Cruising the web this morning, folks like Gawker writer Rich Juzwiak are still writing about Jay-Z’s announcement that he supports gay marriage. We Parlouristas have long said everyone needs the freedom to get divorced though we really know all of this hoopla is about civil rights, benefits and tax breaks heterosexual couples receive that same-sex couples don’t. President Obama knows this too, which is why I believe he announced his support of gay marriage last week during a chat with ABC reporter Robin Roberts. But Jay outed himself recently on CNN, saying:
It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple … I think [announcing support of gay marriage is] the right thing to do, so whether it costs [Obama] votes or not — again, it’s not about votes. It’s about people. It’s the right thing to do as a human being.
Everyone is applauding Jay and I do too — somewhere I still think these savvy moves are because he plans to run for mayor of New York City at some point and he’s shoring up his voting base — still when I read this line in Gawker‘s piece on Jay and the gays, I died laughing:
All of this is to say that here we have someone who’s repeatedly on the record saying ignorant or unkind things regarding gays, who now has come out in support of their civil rights in the plainest language possible. Granted, it’d probably be exhausting to be so hateful all the time given his wife Beyoncé’s own entourage of gays. And he’s basically married to a drag queen in the first place (I mean that as a supreme compliment), so he was probably due for an evolution if he hasn’t just felt this way all along.
Ha! I’ve been saying this for years, plus Jay isn’t necessarily the same kid from Marcy Projects who’s never been anywhere or met different kinds of people. Sometimes it’s hard to break out of your neighborhood’s mold of thinking and if you don’t experience other cultures and lifestyles, it’s even more difficult. But if you’ve been around the world, hung with President Obama and married a superstar like Beyoncé, who needs a full team of glam-squad gays to keep her diva down, well then, you learn to expand your mind because when your wife’s acting a mess, I bet you Jay can side-eye with Ty, her stylist and feel better.