Second-Guessing Snoop Lion's Comments on Hip-Hop and Homosexuality
Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) is a legend in the rap world. Everyone, even grandma, knows who he is. In the past 20 years, the rapper has branded himself well enough to be a household name.
In a recent interview with UK publication The Guardian, Snoop shares his views on a few social issues. One particular issue that Snoop touches is his current views on gay marriage, and says he supports it.
The interviewer, Simon Hattenstone, proceeds to ask Snoop his views on Frank Ocean coming out as bisexual. His response was "Frank Ocean ain't no rapper. He's a singer. It's acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don't know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine.
"It's like a football team," Snoop continued. "You can't be in a locker room full of motherfucking tough-ass dudes, then all of a sudden say, 'Hey, man, I like you.' You know, that's going to be tough."
So why is homosexuality only acceptable for R&B singers, and why is rap comparable to football? Is it really a genre that is so macho that only the manliest of men can do it?
Jack Freeman is a sultry singer from Houston who has given performances with an audience of women only. Rocks Off recently had a chat with the ex-college football player (who is straight) to get his thoughts on what Snoop had to say.
Photo by Elliot Guidry/Courtesy of Jack Freeman Jack Freeman
Rocks Off: What's your take on what Snoop said about R&B singers being more accepted for being openly gay?
Jack Freeman: For starters, the stigma of being gay in the music industry, whether we know it's true or not, the accusation will come up anyway. When artists are really successful a few things can be said about them.
They are either gay, taking steroids or a part of some secret society that no one has ever heard of. Now it's to the point where it's not even about the music anymore people care more about the artist's personal life. Hip-Hop and R&B music has a lot of growing up to do.
RO: Do you think Snoop was being old-fashioned with that comment?
JF: Yes, in a sense, but times are changing, because five or six years ago it wasn't cool for 40-year-olds to be still rapping, but he is very successful at what he does. Snoop is legendary. I kind of want to believe that he doesn't agree with the comment he made, because the the hip-hop world is quite homophobic.
RO: How did you feel about the homophobic responses from males who were once fans after Frank Ocean's coming out?
JF: Many guys out here are overlooking Frank's talent. They fail to understand that real life doesn't afford you to be morally responsible when it's convenient for you. These are the same guys that once said Frank's music was live, but now they can't play it because he's gay.