President Barack Obama said same sex couples should be able to get married back in May, and has since been followed by a huge wave of support including hip-hop powerhouse Jay-Z. And Elton John is thrilled!
You may remember Jay releasing his powerful statement on equality that made headlines for days! Don't remember? Let me refresh you, because quite frankly it's an amazing quote:
I’ve always thought of it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.
His statement went viral and was seen by the legendary Elton John, who immediately phoned Hova to thank him for this bold and beautiful statement. In a recent interview with MSNBC, Elton was asked about Jay-Z lending his voice for the LGBT community and said:
Jay-Z, who’s probably the most respected African-American artist, came out and said not only is it wrong to not have gay marriage, but any discrimination in life is wrong. It was an incredibly moving statement. I phoned him up in England and said, ‘You have no idea what you’ve just said, how powerful this is.’“The African-American society were a little apprehensive about this all along, and when you get someone who is a role model like Jay-Z to come out and say this… I take my hat off to him and I respect him so much for doing that.
So many young, vulnerable teens will be inspired to see their idols, like Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, advocating for equality. I know for me, I would have loved to see this sooner. But better late than never! Times are a' changin' and it's incredible seeing the boundaries being broken. Most recently, Odd Future's Frank Ocean made a big statement in the hip-hop community and was welcomed with so much support after sharing that his first love was with a man. Now THAT is inspiring.