President Obama has voiced support for same-sex marriage and it seems that his progressive stance is encouraging more tolerance within the music industry. Rappers like Jay-Z and T.I. have already backed up Obama, and this week Jamaican dancehall star Beenie Man shared his views on the matter.In a brief video clip, the Jamaican artist shared his thoughts on the controversial topic.
“Let me make this clear and straight: I have nothing against no one, I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race and creed," he said. "Regardless of which religious beliefs you believe in, and regardless of which sexual preference you have, including gay and lesbian people. I respect all humans.”
Fans of the dancehall star will know that his earlier music did contain homophobic lyrics, but Beenie addressed that as well. “We are human people this is what we do,” he continued. “Do not fight against me for some song that I sing 20 years ago…Now I know that people live in the world that live their life differently from my life. I still have to respect another human. So please I’m begging you do not [have] me up for what some songs that I wrote…Just love the music and respect the music. And I love and respect each and every one.”
During a visit to "RapFix Live" last week T.I. weighed in on the matter. "Just to speak honestly and being frank, I don't care," Tip said about the non-stop debate on same-sex marriage. "I think that if a matter doesn't affect your daily life, you shouldn't take a hard stand on it. If it's not something that directly affects you, if it doesn't affect you, what difference does it make to you what other people are doing with their lives?"