Wale is not getting a pass for me on this bull for one reason, stupidity. I really hope this is a misunderstanding, but since I don’t know and it sounds typical…I’m running it.
DCist – “The Washington Blade reports on a potentially very ugly turn of events for rising homegrown rap star Wale. It seems the musician was originally slated to perform at this year’s DC Black Pride festival, part of the annual Capital Pride events, but has since pulled out, claiming that he “didn’t know Black Pride was a gay-related event when he agreed to appear.””
That was dumb.
Gay pride and gay rights are not new concepts. Everybody has heard about the gay rights movement, unless they haven’t regularly keep up with news for the last decade. Wale seems a little more cultured than that. I’m not buying it. He would have missed a lot of stuff that is in the news that has shown up in his raps to miss all that. The gay marriage debate in the last few years alone has been big news. Nope, no pass.
Did he think it was an Afrocentric celebration? Um, and we all know Wale isn’t the person who books his own gigs. Therefore, his management is dumb too, apparently. To both parties: If you know that you are going to come off looking like the classic homophobic rapper, wouldn’t you just avoid booking the gig in the first place and putting your client in the position. Wale, you need to consider a change of staff on this one, son. Really.
(Just checked out Wale’s Twitter. Lots of talk of rumors and such. So…if you didn’t say it, “my dude” just flat out say that you didn’t. Have your staff address it on your official page and end the rumors. The Washington Post has posted about his wishy washiness on these rumors.)
On another note, gay people have green money too. Beyonce knows that. Kathy Griffin knows that. The Mystics WNBA here in DC know that. Will Smith knew that after 6 Degrees of Separation. This might have been a missed opportunity for Wale to defy the status quo.
(shout out to Dale for pointing this out.)