Rapper Says Anti-Gay Comments Were Out of Context

Published February 11, 2008

UPDATED Sept. 27, 2007 – Ja Rule followed up his recent, controversial, anti-gay Complex magazine interview with a kinder, gentler tone. Criticized by homosexual activist group GLAAD, he now tells the Web site Spinner.com his comments were taken out of context:

“It’s really not my business. I really could care less. I have relatives that are homosexuals and, you know, they come over for Christmas, hang out.” The rapper’s Complex interview revealed him as a critic of gay marriage. 

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Earlier this month,  the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation responded to published comments by rapper Ja Rule, who reportedly told Complex magazine: “Let’s talk about all these f***ing shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can't watch this sh**. Dating shows that’s showing two guys or two girls in mid-afternoon. Let's talk about sh** like that! If that's not f***ing up America, I don't know what is.”

On it’s official Web site GLAAD responds: “No fair-minded person can look at Ja Rule's interview with Complex magazine and believe for one second that his children could be more harmed by what they might see on television than by the vulgarity and prejudice that comes out of their father's mouth. Now that media have seen Ja Rule's intolerance unmasked by his own words, they have a responsibility not to provide in the future a platform for his ugly, vulgar displays of prejudice.”

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Written by BET-Staff

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