We didn’t notice it at the time, but A$AP Rocky is mad at his face for smirking during Jason Collins’ introduction of Ryan Lewis and Macklemore’s performance of “Same Love.”
In the clip above, Rocky looks visibly uncomfortable, and chose to promote A$AP Ferg’s ’Trap Lord’ album rather than keep to the topic of discrimination or equality. But talking with The Stashed, Rocky said he was mad “that my facial expressions was like that because I’m not homophobic at all, and that whole thing just came off real homophobic.”
The “Wild for the Night” singer elaborated:
I didn’t really notice it until I got home and saw it. I apologize to Jason for that, because people was laughing and s**t, and you know… I really don’t think that’s funny. I saw they were making all the memes and pictures and making fun of him.
There’s people out there that think I was doing that to be funny, and truthfully I got gay people in my family. I don’t give a fuck if you gay or you not, I just found it odd that MTV wanted to stand me next to this ni**a when they are talking about gay people, that’s all. You know what I’m saying?”
Okay, so you don’t have a problem with gay people—you just don’t want to be put on a stage with them to introduce the biggest act in hip-hop today, is that it?
In his way A$AP Rocky has come to the defense of the LGBT community before—sort of. Back in May, he defended Collins’ and Frank Ocean’s coming out, while bashing guys on the down low:
“I respect men more for coming out. People joke on Frank Ocean a lot but at least he’s not out here fronting. It’s a lot of people, a lot of motherfuckers be out here, they be the closet motherfuckers, you know? I don’t respect them. I respect gay men who identify it and who are out with it. I don’t have a problem with gay people at all. So it’s like, that’s his business. It don’t concern me.
Number one, I barely get to watch basketball like that as it is. Number two, I don’t even know who this n*gga is that you talking about. Dead a**. He probably has ten times more money than me but I don’t know who he is. We got the Frank Ocean of the NBA now who came out and did what he had to do. Shout-outs to him.”
But earlier, Rocky explained how irritated he is by being called a defender of gay people.
“I’m not a gay rights activist,” A$AP clarified in an interview. “I guess because one day an interviewer asked me, ’How do you feel about gay people,’ and I just honestly said, ’I don’t care what they do.’ Everybody just took it [to another level]. It’s not that serious. I’m not no gay rights activist. They humans like everybody else. Why everybody keep talking about that? … I don’t want that to be a thing that everybody keeps asking me. I don’t care what straight people do, I don’t care what gay people do. I don’t care what nobody do. That’s they business. I just care about what I do. You know what I’m saying? … I’m not no gay rights activist. I don’t know what it takes to treat gay people right and what rights they don’t have.
All I know is when you say certain things about gay people, people go crazy, like, act homophobic and that’s how it used to be and that’s how I used to be but I’m not like that anymore. If you’re gay, that’s your business. I really don’t care, at all. It’s like, I’m tired of them asking me about this gay [stuff]. It’s getting on my nerves, quite frankly.”
Okay, A$AP Rocky, we get it: You don’t want anyone thinking you’re gay. Overreact much?