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Kid Cudi Confronts Homophobic Comments on Social Media: “Can’t Even Smile and Be Happy”

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Kid Cudi took to social media this past weekend to address the disturbing trend of homophobic remarks and insults that are frequently lodged against him by internet trolls.

In a Twitter rant last Saturday (July 22), the ‘Man On The Moon’ expressed his frustration at the misinterpretation and maliciousness surrounding his joyful posts, which frequently lead to questions about his sexuality.

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“[You] know what’s crazy, and really makes me question the world we live in, is when I post a picture of me smiling on IG and there’s mad comments questioning my sexuality floodin’ my page [with] insults,” he wrote. 

He empathized with his critics, expressing sadness for them, and highlighted the toxic culture that doesn’t allow men to show happiness without facing scrutiny

“I feel really bad for y’all, man. It’s sad out here. [Men] can’t even smile and be happy no more,” Cudi wrote.

Cudi pointed out the absurdity of the situation, humorously noting how some would twist a simple smile into an indication of his sexuality. He called out the extreme homophobia that prevails, leading people to make unfair assumptions and judgments.

“It’s like, ‘Oh, he’s smiling TOO hard!! He DEF sucks a d**k!’ Its like word?? That’s what we on now?? Homophobic, sad, and will be miserable their whole lives.”

Engaging with fans who supported his stance, Cudi acknowledged that he has faced speculations about his sexuality for years but highlighted that the current level of negativity and f**kery was unprecedented.

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“It’s just sad to see people so lame. It’s sad someone, a man, can’t show joy without there being some conversation about their [sexuality]. People been callin’ me gay for years. It is what it is. It just never reached this level of f**kery until now.”

“When I was a lil boy, my dad was super militant. He never liked us playin around most of the time. He was very strict. Its almost like being silly was a sign of weakness to him. I vowed when I was young to never let anyone, not even my father, dim my light.”

Over the last several years, the Cleveland-born artist’s sexuality has been called into question. Back in 2021, internet users suggested he was gay after he showed up to the 2021 FDA Fashion Awards in New York dressed in a white wedding dress. Months prior, he wore a floral dress to Saturday Night Live. 

Despite the criticisms that accompany is gender subversiveness, the “Day ‘n’ Nite” hitmaker has been a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. He has used his platform to challenge homophobia within the hip-hop industry and has shown support for fellow artists, such as Lil Nas X. 

Do you think hip hop is homophobic? See Cudi’s full rant below.

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