“Do Better” Sarunas Jackson Scolds Fans Who Called The “Insecure” GQ Spread “Gay”

May 31, 2018  |  
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For their comedy issue, not only did GQ decide to feature Issa Rae on the cover, they also decided to highlight the men of the show with their own photo spread. Again, it was a comedy issue, so the fellas were posed in various positions, many of them a deviation from GQ’s signature “strong, sexy type
stance.

Check out the pictures from the spread on the following pages.

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There was quite a bit of discussion surrounding the images. Apparently, there were comments questioning these actors’ sexuality and even discussions about masculinity based on depth of skin tone.

In the comments on the post on Baller Alert, people left comments like:

“Suspect asf.”

“They mad close in that sauna [eye ball emoji]”

“I love me some Lawrence but he look like tank is full of sugar.”

“Pause my n*gga um pineapples pineapples these n*ggas gay.”

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Men of #InsecureHBO for #GQ magazine (swipe)

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Check out Sarunas’ response on the next page.

attends a block party celebrating HBO’s new season of “Insecure” on July 15, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

As a result, Sarunas Jackson took some time out to address our community’s narrow conceptualizations of masculinity via his Instagram stories.

“I’m just going to give this a little bit of attention. I’m not bothered, it does need to be addressed. It’s about the GQ spread me and the fellas from Insecure just did. Me and the fellas did a shoot with GQ – as you guys know – and we had a great time. It was fun and it was a blessing. I was very grateful to be apart of GQ, it’s been a lifelong goal.

Mind you, this was for the GQ Comedy issue. Say that again: GQ’s Comedy issue. Now, if you been following me – or if you know me personally – you know, I ride for my people. I ride for my culture. Now, I’m also going to hold you accountable, no matter who you are. It doesn’t even matter about culture. Period.

How homophobic can people be? You know, we’re a group of men, who had our shirts off and we’re doing GQ Comedy issue, and we’re being called gay, up and down, right? Mind you, none of us are gay in that group, and even if any of us were, who cares? That’s not the issue. I’ll tell you what the problem is, though.
The problem is

1. You guys are using homosexuality as a negative.

2. Accusing us of being ‘cause why? Why? It’s a big problem in the Black community. Get secure with yourself people, get secure.
Ironically, our show title is perfect for a lot of you motherfuckers out there; dead ass!
On top of that, just shining the light on another problem, the colorism. All the light skin dudes were gay – automatically. Crazy, y’all. Crazy.

At the end of the day, we’re group of brothers that’s on the show for the culture – support. And we have a lot have great supporters out there. And we thank you guys. We do. We love all you guys that support us. Love y’all.

Just some of the final notes: do better.
And a lot of you motherf*ckers who was talking sh*t on guys who are living their dreams – doing a GQ comedy spread – you would never wanna see these hands! These m*thaf*ckas lethal. That’s a fact. Don’t let this sh*t fool you, this smile and this acting stuff. This smile and this acting stuff – don’t! But our supporters, love you. The love we get from our supporters. You guys are another level and you guys make us excited to create.”

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