Waka Flocka Flame: ‘I Have Nothing Against Transgender People’

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Is Waka Flocka Flame calling Caitlyn Jenner an ‘evil’?.

Waka Flocka Flame has moved to clarify his earlier comments about Caitlyn Jenner through social media, after being widely criticized for transphobia earlier this week. “They don’t market families and husbands and wives anymore. The Atlanta-based rapper, real name Juaquin Malphurs, addressed the hype surrounding Caitlyn Jenner during an interview with Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” on Friday. “You know what the world is today, man? Women are afraid to be a wife and young males are afraid to be men,” Flame explained to hosts Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy. “It’s like it’s not cool, they’re not marketing that. I simply feel we need to be careful what our children see as ‘sensationalized.'” Waka Flocka Flame’s Breakfast Club remarks were aimed at Keeping Up With the Kardashians, an immensely popular reality TV show that he accused of “marketing young girls, transgenders, they’re marketing evil.” “So now I’m #Homophobic because I don’t agree with #CatlinJenner [sic] Smh,” the rapper tweeted Saturday. “I’m not homophobic, I have nothing against the gay community. Kids is the only people watching TV.” He continued, “I ain’t saying nothing against like Bruce Jenner, you follow me, you are who you are when god made you, not who you became after he did.

I’m still standing on what I said… I’m not a fan of transgenders marketed like a superhero.” Throughout Waka Flocka’s explanation, he hashtagged #WakaForPrez, alluding to his 2016 presidential campaign. He famously pulled out of a concert at the University of Oklahoma — drawing the ire of excited students — after a video was released showcasing members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity engaging in a racist chant.

I apologize for that and every person I offended,” he tweeted. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

The tongue-in-cheek announcement was made on April 20 and came over two years after the ‘Hard in the Paint’ performer tweeted the assertion: “I’m dead ass running for president in 2016”. It took a bunch of old, death-obsessed Hollywood Vampires at the Roxy Theatre Wednesday night to prove that live rock’s traditional epicenter is still as vital as ever. Ditto for surprise guest vocalists Kesha and Perry Farrell, and for Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Zak Starkey (the Who, Oasis), both of whom sat in last night.

There were 11 people onstage, including Farrell’s wife, Etty Lau Farrell, at one point in the Vampires’ hourlong set to celebrate this month’s covers-heavy self-titled debut album. I’m a father now, so I look at life a lot differently.” Waka Flocka also added a dig at the media, saying: “understand a technique by the press called ‘bait and click’. There was actually discernible disappointment that the likes of Vampires collaborators Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and Slash didn’t appear on the two-foot high stage. Yeah, seeing Johnny Depp, in a black vest and eyeliner, push his ax into descending madness for a solo on “Raise the Dead,” was just ho-hum for an industry-heavy audience of leather-skinned folks with expense accounts. But when the Vampires tore into the Who’s “My Generation” the sold-out audience was there, simmering to a pounding bass line that communicated urgency, strength and youth.

Lead vocalist Alice Cooper is the God-voice of rock, with a deep, paternal sound that says, “Oh, yes, you will come along for this ride.” One black glove squeezed a mic, the other chopped at his mates behind him as he orchestrated bridges and breakdowns. The fashion of the affair could suggest a rock & roll wake, and Cooper dedicated a song, “My Dead Drunk Friends,” to all his “brothers who drank until they died.” Indeed, respect for Sunset Strip’s fallen heroes is the morbid theme of the Vampires, a rebirth of Cooper’s Seventies-era drinking clique called, yes, the Hollywood Vampires. Cooper’s original Vampires included John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon, and they stalked the night in an era when you could still proudly party yourself to death. Adding to the scrum Wednesday were Guns N’ Roses’ old rhythm section — Matt Sorum on skins, Duff McKagan on bass — plus Tommy Henriksen on guitar, and Bruce Witkin on keys and guitar. Even founding member Depp, who is getting rave reviews for his portrayal of Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, was a verified rocker before he ever hit the big screen. “This guy could play,” Cooper told Rolling Stone earlier this month.

He asked if the audience could relate to the end game of drugs and alcohol. “Half of us are dead,” he said, “and some of us are still here.” As if to prove it, he brought on Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) for an epic rendition of “Manic Depression.” Morello demonstrated sonic bipolar disorder in a short, twisted solo that had him bending his strings in ways that made his ax sound almost like a theremin. Perry Farrell peacocked around the stage for Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire.” His voice is almost indigenous to Los Angeles rock; he should be the city’s rock laureate. And Starkey, appropriately, destroyed the kit on the Who’s “I’m a Boy.” This wake for the boys of yore sounded more like the resurrection of serious musicianship on the Strip.

Next door, at the Rainbow, manager Dane De Lucchi kept the original Lair and its adjacent, nautically themed bar reserved just in case the Vampires wanted to return to this cradle one more time.

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