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Mykki Blanco Calls Out Black Media Outlets For Ignoring ‘Loner’ Music Video

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Mykki Blanco Calls Out Black Media Outlets For Ignoring ‘Loner’ Music Video

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Mykki Blanco already dropped our favorite video of the year, and now he’s doubling down by calling out black media outlets for ignoring it. The “Loner” artist took to Twitter last night and this afternoon to question why publications like Vibe, The Source and XXL, failed to cover last week’s release.

“Why do you let white mainstream media outlets report on underground black artists and not you?” he asked.





Blanco continued to address the media, criticizing their hypocrisy and systematic silencing of queer artists and queer artists of color. The rapper compares LGBTQ erasure to mainstream support of artists like Prince and Andre 3000, as well as personalities like Dennis Rodman, arguing this feigned acceptance to be nothing more than a double standard rife with homophobia.

“Ya’ll praise a legend like Prince so flamboyantly ahead of his time, but no love for black queer artists because unlike Prince we’re truly gay,” he wrote. “Same shit goes for Andre 3000, Dennis Rodman, Young Thug,” he added. “It’s the same exact principle—flamboyant ‘praise,’ actually queer ‘shame.'”





Following his initial comments, Blanco returned to social media to reiterate his original sentiment.

“I 100% stand by the comments I made last night about Black American media continually failing Black Queer artists,” he said. “I don’t think people understand how DEEPLY this issue not only HURTS ME but other Black American Queer artists who deserve exposure.”

The performer has long been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, as well as an instrumental figure in both changing notions of toxic masculinity in hip-hop and abolishing HIV+ stigma. His most recent release, the “Loner” video, is another example of the way Blanco transcends race and gender through his artistic pursuits—something all outlets should comfortably cover.