Lauryn Hill Finally Responds to Controversy Surrounding Anti-Gay Lyrics
Last week, we reported on the controversy that erupted when singer/rapper Lauryn Hill released a new song, “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix),” that many slammed for containing homophobic lyrics. The verse in question is basically a rundown of reasons why the world has gone to shit. In it, she compares “girl men” “drag queens” and “social transvestism” to “pimps,” “pushers” and “serial criminals.” Sounds like a pretty direct hit to the LGBTQ community, huh? Wel, Hill says we have it all wrong.
Gay Star News reports that the singer says the lyrics aren’t meant to target a specific group, but “everyone in our society who hides behind neurotic behavior.” She continues:
“Neurotic Society” is a song about people not being, or not being able to be, who and what they truly are, due to the current social construct. … Everyone has a right to their own beliefs. Although I do not necessarily agree with what everyone says or does, I do believe in everyone’s right to protest. … The overarching message of my music is to get up and stop compromising! And hopefully it will stimulate and motivate the changes that our society needs.
I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t make it much better for me. I take offense to the fact that she basically says being a girl man or a drag queen is “hiding behind neurotic behavior.” And I’m sorry, but nothing burns me up more than the whole, “you can be who you are, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it” argument. It breaks my heart, too, because Miseducation is one of my favorite albums ever.
Oh, the pain when our favorite divas break our hearts![email protected].