“I Used To Be Homophobic”: Celebrities Who Changed Their Stance On Gay Rights

“I Used To Be Homophobic”: Celebrities Who Changed Their Stance On Gay Rights

Recently, Kevin Hart stated that he was no longer going to include jokes about gays in his act. He made this known despite having a whole bit about the possibility of his son being gay in his 2010 standup, Seriously Funny. But he’s not the only celebrity who has changed their stance on the LGBTQ community and gay rights. These stars say they see things differently these days. Perhaps they genuinely do. Perhaps they’re just saving face. But here they are.

homoph1 Asap rockyA$AP ROCKY
The rapper said past homophobia stemmed from kids who called him “gay” for loving fashion when he was young. “I used to be homophobic, but as I got older, I realized that wasn’t the way to do things. I don’t discriminate against anybody for their sexual preference, for their skin color … that’s immature.”

homoph2 EminemEMINEM
Once upon a time, Eminem’s songs were full of homophobic lyrics. But in 2010, he spoke out in support of gay marriage in classic Eminem fashion, saying that everyone deserves the chance to be “miserable” if they want.

homoph3 50-Cent50 CENT
Curtis Jackson caused quite the controversy back in 2004 when he said the following in a Playboy interview: “I ain’t into faggots. I don’t like gay people around me, because I’m not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I’m not prejudiced. I just don’t go with gay people and kick it — we don’t have that much in common.”
But in 2012, 50 said it was President Obama who helped him have a change of heart: “Obama is for same-sex marriage. If the president is saying that, then who am I to go the other way?”

40/40 Club At Barclays Center Grand OpeningJAY Z
50 Cent isn’t the only rapper President Obama influenced. After years of including homophobic slurs in his lyrics, Jay Z came out in support of gay marriage shortly after the POTUS. He said, “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against Blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”

homoph5 iggy-azaleaIGGY AZALEA
Iggy Azalea once tweeted about “dyke bitches” and “When guys whisper in each others ears, I always think its kinda homo.” But when she was forced to cancel her appearance at Pittsburgh’s LGBT pride event because of backlash over the old tweets, she suddenly changed her tune saying that she fully supports equality. “I am a firm believer in equality. Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have.”

homoph6 tim hardawayTIM HARDAWAY
Back in 2007, basketballer Tim Hardaway had zero problem admitting his homophobia saying, “I hate gay people, so let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. It should not be in the world or in the United States.”
But by 2014, Hardaway did such a 180, that he added his high-profile name to a petition to support marriage equality in the state of Florida. He credits counseling sessions as the primary reason for his change of heart.

homoph7 Isaiah-WashingtonISAIAH WASHINGTON
A lot of people have trouble forgetting the time Isaiah Washington was fired from Grey’s Anatomy for calling his co-star a homophobic slur. But Washington has since confessed that his slur came from his own insecurities, as he was beaten up growing up because people thought he was gay. In 2014, he supported the NOH8 campaign, and these days, tweets things like “Love is love.”

Before he helped the nation turn around, President Obama had to change his own mind about supporting gay marriage after being comfortable with civil unions only. He credits his daughters’ influence for helping him do so.

Paris Hilton's Birthday PartyPARIS HILTON
It was hard to know what to think after Paris Hilton was caught on tape saying, “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. Most of them probably have AIDS.” But shortly after the tape was released by the cab driver who recorded her conversation, she profusely apologized. “I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families.” She continued, “Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know.” I suppose that counts as a turnaround.

homoph10 tracy-morganTRACY MORGAN
When Tracy Morgan made a joke about stabbing his son to death if he even used a “gay voice,” even his fans and famous friends were shocked. But Tracy Morgan said that thanks to some long talks with Russell Simmons and work with GLAAD helping homeless gay teens in New York, he’s no longer singing the same tune: “The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight… I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society.”

homoph11 alec_baldwinALEC BALDWIN
Alec Baldwin was harboring at least a little ill will in his heart when he called a photographer a gay slur in 2013 and a reporter a “queen.” After he lost his MSNBC talk show because of his statements, he quickly apologized. “My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation. My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service. As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize.”


