Almost two weeks ago, the comment thread on Raz B's decision to perform in Washington DC quickly escalated into a ridiculous referendum on straight performers who "only try to make money" from gay audiences. "Ridiculous" because it's the nature of the entertainment industry—or any industry, for those of us who understand the basics of micro-economics and a capitalist society—to maximize market share. One comment suggested that Raz B said in a magazine interview that his playing for gays "was just a gig" and his intent was only to make some coins.
The December interview was in Sister2Sister and a reader sent the link. Of course, Raz B says absolutely nothing of the sort. Instead, the former B2K member says that he wanted to set a good example.
Raz B: Oh yeah. I performed at the Pride festival and it was very controversial.
Ericka: Why did you do it?
Raz B: You know, God led me to do that. And to get my confirmation, two days after I did the performance, Kanye's on TV talking about issues with a lot of gay people and stuff like that, you know what I mean? So no discrimination to anybody. I come here with a heart of love.
The young heart-throb also says that since the event, he's had to deal with rumors that he's gay. We all know the intense peer pressure on black men, especially the younger ones, to appear hard and to reject the gays and any behavior not deemed "masculine." Kanye West has said that since his statements in support of the gays, he's had to cope with the exact same drama. So let's give Raz B a break. No one said that the singer was a super sensitive, socially responsible politically progressive activist. But at least Raz B is showing more love than the majority of his peers.Raz B Talks (Sister2Sister) Trade Alert (Rod 2.0) Take Raz B Home (Rod 2.0) Raz B (Official Site) Ray J's One Wish (Rod 2.0) No Ray J (Rod 2.0) Is Hip-Hop Homophobic? (Vibe)