Just 61 days removed from his 11-month stint in a federal prison and halfway house, T.I.'s already starting shit.
In an interview with Vibe magazine, the Atlanta-based rapper, actor, and author is quoted as saying that some gays are "not American." He's also defended his statement on TMZ Live by throwing black people under the bus.
In a nutshell, T.I. thinks hypersensitivity among certain members of the African American community has killed their collective sense of humor.
"The funniest joke I ever heard Tracy [Morgan] say during a stand-up was, 'C'mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a dick, you can take a joke,'" T.I. says in the December issue of Vibe. "That shit was funny to me. And it's kind of true."
T.I. says he supports gay rights, but he thinks the LGBT community is consequentially against the First Amendment. ""They're like, 'If you have an opinion against us, we're gonna shut you down.' ... "That's not American. If you're gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you're against it you should have the right to be against it in peace."
Needless to say, T.I.'s statements have stirred up some controversy. To clear the air, the rapper called in to TMZ yesterday and spoke with the website's chief, Harvey Levin.
"I'm not saying that being gay is being un-American, that wasn't what I said," T.I. argues. "The constitution affords us the right to speak out peacefully and respectfully in opposition of any point or topic that comes up. Me personally, I have no position."
When Levin asked if the principal would still apply to African American groups who voice concerns over arguable racial slurs, T.I. basically said everyone should loosen up.
"I think that African American groups sometimes take things just a tad too seriously," he said. "If you just have an opinion on something that happens to be related to the African American culture and it's in opposition, then they have no right to shut you down neither."
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