Blame Ignorance for Migos’ Comments About iLoveMakonnen Coming Out as Gay

By | 4 months ago
Migos' comments—while extremely cringeworthy—come from a place of naivety.
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Well, Migos were having such a great start to the year...

Just yesterday, we were celebrating the ATL trio's recent Billboard domination, but today, the headlines have shifted considerably following their newly-published interview with Rolling Stone.

During their conversation with writer Jonah Weiner, all three members of the group made overly negative remarks about iLoveMakonnen recently coming out as gay

Here's an excerpt from the article:

All are wildly different MCs, illustrating the "diversity" that Quavo says is one of the things he most loves about Atlanta. And so I'm surprised by Migos' reaction when I mention iLoveMakonnen, the local MC who just came out as gay on Twitter. "Damn, Makonnen!" Quavo bellows after an awkward interlude. I mention support I saw online for Makonnen's decision. "They supported him?" Quavo asks, raising an eyebrow. "That's because the world is fucked up," says Offset. "This world is not right," Takeoff says. "We ain't saying it's nothing wrong with the gays," says Quavo. But he suggests that Makonnen's sexuality undermines his credibility, given the fact that "he first came out talking about trapping and selling Molly, doing all that." He frowns. "That's wack, bro."

Hip-hop and homophobia have long been bed partners, but despite making progress over the years, the climate is still clearly ripe for sweeping change. While most critics will be quick to label Quavo, Offset and Takeoff's comments as stupid, they obviously come from a place of naivety. 

In addition to the fact that Quavo didn't think twice about referring to people like Makonnen as "the gays," his assertion that a gay man cannot make music about popping pills or trapping is patently absurd and overly ignorant. Obviously, someone's sexual orientation has absolutely no bearing on their decision to take or sell drugs and then make records about the experience.

Although we now live in a lukewarm PC culture in 2017, it's very likely that this article, covering Migos' comments in another article, will ironically be labeled as hating.

Instead of accusing us of criticizing the current top-selling rap group in the world for their blatantly unsophisticated remarks, however, I would encourage our readers to reach out to Migos on social media, and let them know that acceptance is the new segregation.

Update: Migos issued a statement on Twitter, stating they love all people, "gay or straight," and that they didn't mean to offend anyone.

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By Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter. Just not today.

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