Lil Scrappy offered his thoughts on the recent “coming out” of R&B crooner Frank Ocean.
The “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star revealed he doesn’t condone Ocean’s lifestyle, but he love’s the New Orleans native’s music.
The music, he said, is what really matters.
“I’m glad Ocean came out as gay, so all the “real women that love to mess with real men, the straight men, we can keep the AIDS situation down.”
Scrappy believes Ocean’s openness on his sexuality would prevent women from being at-risk from the disease.
Gay, he said, is a doorway to AIDs, scientifically.
The Atlanta rapper believes people who live a secret life are “cowards.”
“At the end of the day, a person would rather respect you if you say you would rather be Adam and Steve,” he said.
Scrappy doesn’t have any problems doing a song with Ocean and would “jump on a track” with the singer “like it was yesterday,” he told TMZ.
Lil Scrappy’ statement is not far from the truth, according to statistics.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans represented 14 percent of the population in 2009, but accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections.
The staggering statistics for HIV amongst this demographic are as follows:
• In 2009, black men accounted for 70% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. The estimated rate of new HIV infection for black men was more than six and a half times as high as that of white men, and two and a half times as high as that of Latino men or black women.
• In 2009, black men who have sex with men (MSM)1 represented an estimated 73% of new infections among all black men, and 37% among all MSM. More new HIV infections occurred among young black MSM (aged 13–29) than any other age and racial group of MSM. In addition, new HIV infections among young black MSM increased by 48% from 2006–2009.
• In 2009, black women accounted for 30% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. Most (85%) black women with HIV acquired HIV through heterosexual sex. The estimated rate of new HIV infections for black women was more than 15 times as high as the rate for white women, and more than three times as high as that of Latina women.
Ocean’s bravery and honesty may lead to a much-needed discussion on HIV/ AIDs in the black community. Sadly, there are men who live a hidden lifestyle due to the hyper-masculinated nature of this community.
These men hide their sexuality for fear of rejection. Ocean’s bold step in embracing one’s sexuality may prompt others to follow.
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