A$AP Rocky caused controversy with his apparently homophobic expressions and posturing at the MTV VMAs, but says nothing could be further from the truth.
Rocky looked uncomfortable as he and Jason Collins introduced Macklemore at the event. Collins spoke about being gay and expressing hope for acceptance.
A$AP then awkwardly promoted his new album once the NBA player, who recently made history by coming out as gay, had finished speaking.
In a new interview, however, Rocky says he regrets that night.
“I’m mad that my facial expressions was like that because I’m not homophobic at all, and that whole thing just came off real homophobic,” the rapper said.
“I didn’t really notice it until I got home and saw it."
"I apologize to Jason for that, because people was laughing and sh-t, and I really don’t think that’s funny. I saw the memes and pictures and making fun of him."
Rocky also offered up the "I know gay people" defense:
"Truthfully I got gay people in my family."
"I don’t give a f--k if you gay or you not, I just found it odd that MTV wanted to stand me next to this n---a when they are talking about gay people, that’s all."
"You know what I’m saying?”
Homophobia has been a near constant presence in hip-hop for decades, a fact noted in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" lyrics (above).
Sadly, A$AP Rocky didn't do much to change that at the MTV VMAs, and it's not likely that his attempt at an apology will either, even if he's sincere.