Chris Brown Under Fire for Nasty Homophobic Remarks about Frank Ocean
Chris Brown has come under fire from gay rights groups for using homophobic remarks toward fellow artist Frank Ocean. When being approached by Paparazzi who asked Brown what he thinks about Ocean, Chris casually responded, “Man, no h**o!”
“No h**o” is the common remark used by many hip hop artists to say that they do not approve of homosexuality. It has been heavily criticized by scholars and others who are seeking a more inclusive culture within the world of hip hop.
Brown’s remarks are most notable because Ocean just came out the closet, admitting that he is in love with a man. This was a rare first in modern black music, largely because it’s quite rare for any urban artist to admit that they are not heterosexual. The highly masculine nature of hip-hop culture is built on men having s*x with lots of women, not other men.
This is not the first time that Chris Brown has been criticized for homophobic remarks. Last year, when he was approached by reporters seeking to take his picture, Brown said “Ya’ll n****z is weak. Did you all call them and try to film me? Y’all n****z is gay.”
Frank Ocean admitted that he told the world that he was gay before the release of his last album, largely because he didn’t want too much speculation over the revelation that many of his songs were written for other men. By writing the letter, he was pre-empting the questions and attacks that were sure to come.
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