Terror Squad leader Fat Joe has shared his reaction to fellow Latin artist Ricky Martin announcing his homosexuality.
Writing via a blog posting, Joe explained his stance on the situation.
“Everybody’s their own man,” he wrote. “And if Ricky Martin felt like he had to come out of the closet and that’s what he does and that’s what he represents, then good for him. It ain’t for me to make a decision whether he should come out or whatever the case may be. The most disgusting things that I’ve seen, and I’m not saying about being gay at all, it’s when you have artists who have a wife and live with a wife and don’t admit they have a wife and two kids and thinking that’s for the image. How do you think that makes a girl feel walking around knowing I live with this guy, I love him, I share everything with him but he never wanna say I’m his wife? So you can just imagine what Ricky Martin was going through. With me, it’s all about being comfortable with who you are and if you gay, fine, be gay. I’m not gay but fine, you do what you do. I’ll do what I do. I think it’s 2010 and everybody should be allowed to live happy and live their lives and whatever makes you happy, then so be it.” (VIBE)
Last month, Martin released a statement regarding his sexual preference.
“To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where [sic] born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment,” he wrote. (Yahoo Music News)
Last summer, N.O.R.E. said a successful gay rapper exists in hip-hop.
“The gay community is here,” Nore said in an interview. “It’s not secretive. When you’re in the industry and the minute you make a certain amount of money, you cannot avoid it…And the craziest thing in the world is you get used to it…They don’t bother you, son, most gay men don’t like straight guys…I have recorded, not with people who are openly gay, but people who are closet gays. I’ve got songs, you know, Google it. I’m positive I have worked with a gay rapper. I didn’t know [beforehand] but when I found out, I didn’t jump off a diving board into a pool full of sharks. It is what it is…I’m sure my sexuality messing with b*tches does not make them mad…There is [a successful gay rapper out now] and he won’t get me to say the name. Once he’s a success story to the point where he can’t be stopped, then yeah, he’s gonna come out the closet…It’s not a big secret, everybody is gonna be like, ‘Oh yeah, I knew that.'” (Vlad TV)
Juelz Santana previously apologized and clarified gay comments he made last year.
“As far as haters, for you to sit behind a computer and just give off hate, and I didn’t mean it as far as potentially you being gay, it’s just almost like a gay act,” Santana explained. “It was really just for the haters…And when I mean gay, it’s no offense to gay people once again, because I have gay people that work around me. I’m comfortable, I do my business with them…It’s almost like saying you’re acting like a b*tch…To anybody who took it to that offense, I’m truly sorry from the bottom of my heart.” (World Star Hip Hop)