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Kanye Turns "That's So Gay" On Its Head

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By GLAAD |
February 18, 2009

The phrase "that's so gay" is often used as a vicious insult, but rapper Kanye West is determined to turn it into a compliment, according to a recent interview with Details magazine.

"Take the word gay — like, in hip-hop, that's a negative thing, right? But in the past two, three years, all the gay people I've encountered have been, like, really, really, extremely dope. Y'know, I haven't, like, gone to a gay bar, nor do I ever plan to. But where I would talk to a gay person — the conversation would be mostly around, like, art or design — it'd be really dope. From a design standpoint, kids'll say, 'Dude, those pants are gay.' But if it's, like, good, good, good fashion-level, design-level stuff, where it's on a higher level than the average commercial design stuff, it's, like, gay people that do that. I think that should be said as a compliment. Like, 'Dude, that's so good it's almost. . . gay.'"

To read the article in its entirety, please click here. As a special bonus, you can watch a video snippet of his interview below.

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