Perez Hilton just released the scheduled performers for his second annual “One Night…In Los Angeles”. Top 40 artists Far East Movement and JoJo are scheduled to show up, as well as Gavin Degraw, The Veronicas, and a DJ set by Pete Wentz. It’s a great event in which all revenue earned from tickets sold benefits the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and would be worth checking out just for that philanthropic approach alone.
In an interesting twist in events, rapper Busta Rhymes has also been scheduled to appear at the event and while 2020k holds the hip-hop veteran at a very high position when it comes to the top talent in the genre, there’s something obscure about inviting an artist who has irrationally spoken out about against the GLBT community several times and, to our knowledge, has never publicly apologized for his statements.
In 2006, during the release of his record The Big Bang, Busta Rhymes proclaimed “I hate fucking faggots” after a fan approached him to congratulate him on his comeback and in the same year, contributed to the documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a film set to explore issues of violence, sexism, masculinity, and homophobia inside hip-hop, in which he explained “I can’t partake in that conversation.” “With all due respect, I ain’t trying to offend nobody….What I represent culturally doesn’t condone [homosexuality] whatsoever.” and then walked out of an interview when asked if a gay rapper would ever be accepted within the genre.
To our knowledge, the man hasn’t said anything to counteract any of the statements mentioned above and has us scratching our heads as to why he’d agree to perform at this type of event. Maybe he’ll make a statement during his set, or maybe he’ll play it the entire way through without muttering a word about his past actions to the LGBTQ community. Perhaps the money and such were right, perhaps he’s changed his mind about his thoughts toward the community, or maybe it’s just to hit the stage again. Any sort of strategy, premeditated or not, that went into this sort of planning and allowance of this artist to take the stage is beyond us and we like to stay neutral around these parts of the blog, so we won’t speculate.
Either way, we think that Busta Rhymes is an exquisite display of talent, creativity, and performance and all we ask that he treat the crowd and our community, all communities, with respect, and wish him a great performance.
We’d love to hear your thoughts in our comment section below. We’d also love to hear Perez Hilton & GLSEN’s input on the decision made to include Busta on the list of scheduled performers. You can also let us know your thoughts via our Facebook or Twitter.
In lighter thoughts, check out Busta’s video for “What’s It Gonna Be” featuring Janet Jackson. No doubt, one of the coolest videos ever created.