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Life in a Shanty Town

September 27 · Issue #132 · View online
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So much of my childhood has been ruined that I’d be lying if I said I was bothered by the news that Malik Yoba from “New York Undercover” is “trans-attracted,” and that he may or may not have made sweet, passionate love to an underage transgender hoo-er, but I’m definitely disappointed.
But not because I disapprove of Yoba being “trans-attracted,” mind you. I would never want to violate anyone’s terms of service by suggesting that being attracted to transgender women is not a normal, acceptable thing to do and a courageous, admirable act in and of itself—and not just because I don’t want to get kicked off of social media. That’s how I actually feel.
In fact, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that “trans-attracted” men are better men than I am, in much the same way that I feel morally inferior to reasonably handsome, employed men who, nevertheless, are married to fat women.
(For anyone who actually did the math, yeah, I was already a teenager when “New York Undercover” began. But I was a very immature person, as I’m sure you can imagine.)
A few weeks ago, seemingly apropos of nothing, Malik Yoba went on Instagram and announced that he empathized with an ostensibly straight kid who took the easy way out after being teased for dating a transgender woman, which is all fine and dandy, and that he himself is attracted to transgender women, which, hold on a sec!
The way he said it made it seem as if he wasn’t really into transgender women, but he was going to hold his nose and cop a blowski—from the same hoo-er who put Mister Cee on blast—anyway, just to drive home the point that it’s not cool to make fun of people for their sexual preferences, mmkay?
But apparently it’s a fairly well-known thing that homie is “sus.” Rumors had been circulating since as far back as the 1990s. I had no idea. But come to think of it, he was on “Empire,” created by Lee Daniels, along with Jussie Smollett, a/k/a Juicy Smool-yay.
Shortly thereafter, or maybe even before the Instagram video—how should I know?—a transgender woman went on Facebook and alleged that she serviced Malik Yoba, in her capacity as a hoo-er, when she was 14 and again when she was 16, upwards of 20 years ago. Presumably, she’s not doing well (I mean obviously), and Yoba is at least partly to blame. I didn’t actually read the post, for fear of what it might do to the algorithms on my phone. I wouldn’t want to get served the wrong kind of contextual ad.
Yoba responded with a cringeworthy freestyle rap, as one does. “Yo yo yo, I love being with transgender women, but only when they’re of age,” or something to that effect. I think it’s been deleted from his Instagram, but you might want to track that down, for lulz purposes. He also appeared on “The Breakfast Club” alongside two transgender women. I wasn’t about to go anywhere near that, but only because I didn’t think it would be amusing. But I do appreciate the fact that DJ Vlad has been asking all of his guests what they think about this situation.
You’d think that the Alphabet People would appreciate the fact that Malik Yoba has expressed a sexual interest in one of their own, and that he’s trying to convince people that there isn’t anything wrong with what they do (which there isn’t!), but no. Apparently, there’s some concern that he’s seeking too much personal credit for being “trans-attracted,” and that his interest in transgender women is only sexual in nature (and not, what, literary?), in addition to the fact that they’ve chosen to believe the girl on Facebook.
All of these concerns were raised in a great interview conducted by, wouldn’t you know, The Root? Okay, so it wasn’t a great interview in the sense that the interviewer, himself a teh ghey guy, didn’t employ nonsensical SJW-speak, or that he didn’t sometimes come off as inarticulate, or that he hadn’t obviously lied to the interviewee. But otherwise it was excellent. It culminated in Yoba storming off the set, cursing up a storm and putting on a front like he was about to break his foot off in someone’s ass. He even complained that this was his life, dammit, in the exact same way that Arruh did in his interview with Gayle King.
If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s that you should think twice about espousing conspicuously progressive views solely for the purpose of impressing people. Certainly, you wouldn’t want to actually do anything gay just to prove a point. But I’d refrain from commenting on teh ghey matters altogether, unless I absolutely had to. Like, if you were up for a job and someone went through your Twitter.
Take it easy on yourself,

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