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  • Avatar for rgzep26
    I'm amazed at the comments defending this lyric on the grounds that "he never actually says anything bad about gay people"? Are you kidding? "Giggling and grinning and prancing and shit/Trying their best to see the Misses and miseries and miscellaneous misfits." Wake up. It's a homophobic lyric, he's not "commenting" on anything other than that gay people are objects of fun. Yes t was a long time ago but the work stands, continues to be reissued, and as far as I know, GSH never disowned it. Nor should he have disowned it if it represented his beliefs. That was his choice. Just like it's my choice to never hear it again.
  • Avatar for Brother_Ewok
    Lol at the left wing faggots trying to rationalise this away.
  • Avatar for Pop_Roda
    lol @ faggots
  • Avatar for jaydencaine
    So unfortunate this track was included on the record. Would've been almost perfect. Have to skip it every time.
  • Avatar for HumbleGold
    misunderstood track and honestly, one of his best! [2] so provocative... the content's so in your face... small minds can't see the big picture.
  • Avatar for carlosjzapata
    And Mark Twain was totally racist for using the word, "nigger" in his books. C'mon, you guys.
  • Avatar for ExoM7
    Heron isn't one for depersonalization. This is just ignorant shit.
  • Avatar for Fatbirdsdontfly
    I'm not convinced it's not homophobic, but I don't think it's an anti-gay song. He is intrigued by the scene across the street, it's a description of a scene, being very homophobic while describing it. ...still I don't care, nor do I find this disappointing. You have to view a poem as something on itself, and not associate it directly to it's maker. It's the old debate whether you can blame an artist for the opinion of his characters or the storyteller. You might find the content offensive, it's still a spledidly performed.
  • Avatar for ckypissdrunk
    misunderstood track and honestly, one of his best!
  • Avatar for EelsofWood
    at the end, he says that if there hadn't been a sign declaring what the party was, he might have gone in, and "god only knows just what would've happened." that suggests to me that heron was making a comment about labels, and the stigma surrounding gay people at the time prevented him from making friends and having a good time just because it was a "faggot ball." as someone else on here noted, he never actually says anything bad about gay people.

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The Subject Was Faggots
and the quote was \"ain't nothin' happenin' but faggots and dope\"
Faggots and dope, faggots and faggots and faggots who line dot dot dot dot
Like that, 34th street and 8th avenue

Gil Scott-Heron - The Subject Was Faggots Lyrics

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