For Derrick Ashong (pictured above), the chance to talk face to face with the former neighborhood watchman was an opportunity he could not pass up.
*T.I. isn’t much known for articulating too much about politics, but in the Dec/Jan 2012 issue of VIBE, the Atlanta based rapper challenged propagandized ideas about the U.S., Osama bin Laden reports, and even said the gay community complains too much.
As the conversation focused on Muammar Gaddafi’s death, T.I. brought up the relationship between Arab countries and the U.S.
“It’s like everybody that the U.S. was besties with, years later they’re the worst person in the world,” he said. “My question is what character traits do they possess now that they didn’t possess when y’all were besties? What made it go astray, and who’s to say they were on the dishonest end of that?”
He further expressed that he doesn’t believe the alleged terrorist, Osama bin Laden was killed.
“Man, I’m a conspiracy theorist by nature. You can’t experience the federal penal system and not be somewhat skeptical.”
He went on to talk about the homosexual community and its supposed sensitivity.
“Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say during a stand-up was, ‘C’mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a d*ck, you can take a joke.’ [Cracks up laughing.] That sh*t was funny to me. And it’s kind of true.’
“They’re like, ‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ … That’s not American. If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace.”
All we can say is hmm. What do you say?
*In reaction to the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, actor Orlando Jones took to Twitter over the weekend to share his thoughts, tweeting: “Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi, if American liberals want respect they better stop listening to Aretha & kill Sarah Palin.”
The tweet didn’t get much notice beyond a few followers who responded, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Though a few conservatives began to blog about it on Monday.
“Can we enjoy his role as Steve the Magazine Salesman in Office Space ever again?” a blogger at Big Hollywood asks.
One of the actor’s Twitter followers tweeted back to Jones: “You are obviously a big fat moron. How about if someone talked about killing your mother or sister. Is that Funny-ha, ha?”
That tweet elicited a few responses from Jones: “Yay! Name calling. I’m a moron that’s working on the big and fat part. Maybe you could buy me food & complete the trifecta.”
And: “Honestly making a joke about killing my mother could be very funny. Depends on the joke.”
Another conversation went back and forth before Jones tweeted: “Actually, I don’t think it’s just a joke is an apropo response. If my tweets are so upsetting to you please do not read them.”
*Rev. Jesse Jackson is weighing in on the Libya debate, telling an audience in Ireland that he has apprehensions about the excessive use of international military force in the country and other parts of the Middle East.
Addressing the Trinity College Historical Society in Dublin on Tuesday (March 22), Jackson said he was very concerned the UN mandate had been “stretched” beyond its original purpose to protect the Libyan people from the humanitarian threat posed by Col Muammar Gaddafi to his people.
“Something had to happen to stop the genocidal march. On the other hand the UN’s resolution was about containment and cessation not about aggression. It was not a resolution to wipe out Gaddafi but a humanitarian mission to save the victims of genocide,” he said.
“It seems that the definition of the mission has been stretched beyond its original intent. Therefore we are getting closer and closer, from oversight, to more action on the ground.”
It was particularly worrying that the multinational coalition had gone from imposing a UN mandated no-fly zone to attacking Col Gaddafi compound in Tripoli. This action meant there was a real risk the situation would worsen, he said.
“To attack the compound where Gaddafi essentially lives, that’s going beyond what that mandate was and that is compounding the crisis and is opening up another war front.”
The international community had moved themselves into a situation whereby if they killed Gaddafi they would be in serious violation of the UN mandate, and if he survived they would face a “more entrenched enemy” who would expand the sense of tension in the areas.
Jackson was in Dublin to receive the College Historical Society’s gold medal for outstanding contribution to public discourse, recognizing his contribution to civil rights discourse and American political discourse. Last night he was also awarded honorary life membership of UCD Law Society.