From The Grio — Since his release from prison in August rapper T.I has been busy spending time with his family,released a book and will soon be starring in a VH1 reality show that features his wife Tiny and their six children .

This week he was featured on the cover of Vibe magazine.

theGrio: T.I. and Tiny’s Family Hustle coming soon

In this interview, T.I. may have created a firestorm when he was asked about gay rights.

T.I defends comedian Tracy Morgan’s controversial rant on homosexuality which drew widespread criticism earlier this year. During a stand-up performance Morgan reportedly saidthat if he had a gay son he would stab him to deathMorgan later released an apology for his statements.

Along with his defense of Morgan, T.I opened up about what he considers the oversensitivity of the LGBT community:

Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say during a stand-up was, ‘C’mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a d**k, you can take a joke.’ [Cracks up laughing.] That sh*t was funny to me. And it’s kind of true.

T.I. went on to clarify his position on homophobia and gay rights:

They’re like, ‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ … That’s not American. 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.

To date, GLAAD and other gay rights organizations have not officially reacted or condemned T.I.’s comments.

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  • alldawg

    For you all who dont like what TI says, then give the same defense to nambla members…

    disclaimer “I am not a member of nambla”….I know how some of you think…

  • Buttons

    I think the gay community put a lot of effort into being understood, but invest very little time into understanding. There are two sides to every coin and whether gay community agree or disagree with people’s perspective on homosexuality; they need to learn to respect people’s right to have one. For most people that are against homosexuality, it can be extremely uncomfortable and disturbing to see women and men acting in reversed roles. Regardless of the different theories on the origins of homosexuality, when you are taught from a moral and biological standard that men and women have gender specific roles and you see a deviation from that it can be difficult to process, particularly for those whose religious beliefs teach against it. Therefore:

    Yes, the view of people of the same sex showing public affection can be disturbing.
    Yes, men behaving in a feminine and flamboyant way can be disturbing.
    Yes, women behaving in a masculine way can be disturbing.

    We get that being attracted to the same sex is a natural feeling for gays, just as it is natural for heterosexuals to be attracted to the opposite sex. There are many natural thoughts and emotions that people have, but it doesn’t mean that it is healthy and that it should be supported. The gay community should be treated as respectable members of society. I am in favor of gay rights in terms of protection from hate crimes and discrimination. But, I believe it is totally improper and self- imposing for the gay community to feel that they have an entitlement to marriage, which has been established and clearly defined between a man and a woman since its inception. To demand that is equivalent to women demanding that they have free access to a men’s locker room. To deny them access is not discrimination. Women do not have a right to be in a men’s locker room when it is specifically established for the sole purpose and privacy of men.

    Denying someone to eat at a restaurant is discrimination. Denying someone to bring their own cooked food to a restaurant and it eat it is not.

    • Keren

      great comment.

    • Zippers

      Wow. I was with you, just nodding away until I got to the second sentence of the third paragraph but then you went totally left, or should I say right.

      T.I. has a right to feel the way he wants to feel about homosexuality as long as he treats them with respect and dignity, just like he would anyone else–agreed. However, tolerance is not acceptance, and perhaps you and other contributors to this thread don’t want to accept and you mean to simply tolerate other’s view. That’s a great first step, and it certainly makes you self-aware to know you have biases and to identify them as such.

      But, when you write that gays are being “improper” to feel “entitled” to marriage under the God that created them as gay (and they are born gay), that’s tolerance. (And I’m aware the born versus assumed is also considered an opinion, though I believe it as fact.) It’s backhanded, like when people say “I’m sorry if you think I offended you.” Like that’s not full ownership of the offensive statement or an attempt to remedy that offense or to identify with that injured party, that’s just acknowledging that there is a difference of opinion there. But how effective is such an acknowledgement in a real and true bridging of 2 different perspectives? It’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    • Priceless34

      Buttons…Thank you!

  • Keren

    TI is right. Don’t you think people are trying to force the gay issue down everyones throat? Why can’t he express how he feels; no matter how important or unimportant he may be. I don’t believe in doing harm to anyone who commits a sin. If i go out there and have fornication, I am wrong, and in the same boat as any one who practices homosexuality. i have a right to feel that way. I love, Jesus loves all of us. He hates the sin.

  • Buttons

    TI’s prison stay has nothing to do with the comments he made. When people are in favor of homosexality, the gay community couldn’t be happier. When people speak against it they immediately go into attack mode. So, it could have been anhybody that made those comments and gays and lesbians would have still went off on a rant because they cannot acccept that people just don’t like and agree with homosexuality. Plain and simple.

    • Perverted Alchemist

      Case in point: Perez Hilton’s look when Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean stated her views on gay marriage. From the look on his face in this video, you can tell he didn’t like that one bit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XMvviFbkf0