What is homophobia? Wikipedia claims that it is a range of negative feelings towards people who are identified or perceived as gay, lesbian, or transgender. It can be expressed as antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, or hatred, may be based on irrational fear, and is sometimes related to religious beliefs. The other theory or aspect to homophobia is the fear of oneself being homosexual without one’s knowing it. We all are aware of the nature versus nurture argument of whether it is by choice that gays are gay or whether they are born that way. Personally I believe that not only is homosexuality a choice but it is an act of rebellion. Several studies have shown that gays often have drug problems or come from a shattered home and unhealthy family life. In a sense it is a cry for help, a way to beg for attention not only from those of the opposite sex but the same sex also. Allowing gays to marry and be protected as couples by law is an issue that not only this country faces currently faces but the issue is also happening on a global scale. Where we as a country choose to draw the line is going to determine the future for our entire planet. Though homophobia is a real issue in adolescence all across the United States, especially with several forms of media supporting gay pride. Though some artists choose to approach the issue from another perspective. Eminem sheds a different form of light on the issue in his song Criminal, where he says, “My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge, that’ll stab you in the head, whether your a fag or a lez, or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest, pants or dress, hate fags? the answer’s “yes” Homophobic, nah you’re just heterophobic.” Claiming to hate “fags,” while at the same time calling the listener heterophobic, Eminem shows a different way of examining the situation by saying that gays maybe scared of heterosexuals, or just scared of being heterosexual. Thus the form of rebellion from the normal heterosexuals that we are so accustomed to. A long time fan of Eminem is an up and coming rapper who goes by the stage name, Tyler, The Creator, he is the leader of the rap group Odd Future. A member of the Odd Future group is singer Frank Ocean who is openly gay, this does not change how the group treats him nor does it effect his role in the group. Although Tyler often gets criticized for saying the word Faggot in his songs. One of his albums titled Goblin he has a song also called Goblin. The entire album is recorded in a way where Tyler is in a therapy sessions with his psychologist Dr. TC. In one part of the song Goblin, Tyler says, “The nigga thats in the mirror rapping its made for him, but they do not have the mindset thats same as him, I’m not weird, you’re just a faggot, shame on him.” In which Dr. TC replies with, “It is, but Tyler, you’re going to have to cut it down on that faggot word, Thats very, thats a bad word, “Im not homophobic,” I mean I don’t think you are but, “FAGGOT.”” This feeling of wanting to be accepting of people who are struggling with curiousities of possible homosexuality is pounded into kids heads now a days. People will make their own choices and choose who or what they want to be, and we as a nation and as a society are told not to judge them for these choices. Having said that, if someone chooses to be gay it does not make somebody homophobic if they call the gay person a faggot, it is a label that the homosexual chose to be called and chooses to take offense to. Similar to how African Americans choose to keep racism alive by taking offense to white people saying the word nigger or nigga, while they call each other “nigga” until the cows come home. If gays try to claim that there is nothing wrong with being faggot, then there is nothing wrong with people being homophobic. Now a days, acceptance is encouraged while prejudices are frowned upon. Personally my religion lets me judge people if I so choose, it also allows me to accept or reject people if i so choose. I have no problem with people choosing to be gay, just be straight with me, what you choose to do in the comforts of his or her own home is their own business. Just make sure that it stays at home, much like how people are told to not let their work come home with them. So the questions I will leave you to wonder about is, Where do you draw the line? Where will we draw the line? And Where should we draw the line?