This should have been reported a few days ago, so excuse the tardiness. Lloyd Grove of the Daily News quotes an upcoming Kanye West interview by King magazine, where he discusses his own internalized fear and discomfort with the gays .
I'm still trying to get over my own homophobia. I still wouldn't feel comfortable at a gay bar. I wouldn't go to a gay parade. I don't know if I'm in favor of gay marriage or not.
That's certainly not enough to indict him on; the crowds and music at more than a few gay bars could even irritate yours truly. Of course, Kanye has brought some attention to homophobia within the hip-hop community. Before many others anoint him as the new gay-friendly-rapper, his comments show that he still has far to go.
Even just dealing with my interior decorator, having to travel with him, I've had to deal with issues. There was a point I wouldn't even get in the car with him 'cause I didn't want people to see me with a gay person. I didn't want it to hurt my career.
The big footnote here is that at least Kanye confesses to his own shortcomings. West also admits that he was reluctant to speak out against homophobia in the industry—afraid of being labeled "gay," which probably explains the decorator anecdote and other tidbits in the article.Kanye Wrestles w/ Homophobia (NYDN) Kanye Trifecta (Rod 2.0) Kanye on Gay Bashing (Rod2.0) Hip Hop and Homosexuality (Keith Boykin) Black Gays & Straights Come Together (Keith Boykin) Now Let's Be Frank (Frank Leon Roberts) Stuff Like This (Scott Poulson-Bryant) A "Gay Friendly" Voice (Rod 2.0) Why You Can't Ignore Kanye (Time) Is Hip-Hop Homophobic? (Vibe)