Pastor Troy doubled down on his homophobic comments — while insisting he isn’t homophobic.
On Friday, the rapper/producer stopped by The Morning Hustle to discuss his ignorant rant about the gay community. Troy shared his thoughts on Instagram after he saw Lil Nas X‘s attend the 2020 Grammys wearing a pink cowboy outfit by Versace. And Troy, needless to say, was triggered.
“They love to push this shit on our kids,” he captioned a photo of Lil Nas X, before recalling a sad incident at an Applebee’s. “The other day @applebees had some punks kissing and laughing eating mozzarella sticks. First thing my 14 yr old son said was, ‘F**** Applebee’s’ and it brought joy to my heart! He sees it … their agenda to take masculinity from men, black men especially.”
The comments ignited outrage on social media, with many calling Troy an anti-gay bigot. However, the ATL entertainer wants the world to know he isn’t homophobic—he just doesn’t understand why homosexuality is so acceptable.
“I’m not homophobic at all,” he said on The Morning Hustle. ” … 20 years I’ve been in this rap game. I’ve done took more pictures with gays, transvestites, all of that, man, because it’s not my concern. What you are, what you do. You like the music? Take a picture, that’s fine. Just ’cause I took a picture with this gay person, don’t mean I gotta go home and tell my son, ‘Hey, man. It’s alright to be gay. I just took this picture with this gay person. It’s cool now.’ It ain’t.”
When asked why he was so bothered by something that doesn’t affect him, Troy said he had to address the issue for not only his owns sons, but for all the “black boys out there, growing up fatherless.”
“Everybody want their son to grow up to be a strong, heterosexual man,” he said, doubling down on the homophobic notion that a “real man”—whatever that means—couldn’t be gay. “I made heterosexual comments, and they turned into a ‘homophobic rant.’ I just said what I had to say. I didn’t know I couldn’t do that. I still got a First Amendment right, too, right?”
As the interview continued, the hosts and call-in listeners challenged Troy on his stance, causing him to become visibly uncomfortable and increasingly defensive. Of course, he ended the conversation with no apologies, and encouraged listeners to “believe in what you believe in, and stand by it.”
You can check out the full interview above.