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Rapper Fat Joe Says Hip-Hop is Run by a Gay Mafia: VIDEO


Rapper Fat Joe gives an interview with VLAD TV in which he talks about the presence (and lack thereof ) of gays in hip-hop, alleging that gays run the business.

"The hip-hop community is most likely owned by gay, to be honest with you. I happen to think there is a gay mafia in hip-hop. Not rappers, the editorial presidents of magazines, the PDs at radio stations, the people who give you awards at award shows. This is the f**king gay mafia. They are in power. So why wouldn't a guy come out and say, 'yo, I'm gay' and get that type of love. I mean, Lady Gaga, I don't know if she's gay but she's running with that gay sh*t for real, and she is winning."


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  1. Ladies and Gentlemen -- I give you, Neanderthal! Watch him speak! C'mon Fat Joe, talk for the nice people.....

    Posted by: Bob | Nov 10, 2011 10:47:35 AM

  2. Bob you nit wit

    What he said was in his own way supportive of out proud gay rappers and hip-hop artists

    Not once did he denigrate homosexuality. He in his own way comes off supportive at least to make $$$$

    Posted by: say what | Nov 10, 2011 11:02:50 AM

  3. His name is Fat Joe..... nuff said.

    Posted by: jame | Nov 10, 2011 11:04:26 AM

  4. Who run da world? gays...

    Posted by: Come on... | Nov 10, 2011 11:05:35 AM

  5. I think this is a case of "I GET WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, BUT YOU SOUND DUMB AS HAYLE."

    He fails to realize that the same system which keeps actors in the closet keeps musicians in the closet. The industry is built on marketing what sells. On producing culture for the masses. Hip Hop culture in some respects is one that is built on the concept of hypermasculinity. A company wouldn't risk having an out artist for the same reason that a film company doesn't hire and out gay man for their latest blow sh*t up action film.

    For the record, I'm not condoning this; I actually find it appalling. There have been some exceptions to this archetype in the culture such as Kanye West who doesn't really fit into that hypermasculine ideal(e.g. in style of dress, musicality, etc.) like 50 Cent does.


    Posted by: new-new | Nov 10, 2011 11:05:37 AM

  6. I'm just excited to hear there actually IS a gay mafia and they own the power...but couldn't they do us all a favor and clear up the homophobic lyrics?

    Posted by: Geoff M | Nov 10, 2011 11:05:40 AM

  7. yeah New-New


    I think this is a case of "I GET WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, BUT YOU SOUND DUMB AS HAYLE."

    He comes off ignorant in how he says what he says but what he was obviously trying to say is actually in his own dumb way supportive even if it is only to be out to make $$$$$$

    Posted by: say what | Nov 10, 2011 11:08:01 AM

  8. Shut up moron.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 10, 2011 11:08:49 AM

  9. wow, i didn't know we owned hip hop. yeah... still don't think i could get to where i'd like it.

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Nov 10, 2011 11:19:05 AM

  10. Lady Gaga's hip-hop?

    If hip-hop's run by a gay mafia they're not doing much to advance gay artists in hip-hop.

    Posted by: db | Nov 10, 2011 11:25:53 AM

  11. brent corrigan will have to do a reshoot for the velvet mafia! meow

    Posted by: luke | Nov 10, 2011 11:28:37 AM

  12. Yes. We definitely own hip-hop, rap, and R&B. That's why these three are some of the most homophobic genres in the entire music community. Those "No-Homo" openers, midders, enders, and in-between-words-sers? Yep- definitely a product of an industry RULED ON HIGH by a gay mafia. Gotta please those gays by bashing them and creating a culture of fear and hatred over them. Yessiree. We of the Gay Mafia are simply not satisfied until the masses are frothing in their desperate need to smash in a gay man's face with a tire iron!

    Seriously. Sarcasm aside this guy is spouting nonsense. Hell- even if he's trying to be supportive in his strange, unhelpful way it only comes off as ignorant and homophobic. It sounds eerily similar to anti-semites talking about how "Jews control the media and Hollywood" or some such idiocy.

