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The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards was chock full of questionable moments throughout the night, but (Miley Cyrus aside) A$AP Rocky and Jason Collins may have taken the cake.
The two were paired up to introduce Macklemore’s pro-gay anthem, “Same Love,” and while the setup may have seemed like a good idea in planning — Collins is openly gay and A$AP is vocally tolerant — the Harlemite was visibly uncomfortable next to the towering baller. After Collins said his spiel on discrimination against gays, Rocky first shouted out A$AP Ferg’s album then said, ““The next artist stands up for everything he believes in as far as everybody being equal: color, homosexuality!” (pointing at Collins for extra emphasis on the “homosexuality”). Viewers at home as well as audience members present snickered in their seats.
A$AP recently acknowledged how bad the exchange looked on screen and apologized to Jason for coming off as homophobic.
“I’m mad that my facial expressions was like that because I’m not homophobic at all, and that whole thing just came off real homophobic,” he said. “I didn’t really notice it until I got home and saw it. I apologize to Jason for that, because people was laughing and s–t, and you know… I really don’t think that’s funny. I saw they were making all the memes and pictures and making fun of him. There’s people out there that think I was doing that to be funny, and truthfully I got gay people in my family. I don’t give a f–k if you gay or you not, I just found it odd that MTV wanted to stand me next to this n—a when they are talking about gay people, that’s all. You know what I’m saying?”