FAB Asks- Being Gay and Black: Emasculation or Embracing Your Identity?- by Daphne Tona Weyalo

Last month comedian Tracy Morgan during made several insulting jokes to the LGBT community. Some of his jokes were:

“Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming.”

“I don’t “f*cking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a f*cking dick up their ass… they can take a f*cking joke.”

So FAB asks are his jokes and the fact that people found them funny a reflection of homophobia in the black community or do they reflect the fear of emasculation?


Since his performance the comedian has expressed his apologies to the LGBT community. But why did he make those jokes in the first place. In the black community there is explicit emphasis on men being masculine and in a position of authority. Gay men in the media are mostly portrayed as feminine and almost weak.

Don Lemon a reporter for CNN recently came out, here’s what he said, ”It’s quite different for an African-American male. It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine.”

Don Lemon a CNN who recently came out


So what do you think is being gay and black a sign of weakness? Does the black community make gay men feel like they are less of a man? Are they less of a man for being gay?

Leave your comments!




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3 Responses to FAB Asks- Being Gay and Black: Emasculation or Embracing Your Identity?- by Daphne Tona Weyalo

  1. Percival D says:

    well, of course you will get a lot of Nigerians quoting scripture, saying that being gay is evil, gays burn in hell etc etc. As a student in America, you do se the latent homophobia that subtly persists among the back community.i wouldn’t say that the black community in particular emasculates gay men,i would say its the homophobes in general, which unfortunately has a lot of black members. Do i think being black and gay is a sign of weakness? Of Course not! those guys are extremely brave. embracing who they are despite all the judgement and animosity that is continually thrown their way. they display much bravado and contempt for social norms just by being themselves,and in that alone, they are more masculine and brave than the heterosexuals i know.

  2. Miss O says:

    great response above.. here here!!

  3. gbg 4 wealth chewable vitamin business says:

    LOL Fantastic Awesome Tract Morgan is one great and extremely funny perservere comedian. He will continue me in appears for hours and give us a good time whenever great job

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