    Posted by: Aedan | Nov 10, 2011 11:29:33 AM

  13. Thank you, SAY WHAT. In his own form of English he's actually trying NOT to condone homophobia.

    If you don't understand someone else's form of English then don't try to. I often don't understand the English and slang spoken by young Americans (Black and White) and so I tune them the out. Let my beloved President try to decipher what the f.ck they're saying--he needs them in November 2012.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 10, 2011 11:31:32 AM

  14. Wow.This guy is braindead.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 10, 2011 11:42:40 AM

  15. I always forget that Fat Joe survived. He is like the last fat hip-hop/rapper from the 90's

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 10, 2011 11:44:01 AM

  16. I guess Gay is the new Jew.

    Posted by: gaylib | Nov 10, 2011 11:46:51 AM

  17. yeah, i thought he was being very supportive and cool. way to be, fat joe.

    Posted by: brian | Nov 10, 2011 11:47:23 AM

  18. Talk about bias. Joe was talking about how there are lots of gays in the entertainment industry. For example, the former editor in chief of Vibe Magazine, Emil Wilkibin, is openly gay. Joe also said that he worked with gay rappers. How does Towleroad take the comments of a man who says that gay people should be out in 2011 and transform those comments into an allegation that his entire speech was about gays running hip-hop? This guy said something really positive and, yet again, all I'm thinking about is the racial divide among the gay "community."

    Posted by: BMF | Nov 10, 2011 11:50:42 AM

  19. Did any of you actually read the article? He says that he doesn't care if you're homosexual, and that in 2011 you should just come out and say it. He also says that if people don't like it then f*ck 'em.

    Go back to your sensitive-sally-I'm-angry-at-everything sad boxes.

    Posted by: TyN | Nov 10, 2011 11:55:05 AM

  20. No, he's not being homophobic. I agree he's being supportive, but obviously it's hard to read into what he's saying with the way he speaks.

    He's right that there are a lot of gay men and lesbian women in the urban music scene (including rap, hip-hop, etc.). He's wrong in saying we run the industry, though. We don't run the industry. Music executives and mainstream society runs the music industry. The music executives, the ones who really are the movers and shakers, tend to be straight men 35 and older. Same is true in Hollywood. The real power brokers tend to be straight, middle-aged and older men. We may make up a large population of artists in the urban music industry, but we're controlled by what the music execs tells us we have to do to save our careers, and that is to remain closeted. Because they don't want their business represented by gay people, and society does not accept us as a community enough to prevent backlash in terms of record sales.

    Only a guy like Adam Lambert can get by with that, because he being gay sort of fits in with his whole image, or someone like Ricky Martin because he's already so established. If a mainstream rapper came out of the closet his record sales would tank. Look at Clay Aiken, he's not on the radar anymore. We still have a while to go before it becomes a non-issue that any big shot in the music industry is gay.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 10, 2011 12:02:40 PM

  21. Oh puleasse to these people supporting this dude.Get over it already he comes off as very ignorant so even if hes trying to be supportive or whatever it is NOT coming off right period.For instance his comment GAY SH-- is not a positive comment period.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 10, 2011 12:02:45 PM

  22. wow. what disappointing comments, attacking him for the way he speaks, when he is actually supporting gay people being out!

    how would we respond to a gay person's message being torn down bc he said it "too gay"?

    Posted by: AB | Nov 10, 2011 12:10:56 PM

  23. You shouldn't upset the self-loathing closet cases who post here, Michael. They're so SENSITIVE!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 10, 2011 12:13:06 PM

  24. "...he comes off as very ignorant..."

    Ignorant of what? And whatever it is you think he's ignorant of should it be of any importance to him.

    "his comment GAY SH-- "

    Sh.t means the same thing as stuff ("Judy Garland could sing and dance and act, and all kinds of sh.t"). That's not just a young person's slang usage--older people use it to.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 10, 2011 12:15:14 PM

  25. good lord....you got a big time rapper who's actually on our side and all you queens do is cut him down.
    just because he doesnt end his sentences like "thisssss" and call you "girl" you guys think he's being ignorant or dumb.
    get over yourselves.

    Posted by: Your Momma | Nov 10, 2011 12:19:20 PM

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