Another day, another rapper indulging in homophobia. Erick Sermon recently sat down with VLAD TV to discuss the issue of gays in the rap game. For the most part, Sermon seemed to be able to deny working with gay rappers and confirm his own heterosexuality without looking like he actively had something against the LGBT population. Then he dropped a minor bomb about not being able to show his kid MTV programming because of the “girl-on-girl” and “boy-on-boy” action that pops up on the network, making his discomfort with the gays plain as day.
It’s more of an eye-roll thing than a pick-up-your-pitchfork situation, given that Sermon used the cheapest and most cliched way possible to express that he’s uncomfortable with same-sex relationships. When someone says “What about the kids?” with this issue, it’s almost never about the kids. In fact, if kids were exposed to more gays in media from a young age, they would be the least disturbed by the idea, compared to older generations. The real problem here is that the parents of those kids are the most sensitive to gays on TV; time and again they’re ones freaking out, crying foul and feeling violated by the idea of gays being “in their face”–because the generation before them tried to hide that part of the population away, too. It’s a vicious cycle, and Sermon has no qualms about continuing it.
But let’s call it what it is: Sermon, not his kid, is the one whose world stands to end when too many gays pop up on his TV. If his kid hates seeing gays in the media now, it’s likely because Sermon did first. The idea that somehow exposing Sermon’s innocent kid to the concept of gays would cause irreparable damage in some way isn’t just preposterous; it’s projecting. Semon’s entitled to his opinion, of course. But a man with more integrity wouldn’t have said his kid had anything to do with it.