Does This Think Piece Make Me Look Gay?


“In the very act of trying to ‘purify’ an utterance of any gayness, after all, the no homo tag must contaminate it first–it’s both a denial and a flashing neon arrow. This isn’t to suggest that saying no homo is a radical act, but there’s an appealing sense in which the phrase refuses to function as tidily as some of its boosters might like. This is especially striking in those cases when rappers add no homo to statements of sexual pleasure we’d otherwise have no reason to think of as gay. ‘No homo, I go hard,’ Chamillionaire rapped on a recent mix tape, implying that an erection is inherently homosexual.” [Slate!]

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