Homophobic rapper Trick Trick is in Texas this week, and the folks at Equality Texas aren’t amused. Trick Trick, who’s also performing in Houston and Austin, will open for Ice Cube at the Prophet Bar in Dallas on Saturday night, Dec. 13. Equality Texas says if you want to see Ice Cube, just skip the opening act. After all, Trick Trick “don’t want your faggot money any goddamn way.” Better yet though, go see Trick Trick and “bust him in his forehead.” Read more of TrickTrick’s enlightening lyrics in Equality Texas’ press release after the jump. By the way, Prophet Bar representatives reportedly didn’t return a message from the group.
Homophobic HipHopper Trick Trick Touring Texas
December 11, 2008 – Homophobic HipHop artist Trick Trick is on a multi-city tour of Texas this week, with stops in Houston, Dallas and Austin.
In an interview with AllHipHop.com, Trick Trick stated:
“I’ma go on the record right now with this. Homosexuals are probably not gonna like this album. I don’t want your faggot money any g**d*** way. I don’t like it [homosexuality]. Carry that sh*t somewhere else. It’s just that every time that you turn on the TV, that sissy sh*t is on…and they act like its f**king okay. The world is changing for the worst (sic) when sh*t like that happens. And I address that issue. I address it hard as hell.”
Free speech is free speech. Trick Trick has a right to make his own personal views about gay people heard.
But, where is the line between free speech and inciting acts of violence?
Trick Trick’s lyrics target gay people:
“He goes both ways. Either way he’s gay. Ain’t no other way to say, he’s a f**king faggot so I’m lettin’ off my AK. Bust ’em in his forehead. He ain’t worth lettin’ live. A man and man shouldn’t raise another man’s kids!”
Do these lyrics cross the legal line?
Could these lyrics incite someone to commit a violent act?
Free speech facilitates the exchange of ideas.
The threat of violence halts any free exchange of ideas.
These lyrics seek to justify violence against gay people.
These lyrics are exactly the type of threats and intimidation that incite violence against people based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
These lyrics are beyond reprehensible.
Trick Trick is the opening act for the popular Ice Cube. For its part, the Austin venue, The Mohawk, has issued the following statement on its website:
“Although we are monster fans of Ice Cube and his records over the years, we personally do not support the views of his opening act, Trick Trick, when it comes to gay rights and more simply put, human rights. Openers generally come with the package on big events like this, and to be honest, we didnt even check this guy out until last week. He is clearly an idiot.
“At the Mohawk, as it always has been, and will always be a policy of ALL ARE WELCOME. This includes geeks, politicians, homosexuals, heterosexuals, teachers, students, hipsters, punks, freaks, squares, bankers, lawyers, artists, metal heads, moms, dads, sons and daughters…and yes…sometimes even a**holes like Trick Trick. I don’t think he will feel too welcome at this event though, and I hope he doesn’t. His personal statements are counter to the culture that has developed at the Mohawk, so my guess is he will be there for the electricity on stage, get heckled, and leave.
“With that said, as a live music venue we don’t believe in censorship…but as individuals, we feel like Trick Trick crosses a very important line and it’s not OK with us. As for me, I will be showing up when the headliner begins and not before.”
When contacted via phone, a representative of the Houston concert venue, The Meridian, claimed no knowledge of Trick Trick’s lyrics. A message left at the Dallas concert venue, The Prophet Bar, was not returned.
If you are going to see Ice Cube, skip the opening act. Don’t give Trick Trick the satisfaction of spreading his vile speech. And, if you would like to support our work to educate the public about hate crimes in Texas, and to make the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act more effective in prosecuting hate crimes, please consider a tax-deductible gift to Equality Texas Foundation.