An LA Times story on UFC fighter Quinton Rampage Jackson last week riled up a bunch of internet warriors who called him a homophobe for calling SF, Vancouver and acting “kind of gay.” Even though he didn’t need to because it’s somewhat true, Rampage responded on his blog (via Movieline).
I am a black man from Memphis Tennessee who grew up in the south where I faced discrimination my whole life. I know very well how it feels for someone to judge you for something you have no control over so having gone through that I know how it feels. I took a vow that I didn’t even have to say that I would never discriminate against anybody for anything other that how they treat me or others around them. So not only DO I NOT HATE gay people, I actually accept them for who and what they are. They always seem happy and most of them I met are very kind and nice individuals. Yes, and like most straight guys I joke around with the whole gay thing and I see it as comedy, not saying that’s right or wrong but I don’t do it out of hate. I don’t hate fat girls but I make fun of them too.
When I did that interview I didn’t even know I was being interviewed. I was on the set of shooting the movie the A Team and my friend that worked on the set brought the interviewer to my trailer. As he did so, he made fun of me for a poster that was made of me promoting a UFC event at my homegirls bar in Vancouver. The poster was a picture of me with a rainbow flag on the poster somewhere. This girl has been a friend of mine for 7 years and never used me as a meal ticket and if I would die for one friend it was nothing for me to help a friend promote business. So I offered to help promote her bar not knowing that the poster would make its way back to the set and I would be made fun of for going to a gay bar. But I have to say that I visited her bar several times before this event. Not only did I enjoy myself but I was relieved that the guys at this bar did not hound me once. No one offered to buy me a drink. Not once did anybody try to take pictures with me with their arms all around me or do the what I call the ‘prom date picture’.. taking a picture while holding your lower back.. which is my pet peeve by the way.
Honestly I mean this in the best way, me being a sports figure I attract a lot of male attention wherever I go and MOST straight fans act GAYER than any guys that was at this gay bar that I visited my homegirl at. When I’m in the club guys always offer to buy me drinks, do the prom date picture, stare at me, try to get my attention, tries to dance with me.. even if I’m dancing with a hot chick already. Even though I love ALL MY FANS, this can be overwhelming sometimes, especially when I’m trying to unwind and have fun which in my line of work you don’t get much time to do.
This being said, when I did this interview the interviewer witnessed my friend giving me shit and calling me gay. I was so embarrassed and didn’t want my ego tainted because I’m a big tough fighter. So yes, I got quite defensive and I’m known to be the best shit talker in my business and a fighter in all aspects in life. So I made fun of him back, calling him gay. Only reason why I got a bad report from it was because this guy who was making fun of me and has been my friend on set for about four months (time spent working on the movie) and was gay for real and the reporter being the type of guy he is chose to make THAT his story not knowing that the guy and I were only shit talking like we did everyday. OR DID HE KNOW WE WERE SHIT TALKING OR NOT AND JUST WANTED A HOT SCOOP?
I like how people always say they aren’t homophobic or racist and either point to the fact that they have gay or black or gay and black friends. In this case, Rampage goes a little further and says he’s the furthest thing from a bigot because he’s always hanging out at gay bars. Then he calls some of his fans gayer than the gays at the gay bars. Also, he makes fun of fat chicks too so it’s not like gay jokes are the only jokes he makes. He’s an equal opportunist.
You can learn a lot from the Rampage line of defense. If I’m ever famous and am accused of being homophobic because of my gay jokes, I’ll take a note from Rampage and say I can’t be a homophobe because I stick my penis in dudes all the time. Then I’ll call all my fans gay retards. When a reporter asks, “doesn’t having sex with guys make you gay?,” I’ll yell, “Who are you calling gay, huh, fag?!,” and then I’ll punch him in his stupid, gay face for calling me gay. Because I may be a lot of things, but there’s one thing I’m not and that’s gay. I should really go into PR.