Rapper Wale has some seriously shocking beliefs about gay men in the music industry, revealing that he believes LGBT artists use their sexuality to get ahead — and that even some fake it to get positive attention after “coming out” publicly. To Wale, Frank Ocean only won his Grammy because he’s gay. Appalling!
Wale, 31, visited The Breakfast Club morning show on October 21, and spewed some truly hateful opinions about LGBT artists in the music industry. He slammed Frank Ocean, 27, specifically, stating that the “Forrest Gump” singer only won a Grammy because of his sexuality. Click through to read his views and watch his interview.
“If a dude was gay, man, he’d get a Grammy,” Wale said. “They’re going to make fun of them, they’re gonna throw their Twitter jokes…but in the next three years there’s probably gonna be a dude who’s not even gay that’s just like ‘Man, this is my last resort’ …But nah, I would sign a gay rapper if he was dope. ‘Go ahead man, go do that thing, go do them Versace fashion shows.'”
“But the point I’m trying to make is it’s definitely – and people are probably going to go bad on me for saying this – but its an advantage to be gay in this country right now,” Wale continued. “That’s just the fact of the matter. Frank Ocean is very dope. Very very dope artist. He got pushed to the moon when he dropped his album though. He got the Grammy and everything. There’s about 30 artists in the country that sold about how much he did or more – they didn’t get any of that.”
Wow. Just wow. We don’t even know where to begin with these atrocious statements! Wale admitted that Frank is an amazing artist — but apparently, he’s not good enough to get the recognition he accrued with his last album! To say that only his sexuality bolstered album sales isn’t just shocking; it’s offensive, not to mention insulting to everything Frank’s done to get where he is in the music industry!
Wale also doesn’t seem to understand that coming out is still an event that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Many individuals don’t have a supportive environment in which they can do so, and face threats and violence for being open about their sexuality. No, Wale; gay men do not have it easier than straight men in this country right now.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by Wale’s remarks? Tell us in the comments!
— Samantha Wilson