Was 50 Cent Just Outed?
We’ve stayed out of it until now, but every other gay blog (and TMZ) has been obsessed with week with rapper The Game’s are-they-homophobic or aren’t-they-homophobic comments about HIV, black men, and gay men on the down low “tricking” women into contracting HIV.
From where we’re standing, the arguments on both sides are largely nonsensical. We get the impression that The Game is misinformed and muddling two separate issues; rising HIV rates within the black community and the soundbite-friendly, but largely hot air topic of straight men leading secret gay lives on the side.
Frankly, if the increase in HIV infections among black women were due to a small group of closeted gay men secretly infecting them, then the issue here would still be that of black women practicing unsafe sex – and a whole freaking lot of it at that. Saying the down low is to blame for an entire demographic’s unsafe sex practices is irresponsible, and a swan song that we have zero interest in continuing to proselytize. Plus, it’s just bad math. The argument here breaks down to gay men having sex with (lots and lots and lots) more women than straight men do.
But rappers outing one another in a Twitter war? We’re all over that!
Oh snap! Boys boys boys – can’t we all just get along? You two are really giving Cher and the Bachmanns a run for their money!