Anonymous asked: I'm confused - I see a lot of posts saying "Ellen Page comes out" with a clip from that Time to Thrive speech, but I thought she was already out? I had it in my head already for some reason that everyone knew she was gay
Will: Many already kind of knew but She officially told the world. No one else did it for her, she choose to do it for herself. So this is why its kind of a big deal. A lot of Ellen Page fans kind of knew but it wasn’t 100% until she said herself…which she did.
T-Pain says he knows artists who won’t collaborate with Frank Ocean because he is gay.
Hip Hop music has long had its struggles with homophobia. From Eminem’s earlier controversial lyrics on the subject to the reaction to singer Frank Oceancoming out, Hip Hop music has often been considered as behind when it comes to accepting gays.
In a recent interview with Vlad TV, T-Pain touched on the subject and condemned those who try to over prove their sexual orientation.
"I think it’s just niggas man," T-Pain said when asked about the time he compared himself to reality star Ray J. “You ever notice how homophobic niggas is all the time? It’s like, dude if you ain’t gay, then gay things shouldn’t bother you, gay people shouldn’t bother you. You ain’t going to get your ass pumped dude, ain’t nobody trying to look for you my nigga. You can say gay things but not be seen as gay. You don’t gotta say, ‘No homo.’ You ain’t gotta say, ‘I want a hot dog, no homo…’ Be comfortable with your manhood. We know you fuck bitches my nigga.”
The singer also talked about other’s relationship with his assistant, who is gay. He says people shy away from him when his assistant is present.
"I can see people not fucking with me because he’s there," T-Pain said. "It’s like, bro, you ain’t even got bitches, why do you think this gay dude going to like you? Bitches don’t even like you."
T-Pain also claims that the urban music community is not “gay-friendly” and says people will not collaborate with Frank Ocean because of his sexual orientation even though they would want him on their song.
"I think the radio is getting more gay-friendly," he said. "I don’t think urban music is getting more gay-friendly because if that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs. I know niggas that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay, but they need him on the fucking song and that’s so terrible to me man… What I do ain’t going to affect nothing that you got going on."
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It’s just crazy to me that everyone finds him to be some kind of Christian hero when he admitted to cheating on his wife repeatedly and drinking excessively for most of their marriage.
Now, since he’s “found God” since then, he’s holier than thou and can quote the bible regarding the sins of other’s?
What happened to hate the sin, not the sinner? So he hates the “sin” of homosexuality, but gets to compare gays to people who fuck animals? And that’s not “hating the sinner”?
I don’t think anyone is saying he has a “holier then thou” mind set. He’s exercising one of his basic American rights, and is being shunned for it. THAT is wrong. He is doing nothing but standing up for what he believes in. That has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of alcohol you consume, or if you’re faithful to your wife. He was solely under the assumption that he had the freedom of speech.
Freedom of speech is a political right that protects you from retaliation from the government. It does not protect you in private enterprise or in personal relationships. “Freedom of speech” does not protect you from experiencing the personal and professional consequences of offensive or unprofessional speech. It just keeps you from being arrested or imprisoned. And when your speech crosses the line and turns into threats, “freedom of speech” won’t even protect you from that.
Here are some examples of where freedom of speech does and does not protect you:
- You publish an editorial in a conservative paper where you call the president of the United States a Kenyan-born terrorist who is establishing secret death camps for Christians in rural areas. Your freedom of speech will keep you from being arrested by the government. Your freedom of speech will not, however, keep you from being criticized by individuals over your lack of evidence and ridiculous conspiracy theorizing.
- You have a syndicated column with a newspaper and in a post on your personal blog, you go off on a racist rant wherein you employ multiple racial epithets. The newspaper catches wind of it. Your freedom of speech will not protect you from losing your job because of your offensive behavior, because the newspaper—a private company—does not want someone who espouses those ideas representing their paper and they are entitled to fire people who misrepresent their organization.
- You call your husband an asshole. Your freedom of speech will not keep him from being mad at you or potentially using it as grounds for divorce.
- You go to your private enterprise job and point blank call your female supervisor a cunt to her face. Your freedom of speech will not keep you from losing your job for unprofessional, offensive behavior.
- You go to your government job and point blank call your female supervisor a cunt to her face. Your freedom of speech will not keep you from losing your job for unprofessional, offensive behavior. Your freedom of speech will keep you from being arrested.
- You go to your job in the White House, and you call the president an asshole to his face. Your freedom of speech will keep you from being arrested, but it will not keep you from being fired.
- You go to your job in the White House, and you are overheard saying to another employee that you think the President is a Kenyan-born terrorist who deserves to be taken out into the Rose Garden and shot execution style by a Real American. Your speech is now a threat of violence, and your freedom of speech will not only not keep you from losing your job (you probably will), it also will not keep you from being arrested for issuing a threat on the life of the president.
Are we clear now what exactly freedom of speech is and how it works?
You don’t have freedom of speech with a private employer. If you work for A&E and you go around spouting homophobic garbage and A&E doesn’t want to be associated with said homophobic garbage or the person who spouted it, they are entitled, as a private company, to fire you and put as much distance between themselves and you as possible.
Just like this dude is entitled to stand up for what he believes in and say offensive things about gay people in public without fear of reprisal from the government, A&E is entitled to stand up for what they believe in and say they don’t want a homophobe working for them at their private company and fire him. And you are entitled to be mad about A&E’s decision to fire him…but other people are also entitled to be pissed off if A&E decided to keep a homophobic hypocrite on their payroll.
Freedom of speech does not mean you do not have to take any responsibility for your words.
Geez louise, people, take a fucking civics class.
One of the other most common misconceptions about “freedom of speech” I see is when people think they are owed a place to state their views, no matter how obnoxious or hateful the things they say. They’re utterly outraged when this violates the TOS of the site and they get kicked off it, crying “Censorship!!!” or “I have a right to free speech!!!”
That’s not what freedom of speech is! The above commentary nicely laid out how freedom of speech does not protect you from consequences for your words, but I’ve also seen people think that tumblr (or livejournal/dreamwidth or bbs or forums or any website that lets you publish content to the web) owes them that platform to do so.
Because, no, they really don’t. They are not stopping you from making your own company that can publish content to the web, you will not be arrested for saying hateful things. You can stand on your own lawn and speak your words, if you want. But tumblr doesn’t owe you a provided space for it, they are entirely within their rights to say, “We don’t want that on our site, you’re banned.” They’re a company who offers a deal with certain terms of service, they don’t owe you shit.
But ultimately it’s about how you won’t be arrested or punished by the government for what you say (aside from threats to others’ safety), NOT “I want to say what I want to say and you shouldn’t be able to tell me to shut up!!”
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