Don’t We Love That T.I Is Also Supporting Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance?

May 18, 2012  |  

I can’t tell yet if President Obama’s really started something with black male rappers and acceptance of homosexuality or if these stars are just being trendy, but after Jay-Z expressed his support of the POTUS’ controversial same-sex marriage stance, T.I. has done the same.

In an interview with MTV’s RapFix Live, TIP made it clear that the push for gay couples to be able to marry is a non-issue for him.

“Just to speak honestly and being frank, I don’t care,” he told Sway. “I think that if a matter doesn’t affect your daily life, you shouldn’t take a hard stand on it. If it’s not something that directly affects you, if it doesn’t affect you, what difference does it make to you what other people are doing with their lives?

“I think that you should be able to do whatever you want to do,” T.I. remarked. “I don’t see how it matters one way or another.”

Although Tip hasn’t been able to vote for the past several years due to being on probation since his 2007 weapons arrest, this September his probation will be lifted and when he was asked who he was voting for he responded:

“I don’t think that’s a hard question….Obama.”

When we think about it, there are only a handful of rappers who really matter in the game right now and I wonder if T.I. and Jay-Z’s endorsement of same-sex marriage will start to peel back the anti-homophobic layers covering hip-hop. There’s a big difference between saying I don’t care what they’re doing over there and backing a gay or lesbian rapper but if these guys openly support homosexuality in one form they better be ready to accept it in another if confronted with it.

What do you think? Are T.I. and Jay-Z being trendy or could they really bring about change?


Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Elle

    I don’t know about TI and Jay Z’s stance, but it sounds like they are being trendy. In general I think a lot of people gulp down Obama’s kool aid. He could say he believes in spraying roach spray on your armpits twice a day, and I guarantee all his sheep would buy it and try it without hesitating. 

  • Netdandri

    I didn’t hear him endorse anything. Apparently, he was asked about it and he said he didn’t care one way of the other because it doesn’t affect him. Am I missing something here?

  • Jessi

    I’m glad that they are finally making a stand for what is right, now if gay and lesbian artist in the Hip Hop community would make a stand publically supporting their rights for equality and those of other lesbians & gays who live in states where we (yes I said we) can’t marry, would be wonderful and show America that they loved these people before they knew their sexual orientation….and it shouldn’t matter. The homophobia in the hip hop community has been something that people just haven’t wanted to really talk about. I’m glad that President Obama let them see a prominent black man stand up for the rights of ALL americans, and their right to marry whomever they like. You can be black & straight, and support gay love!

  • Msnaimah1985

    I don’t really see T.I’s comments as backing Gay Marriage. What I do see is the whole gay marriage topic is diverting our attention off of the real issues, i.e. the fact that wall Street and Bankers received over 5 BILLION Dollars in bailout money and we are now entering back into non fixed rate non  interest mortgages which led us into the housing crisis in the first place. Don’t be fooled to think that 2 people getting married in California has a bearing on your life in Chicago or will effect your childcare payments in Maryland. Please for the sake of growth, stop following blindly where the media is leading you. This issue truly only matters to those who are gay and interested in getting married, its different from a Hate Crime or gays being punished in the military….let’s see our hip-heads taking a stance on drug abuse in urban communities or the declining amount of money in government food stamp programs….issues that actually make or break life for most of their hip-hop constituents.

    • Netdandri

      Really… Let’s hear them speak out about something that matters to most of us

  • Chessica450

    first off T.I is not saying he is taking a stand against anything!! and he’s certainly not saying he will rally and march for gay rights, he was simply asked whether the push for gay rights was an issue for him or not and he gave he OPINION stating that he doesn’t care to make the push for gay rights an issue for him PERSONALLY! WHY?!! because it’s DOESN”T AFFECT HIS DAILY LIFE!! AND THUS SAYING THAT HE DOESN’T GET WHY PPL GO UP IN ARMS STATING if it doesn’t affect you, what difference does it make to you what other people are doing with their lives?? HE SIMPLY STATED HOW HE FELT…HE NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT HIM BEING AT THE FOREFRONT FIGHTING FOR GAY RIGHTS SMH

  • Sophie

    illuminati type craziness…. i feel like anti Christ agendas are being pushed here… as long as jamaicans have denouced chichimen… here Beenie Man go and apologizing for homophobic comments…. all of the things going on right now are kooky.

