T.I. Clarifies Controversial Comments About Gays

The rapper says his remarks about the gay community were taken out of context.

Posted: 11/28/2011 08:34 PM EST


Few things are worse than being misunderstood, just ask T.I..

In the midst of the MC's recent media blitz, he appeared to have put his foot in his mouth during a VIBE interview by laughing at a Tracy Morgan joke about gays and remarking that people that are against homosexuality should be able to voice their opinion.

 "They’re like,‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ ... That’s not American," T.I. told VIBE. "If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace."

Today, the King clarified his comments during a phone interview with TMZ.com.

"Did they get [my quote] wrong? I mean, not from what you said," T.I. said. "It's a lot of attention being cast upon such a small part of the interview, I was really just laughing out loud at a joke that I heard Tracy Morgan say. It just so happened to be in reference to gay people, like excuse my language but 'If you can take a blank then you can take a joke.' I thought that was funny. I believe that you have the right to do whatever you want to do as long as you're not hurting anyone else."

The Atlanta MC also noted that he did not describe gays as "un-American" but he was referring to specific actions.

"I was quoted correctly, but I was taken out of context," T.I. explained. "I'm not saying that being gay is being un-American. I was saying to use whatever power or authority [you have] to shut people down because they don't agree with you that's not what America was built upon. The institution allows us to speak out peacefully and respectfully in opposition of any point or any topic that comes up. I'm not against gay marriage but for the people who may have an opinion against it, for the corporations to throw their weight around to shut them down, that's not fair."

And Tip isn't limiting his statement to just alternative lifestyle groups, but his own ethnic group as well.

"It's about people who take themselves too seriously, any group. It's not just about gays, I think that African Americans may take things a tad too seriously too," He said. "If you use the "n" word like Don Imus and say something that's completely derogatory and disrespectful, [African American sensitivity is] understandable. But if you just have an opinion on something that just happens to be related to the African American culture and it's in opposition, then they have no right to shut you down either."

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