Since Frank Ocean's revelation about his sexuality last month, many have wondered if hip hop's history of harboring homophobic attitudes may be at its end. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Snoop Dogg, one of the genre's living icons, said he believes rappers and rap fans have in fact become more accepting.
"People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they’re different," he said.
When Ocean revealed that he had previously been in love with another man, public reaction was mixed, but a noteworthy majority of comments in the media and from other artists seemed to embrace the news and Ocean's courage in sharing it.
"When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that," Snoop said. "There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that’s what we were brainwashed and trained to know."
Snoop, who has previously used homophobic content in his music, joins other rap stars including 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes in changing his tune.
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