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04/19/2007


T.I. Does Not Care About Gay Marriage

TIGayMarriageRapper T.I. was asked about gay marriage on Hot 97 yesterday, just two days after fellow hip-hop artist Jay-Z said he agrees with President Obama on granting full marriage rights to same-sex couples.

The response is far more tepid:

I don't care. I don't see what the big deal is, why some people are so against it. Why would you be so against it if it doesn't affect you or your lifestyle? I'm not in that world and it doesn't affect me if they did or they didn't... I don't care enough one way or another.

If something doesn't affect you, you should not take a strong position against it.

Unless perhaps if the impact hurts others.

T.I. has previously said he thinks celebrities should be able to speak out against gay rights without being "shut down."


Ryan James Yezak Has a Message for T.I.: VIDEO

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A couple weeks ago I posted the homophobic remarks by T.I. in Vibe magazine as well as his appearance on TMZ defending them. If you missed it, catch up HERE and HERE.

Or you could watch this clip from Ryan James Yezak, who tells me T.I.'s comments bothered him so much that he felt compelled to make this video in response.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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T.I.'s Homophobic Big Mouth is Pissing Off Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan wishes rapper T.I. would keep his mouth shut, Rob Shuter reports:

Morgan"Tracy wishes T.I. would just shut up," a friend of the "30 Rock" actor tells me. "It has not only picked the scab off a very ugly wound, it has also put Tracy in a very difficult position. Does he issue a statement distancing himself from T.I. or does he say nothing?"

The comments that have Morgan straddling the fine line between staying under the radar and fighting back came from T.I.'s interview with Vibe, in which he referenced an off-color remark about gay men as "the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say."

T.I. then suggested that the backlash against Morgan's stand-up routine was un-American.

Previously...
T.I. Tells TMZ He Stands By His Comments: VIDEO [tr]
T.I. : Celebs Should Be Able to Speak Against Gays Without Being 'Shut Down' [tr]


T.I. Tells TMZ He Stands By His Comments About Being Able to Speak Against Gay People in Peace: VIDEO

Rapper T.I. called in to TMZ to talk about his recent comments in defense of Tracy Morgan to Vibe magazine, in which he said that celebrities should be allowed to speak out against gay people without fear of being shut down.

Ti_tmzSaid. T.I.: "“They’re like,‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ ... That’s not American. If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace.’"

TMZ asked T.I. about the comments:

"I was quoted correctly, but I was taken out of context...I'm not saying that being gay is being un-American. What I was saying was to use whatever power or authority you have to shut people down because they don't agree with you that's not what America was built upon. The institution allows us, it affords us the right, to speak out peacefully and respectfully in opposition of any point or any topic that comes up...I'm not against gay marriage...but for the people who may have an opinion against it, then for the corporations to throw their weight around to shut them down, that's not fair."

He added: "It's about people who take themselves too seriously, any group. It's not just about gays, I think that African Americans groups sometimes take things a tad too seriously too...If you use the "n" word like Don Imus and say something that's completely derogatory and disrespectful, that's understandable. But if you just have an opinion on something that just happens to be related to the African American culture and it's in opposition, then they have no right to shut you down either."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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T.I.: Celebs Should Be Allowed to Speak Out Against Gays Without Being 'Shut Down'

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In the new issue of Vibe, T.I. sounds off on the Tracy Morgan controversy, and suggests that it's un-American for gay people to speak out against those who criticize them:

Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy (Morgan) say during a stand-up was, ‘C’mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a dick, you can take a joke.’ [Cracks up laughing.] That shit was funny to me. And it’s kind of true.’

While T.I. makes clear that he supports anyone’s sexual preference, he then connects, in his opinion, a current oversensitivity among gay people with a consequential and ironic offense of the First Amendment. “They’re like,‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ ... That’s not American. If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace.’


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