause that ain’t how we was originally put here to do,”say’s Warren G.

    I say, “yeah, well some folks believe we were put here just to pick de cotton, but we know that’s not right, Warren G. People have more sense now, don’t they”

    ROGER RAMJET, you attack black homophobes for their homophobia and anti-gay hatred. You let me handle the racial & historical stuff, hon. For you see, as you remind Warren G that “his kind” came here in chains, it just reminds me that “your kind” came here after they emptied the prisons and brothels of Western Europe.

  21. nikko says

    RAP SUCKS!!!! I can’t think of anything that has put blacks in a more negative light in the past few years than this garbage that glorifies every stereotype of black delinquency (arrogant posturing, criminality, homophobia, misogyny,theft,violence,boasting,etc.) Yeck. Die, good riddance.

  22. Chitown Kev says

    Oh dear, I’m late for this party I see.

    You know, you don’t have to take away all rap and hip hop. Just the overwhelming majority of hip hop since, oh, 1988 or 1989 or so when this West Coast gangsta shit started.

    See, Attmay, hip hop was actually good, really good when I was in my late teens and early 20’s. And the folks that did hip hop then have gone ahead and gotten their educations, done other things and what not. These ignorant-ass, no TALKING, mothafuckers nowadays…

  23. DairyQueen says

    Whatever, hmmmm sounds like a familar song and dance that people were saying in the early 90’s about his Gangsta Crew (Snoop Dog, Dr Dre, NWA, Biggie, etc) polluting the TV airwaves. How did their influence on the “kids” work out? Oh yeah, there is a whole generation of thug wanna be’s and the gang rates around the country have sky rocketed. Also Homophobia in the hip-hop community is out of control. SO SFTU.

  24. says

    Warren G was literally a pimp and drug dealer. One of my favorite of his songs, ‘Ain’t No Fun,’ is literally about gang rape. How dare he even attempt to throw a stone. I wonder how he would feel if a kid who grew up listening to “Ain’t no Fun,” decided to act it out on one of his daughters.

  25. Q says

    I just love how folks want to condemn ALL of rap and hiphop when most of the successful “mainstream” (i.e. white) artists of the past 20 years have been “influenced by” (i.e. ripped-off) that very genre. But of course let’s not talk about that cuz, ya know, Justin Timbersnake is cute and stuff. And I really like that Lady CaCa beat!

    Furthermore, you assholes have not even HEARD all of hip hop, have you? There are great rappers with deep messages and progressive ideas who shun the gangsta model. All rap is NOT gangstas and ho’s! There are underground movements you know nothing about. AND THERE ARE GAY RAPPERS telling their stories and carving a way for the LGBT community!! What about them?!

    Y’all full of shit, as usual.

  26. Harris of Hollywood says

    The sad thing is that this is actually a step-up for most of the Rap Community. As long as it’s in this direction, I have some hope. I just don’t get why he brings up kids. Does he not listen to his own music?

    “Sixteen in the clip and one in the hole/
    Nate Dogg is about to make some bodies turn cold/now they droppin and yellin it’s a tad bit late/Nate Dogg and Warren G had to regulate… I laid all them busters down/ I let my gat explode”

    Killing N*ggas = OK for kids
    Gay stuff = Not OK for kids?

    Meeh.

  27. Another Andy says

    Wow. His English is really proper, isn’t it?
    Such a broad vocabulary and use of correct diction.

    I would say a greater threat to the children of America is constantly being exposed to the ppor speech patterns of rap artists who sound as if they can not make it through one page of a first grade reading text.

    How many “I got no” and “Ain’t nothin’s” can we stomach. It is “I have no” and “there isn’t anything.”

    Yuck. The mainstreaming of ghetto culture in America is the real threat.

  28. anon says

    you know – his comment is just like what some of the ol’ white men used to say, ” Hey , you know, I don’t mind the black men, they are fine. I even have some as friends. They are good until they begin to get a little uppity…” I am sure we have heard/read those quotes. How is his any different. Just one person trying to subjugate another and feel better about himeself in the process.

  29. mike says

    Ignore Crispy, Mark. A crank is a crank and yes, Crispy, substitute “white” if you want or anything else. But since Warren G is Black, Mark’s analogy was proper and I don’t care how many times that analogy has been used here. That you would even get in a huff about it makes me think that you aren’t all that upset with what that washed-up “artist” has to say. Warren G is a DL asshole and his stupid, homophobic, ignorant-ass remarks only confirm that. Personally, I wouldn’t my kids listening any of his foul-mouth, misogynistic, third-rate crap that passes itself off as music. However, I’m sure you’ll make room on your iPod.

