Of all of the stories that have stemmed from Coachella, Lil B’s announcement of his new albumh as taken on a life of its own.
When the “Based God” took the stage in Indio, California, he told the crowd that his new album would be be titled, “I’m Gay.” Since then the rapper says he had seen some of his core fans abandon him and even received death threats, including people replying to him via Twitter with words like ,“Fa**ot I will kill you.”
Though his album will be called “I’m Gay,” Lil B himself is not. In an interview with MTV, he explained:
“I’m very gay, but I love women. I’m not attracted to men in any way. I’ve never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I’m so happy. I’m a gay, heterosexual male,, I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it.”
While Lil B believes he is doing it for a good cause, some aren’t so sure.
In a statement on the controversy, activist organization, GLAAD noted they were uneasy with Lil B’s announcement and hoped the move came from a genuine place. According to GLAAD’S spokesperson
“As a lyricist, Lil B knows that words matter. Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance. We hope that Lil B’s album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally. He has the platform and the voice. We hope he uses it in a positive way.”
The Lil B announcement has received both negative and hesitant responses, but it has yet to receive the response the rapper hoped it would inspire. But in an world where everything is given a price tag, have we become too cynical about any one who says they are just trying to do the right thing?