Bush Attends Ceremonial Swearing In Of Veterans Affairs SecretaryDICK CHENEY
Back in 2004, former US Vice President Dick Cheney was strongly against gay marriage. Then his daughter Mary Cheney came out of the closet. Cheney then softened his stance, saying that he was for gay marriage, but it should be up to individual states to make the decision as to whether or not it should be allowed.

homoph13 Kevin-HartKEVIN HART
Kevin Hart had this to say regarding past ill-advised jokes he made about how he would handle things “if my son was gay”: “The funny thing within that joke is, it’s me getting mad at my son because of my own insecurities—I panicked. It has nothing to do with him; it’s about me. That’s the difference between bringing a joke across that’s well thought out and saying something just to ruffle feathers. It’s about my fear. I’m thinking about what I did as a dad—did I do something wrong—and if I did, what was it? Not that I’m not gonna love my son or think about him any differently.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton Signs Copies Of Her Book 'Hard Choices' In New YorkHILLARY CLINTON
In the ’90s, prior to it being ruled unconstitutional, Hillary Clinton fully supported Bill’s decision to sign the Defense of Marriage Act. But knowing that she would put in her bid for president at some point, Hillary publicly announced her support for gay marriage in 2013. And even her husband has said that he regrets signing the act.

Singer Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in LCHRIS BROWN
Chris Brown’s change of opinion on gay rights happened in just one year. A few months after he allegedly said “I’m not into this gay s–t” before an altercation with a man in D.C., Brown tweeted this in defense of marriage equality: “Love is not a crime. Gay or straight. Love who u wanna love. Stop the hate & sign here.”

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  1. Francis
    August 20, 06:06 Reply

    Story. Some of them are just scared of the “gay mafia”. Dem never evolve anything.

    • ambivalentone
      August 20, 09:37 Reply

      Loool. Jay-Z dare not be homophobic. The LGBTI community supports more than 75% of his empire thru Aunt Bey.

      • Jamie
        August 21, 08:51 Reply

        Aww gad!! Can’t stop chuckling….lolzzzz

  2. Masked Man
    August 20, 06:45 Reply

    Tim Hardaway is giving me a hardon.
    Let him be homophobic all he wants, I can manage for breakfast today.

    But why do I think these people changed stance because media backlash? I’m not being cynical, just asking.

  3. Dennis Macaulay
    August 20, 07:35 Reply

    Nonsense and ingredients

    All these people are hustlers who know that being homophobes will thwart their hustle, so they quickly changed stance. See Paris hilton? Atalam ahuhu! Who has not fucked that one in Hollywood ?

    As for Kelvin Hart? Hmmmmm I’d like to cum on his face while he is wearing glasses and orange underwear!

  4. #Chestnut
    August 20, 07:42 Reply

    Hahaha! U gotta get with d program or get chucked! Most of them are just trying to save face. Wait, shebi Azealia Banks(that horrid girl) once said she used to know a guy who sucked A$AP Rocky’s dick on d regular,while they were younger? *sips pure water*

  5. enKayced
    August 20, 07:49 Reply

    50 and Eminem are two of the biggest homophobes in entertainment.
    As far as I’m concerned, this was done for the good ol’ Political correctness!
    The only problem I have with Nigerian homophobes is that they end up being the queerest queers in the lot.
    I hail o!

    • Pink Panther
      August 20, 08:16 Reply

      Heard of anyone of them who once publicly decried homosexuality and then publicly recanted?

  6. kacee
    August 20, 08:20 Reply

    Wtf is wrong with black people and homophobias, the black community still have a long way to go.

  7. Max
    August 20, 08:24 Reply

    Im not buying what some of them are selling.

  8. pete
    August 20, 09:27 Reply

    I dream of a Nigeria where homophobes will publicly recant. Ain’t nobody got time for what you’ve in mind.

  9. Lothario
    August 20, 10:08 Reply

    Lies…. Some of them….. Anyway, who cares?

    As for Tim Hardaway….. Baby come on over!

  10. Uziel
    August 20, 21:20 Reply

    i agree with most people here. I have had Athens with plenty of homophobes and what I have learnt is that These people don’t agree that they are wrong except by some miracle. They don’t suddenly learn that they have been wrong and when they do learn, they aren’t apt to agree with it. Most of these folks just don’t want to get bad rep.

  11. Kester
    August 20, 22:30 Reply

    Abegi people de talk Chris Brown follow talk wetin im be bifor? Chrissimma that cannot sustain a decent heterosexual relationship since the 2000 ‘s he should shut up and continue to be on the down low.

    • Pink Panther
      August 21, 03:20 Reply

      Chimooo! Hahahahahahaa!!! Kester, are u saying what ayam tink u are saying?

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