  30. coffee&chicory says

    it’s people like him, people I see ALL THE TIME at college that piss me off. It’s times like this that I love standing in the middle of the arts quad or at a frat party and making the shit out of my boyfriend. the looks are priceless. fuck you warren

  31. Bill in SoCal says

    This is the equivalent of my white ass saying that I have no prob with black people as long as they don’t move into my neighborhood. Oh, and stay away from kids. Gotta play that card too.
    Thing is, white people (and others) used to routinely make such quasi- enlightened statements regarding race. They were bigots then and this guy is a bigot now.

  32. adam says

    but it’s ok to teach children to spean incorrectly. You can’t be cool with something if you want to hide it. I’m cool with the way you speak as long as you don’t do it in public.

  33. says

    I would love to do an informal study to see the # of positive (“he’s so hunky in his speedos lipsynching to Shaira) posts about Blacks here as opposed to whites.

    I know you need clicks to get ad $ ,but, lately , the race baiting is getting annoying.

  34. Bryan says

    Is it a requirement of fame itself that celebrities be abysmally stupid self-involved narcissists ignorant to nine decimal places, or is it just that the media is ever ready to reward them with attention for being so?

    Is it really that difficult to understand that “two dudes” started out as two children, and that oppression of gay people _is_ oppression of children?

  35. jmg says

    “That you would even get in a huff about it makes me think that you aren’t all that upset with what that washed-up “artist” has to say.”

    Amen, Mike. When Andy posts articles like this, there are many on here who are more upset about POSSIBLE racism than about the original DEFINITE homophobia.

    Fucked up!

  36. Chitown Kev says

    It seems as if a basic assumption of many of the white gay posters here is that if someone is black that means that they’ve automatically gone through discrimination. And being that black people have gone through histroic discrimination, then they “should know better” than to say bigoted shit like this.

    It’sthe idea of “the noble savage” (or something like that) all over again (unconscious to most of you). And that entire idea is kinda racist but you know what?

    Who’s to say that a person and/or a community of people that goes through historic and debilitating discrimination becomes “noble” and behaves in whatever various and sundry ideas of what “noble” is, thereby extending empathy to other oppressed groups. Some black folks are like that. Many, I might even say most aren’t. Many are angry. And many black folk think of other minority groups (gays, Jews, Latinos, etc.) as competing crabs in the bucket.

    Damn near every other minority group acts the same way, really. So you get all this hate going back and forth between minority groups and they ALL (Latinos, blacks, gays, Jews, etc.) should know better, you would think. But they really don’t. All of us minority communitites seem to act like crabs in a bucket, at times.

    And let’s not even bring class issues into the equation, then you have one great big hot mess.

    It never fails to amaze me just how much alike black communities and gay communities really are, in both positive and negative ways.

    Last, as far as racism and homophobia? IMHO, this is where a saying of my brother comes in.

    He was about 8 years old when he saw the make of a car that he liked but it was a different color. He said, “It’s the same thing except it’s different.” And that’s kind of the way I personally feel about comparing racism to homophobia.

  37. Husky says

    Please put “and shit” on to every sentence, because kids can’t pick up a magazine and see it right? It isn’t like most of us would buy his shitty “music”

  38. Chitown Kev says

    @JMG
    Truthfully, JMG…

    I do find both to be equally distasteful and for similar reasons; to be one or the other is just ignorant.

    I will say this though. Since gays (white, black, pink or purple) have little or no power in this society (contrary to what they might think) white gay racism has little or no effect on me, personally in terms of oppression. Besides, there’s far too many white gays that are non-racist for that.

    I mean, I have a lot more thoughts on this subject but it all gets back to expectations, really. Instead of looking at the “black” in the black straight homophobe, emphasize the “straight” (presumably) in that same homophobe. Straight homophobes act and talk pretty much the same way regardless of the color of their skin.

    Same with white gay racists, really. White racists tend to talk the same way regardless of their sexuality.

  39. Eazy E says

    Warren G is collecting used gay porn DVDs and VHS tapes. Help a brother out.

    Send your stash to:

    Warren G, C/O Regime Management, 105 W Alameda # 230, Burbank CA 91502

  40. says

    @JMG, you can try to belittle people who bring up racism here ,but, it’s a fact. Is every white Gay a racist, no! However, why is that whenever a Black man is a homophobe his race or sly nudges about his race are the norm? Why can he never just be a dumbass homophobe? Nobody says “white” homophobe or alludes to historical white homophobia. Give me a break. You can justify your internalized bigotry all you want ,but, under the surface, the fish swim.

    And why is it that 90% of the stories about Black men around here are negative when every white guy who takes off his shirt is given a glowing review? Who really gives a fuck about Robert Patton or some Slimane photog? The pictures are at best, trite. The actor is interchangeable with any other Vampire show guy. But, Tyson Beckford, who is just as vapid and 50 times as hot, gets a pic and story where he’s made to be a dick even though he’s not saying anything all that bad. The Kanye effect as it were.