  • Truth

    So I posted my comments…which I didn’t see posted?

    I said T.I. makes me wet.  Also these rappers keep drinking the Obama kool-aid.  Stand for something or fall for anything.  Gayz and cockafella records fo real!!

    • Sophie

      no asked what T.I. was doing to your coochie… smut.

      • TRUTH IS

        One smut to another…..dont take my term literal….get a life!!

  • I think it’s something the rappers have wanted to say for a long time but feared being accused of being on the down low if they spoke on the matter. It seems the door has been opened by President Obama and they are now casually strolling through it.

  • shelshel

    I really don’t understand the big fuss about gays and lesbians and transgender….let them do what they want to do. just as along they don’t put their beliefs on me

    • goneinthewind

      which is impossible. we need to respect them because they have feelings and I’m no one to trample over someone else belief and I wish others would as well

    •  Lots of people also feel this way about Religion.
      I think its the best way to feel about EVERYTHING.   people need to stop policing other people, because no one ever wants to take rights away from themselves, only people who aren’t them, who they don’t have to watch how it affects them and their lives. Show me the person who wants to take away their own rights and I’ll show you a liar.

    • same can be said of Christians using the government to impose their religion on us through laws. The only reason gay marriage is illegal is because of YOUR religion,

      • Jerzee81

        No, it’s illegal because you can’t turn wrong into right! A man and a woman were created to procreate. Homosexuality is a peverse choice.

        • It’s only wrong because ur book says soo. That’s the point. No one cares what your religion says

          • Corey

            Nature alone will tell you if homosexuality is right or wrong. Put every homosexual man on an island, put every homosexual woman on an island and wait 100 years or so. They all will be dead and have no offspring, they can’t procreate.

            • Putting straight men on an island and putting straight woman on an island. would lead to the same result, so your point is mute. And putting them on separate island isn’t natural in itself.

  • I’m glad their taking a stand. I think they always supported it. But because of the hip-hop and black community, they were afraid to take a stand on their own. So now with Obama saying something they can feel comfortable speaking on how they feel. I’m glad they said that, all we need now is more..

  • Jessevandell

    They are being trendy, these are the same people who say words like f@ggot, but all of a sudden they are sensitive toward gays and their wants.Please!. I understand changing your mind, but on controversial issues like homosexuality,a change of heart doesn’t happen over night,unless apparently you are committed to supporting Obama under any means necessary, which appears to be the case with most of these rappers.One thing I don’t get about this whole gay movement, is on one hand they will compare it to the civil right movement and then on the other hand claim that it won’t affect you so mind your own business….How does that make any type of sense? I mean did the civil rights movement not affect and change society as a whole? Weren’t blacks, whites, asians, hispanics, and every other person living in America inevitably affected by the changes implemented during the Civil Rights movement? How can the gay movement and those in support of the gay movement claim that situation is the same but expect everyone to feel the consequences will be different. It seems rather contradicting and dishonest in my opinion.

    • jason vorhees

       I feel what you are saying and like you i dont get the comparisons to the civil rights movement of the 50s-60s-70s simply because that one involved your rights as a specific ethnicity.  Like people have said before you cant hide your skin color.  But at the same time civil rights in the bigger meaning has to do with your rights as a human .  So technically from the law perspective it IS a civil rights movement. Just not the same as the one that went on decades ago.

      • Jessevandell

        I get why people consider it a civil rights issue, though i agree with you its not the same as the one in the 1960s. I just don’t get how some feel that it wont affect society as whole and those who live in it. I just dont see how some can make that jump in logic.