BET Hip Hop Executive Buttah Man Discusses His Decision To Come Out As Gay
(AllHipHop News) Even with Odd Future member Frank Ocean announcing his first love was another man and prevalent artists like Jay Z publicly supporting gay marriage, the topic of homosexuality is often a taboo one in Hip Hop circles. So when anyone associated with the culture comes out, it is still a landmark moment.
The most recent Hip Hopper to reveal his sexuality is Darren “Buttah Man” Brin. Buttah Man played a role in launching MTV Jams and worked as the music director at BET. He also performs as a stand-up comedian.
Buttah stopped by Sway In The Morning to discuss his decision to publicly disclose he was gay. He talked about how President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriages impacted him.
"Even in my comedy it's interesting cause I talk about being on the radio, but when I go into the part about being gay, the first response is either blank applause or blank stares. There's that uncomfortable silence," said Buttah. "I'm not a stereotypical gay dude. I call myself an 'Obama Gay.' That means I did not come out the closet until Barack Obama said that s**t was cool."
Taking on comedy was another reason Buttah Man chose to come out. He felt the need to "live in his truth" through his stand-up, and he feels the process was therapeutic for him.
"You always think if I pray hard enough, if I meet the right woman, it's gonna go away," added Buttah. "Once I realized what my deal was, I didn't want to be one of those dudes that's the guy who marries the chick, has the family, and messes with dudes on the side. Because that happens."
Watch Buttah Man's interview below.