    What? You need your soapbox back? But, I wasn’t fin..oh, 24play needs it. I’m sorry I didn’t realize there was a line… I’ll be back. I’m sure. 😉

  41. jmg says

    My post was not intended to deny that there is racism in the gay community. There is. But when Andy posts about these idiot rappers, too many of you totally ignore the original homophobia in an effort to pounce on the SLIGHTEST whiff of “racism” in the comment section. You come off as more concerned with some random commenter on the blog than on the highly offensive original statements.
    I agree that when a black person makes a homophobic comment he/she should not be singled out for being black. I do not think it is “racist”, however, to wonder how a black person could be so hurtful when he/she may have also gone through some tough times with discrimination. This point of view is arguably naïve, but it is hardly “racist”.
    You people throw the word around way too often.

  42. Mr Chris says

    Crispy DON’T APOLOGIZE to this Mark a$$hole.

    It amazing to me how some people want to always flip these issues and take the word gay out and input Black as if there are no other minority groups who have homophobic issues. Really girls? Is your love for Hispanics and Asians that strong?

    It only tells who you really are. And it has nothing to do with being gay. It comes from the household you’re raised in.

    At any rate Warren G was wrong for this dumb article and it onoy shows what type of home he was raised in!

    I see other groups can say things and you’ll get minimal repsonse from the gays. But when Blacks say it…OH MY GAWD THESE DAMN PEOPLE AGAIN!!!

    Once again things that make you go HMMMMMM?

  43. Marc says

    Warren G. is a one-hit wonder, last seen on VH-1’s Celebrity Fit Club, who hasn’t been notable since 1995. His ignorant remarks have no influence. No teenager today, who was just being born when he was last relevant, looks up to Warren G. and will adopt his viewpoint. So taking in his comments and bitterly disparaging all of rap and hip hop because you don’t like what he said is a useless retort. He speaks for himself and no one else. WHO CARES what he thinks? He has no political power or cultural influence. His unenlightened viewpoint does not in any way hinder the struggle/progress of the gay community. He’s just another person who doesn’t get it.

    Furthermore it’s always baffling to me how some people find it perfectly acceptable to resort to fighting homophobia with racism. That’s called being a hypocrite. If Scott Stapp had made those same bigoted comments, would any of the people who decided to respond to this with something about “black” had said something about “white?” Warren G., Isaiah Washington and Tim Hardaway’s comments inspire a barrage of racist comments from some gay white men who feel what’s good for the goose is good for the gander…but has anyone racially slurred Kirk Cameron, Miss California, General Peter Pace, Joe the Plumber for making similar anti-gay comments? No.

    With the exception of Miss CA (probably because she’s a woman) their homophobic comments largely don’t even inspire half the anger…and if they do get maligned, it’s narrowly focused on their own individual character, and not their racial group. It just amazes me how it’s suddenly okay to hurl racist sentiments at the black community (or twist it into something racial) in general as a response to a homophobic black person, but if a white person says something homophobic, that’s not the angle many of the same angered people take.

  44. michael says

    Wow no offense but this individual needs to learn how to speak more eloquently it would make a lot more sense.I will also never understand why even some african americans hate people like me so much.We can’t help who we love just as they can’t help what color of skin they are born with or have period.People like Warren make me grieve for this world people like him are exactly what is hindering the process of tolerance and acceptance in this country.

  45. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    “MARK” (28 SEPTEMBER 2009; 11:00:02 AM),
    Vanity Fair’s REPORTER IS CONDUCTING AN INTERVIEW ON ASPECTS OF HIP-HOP CULTURE – NOT, Warren G IN PARTICULAR. THE REPORTER IS NOT SUPPOSED TO CHALLENGE Warren G. Warren G IS DISCUSSING – USING NEGRO PROFANITY [THE “COMMON” NEGRO’S VERNACULAR] – HOW THE ISSUE OF HOMOSEXUALITY “PLAYS” IN INNER-CITY LIFE. Warren G IS TALKING ABOUT DISPLAYS OF HOMOSEXUAL LOVE IN THE PRESENCE OF “PREPUBESCENT” CHILDREN – NOT, ADOLESCENTS AND TEENS. ONCE PUBERTY STARTS, NEGRO YOUTH HAVE A FIRMLY-ESTABLISHED UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEGRO COMMUNITY’S DISAPPROVAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY. Warren G DISCUSSES THE COMMUNITY’S ATTEMPT TO SAFEGUARD TODDLERS AND EARLY-ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM HOMOSEXUAL DISPLAYS. TOWLEROAD READERS MISUNDERSTOOD THIS ARTICLE.
    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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