''Basically we had an agreement, and we were very clear to the different parties and agents involved that this was an LGBT event. What happened is that when the first blast went out that Wale was going to be at Black Pride he got cold feet, and his agent first said Wale wasn't available because he had to do family stuff. Then we got another e-mail saying he didn't know what kind of event this was when he agreed to it.''
-- Earl Fowlkes, board member of DC Black Pride

If a teh ghey group tried to invite me to perform (nullus) at an event, I probably wouldn't, but it wouldn't be because I'd be afraid of people thinking I was a fudge, just because I performed at a teh ghey event. Some fruits might try to beat me up, for some fag joke I told back in 1998.

It's more or less the same reason I wouldn't speak at an AIPAC conference.

The thing is, teh ghey people would never invite me to perform at one of their events, because they have no interest in what I do. Wale, on the other hand... The fact that he was invited to perform at Washington DC's Legacy Festival and Wellness Expo in the first place might be a sign.

Normally, I wouldn't necessarily think anything of it. Teh ghey people like to listen to rap music, just like the rest of us. Just because a teh ghey guy likes a certain artist doesn't make that artist teh ghey. I'd even go so far as to suggest that I might have a favorite artist in common with a fudge... except that pretty much the only rap album I'm listening to these days is The Unholy Terror by Army of the Pharaohs, and I know for a fact that no teh ghey person has heard it. Because we'd know about it by now. It's the most virulently homophobic album you'll ever hear. Not that that's why I like it. I'm just saying.

But this teh ghey expo kerfuffle is only the latest in what's starting to look like a pattern of suspect behavior by Wale: There was that time he was writing a sex and relationships column for Necole Bitchie - which, if I remember correctly, may have played a role in the end of my imagined relationship with Necole Bitchie. I may have suggested that it was a PR move not unlike that time it was suggested that she got it on with Trey Songz, who's clearly on the DL. That's definitely where my mind just went. Nullus. Then there was the flap having to do with there not being enough dark butts in the video for his song "Pretty Girls." (The Jimmy Valentime version is far superior.) While I give him credit for featuring several girls I wouldn't mind making sweet, passionate love to (you can probably guess which ones), I found his explanation of the casting process to be weird, like he could give a rat's ass how the girls looked. One of them looked like a broke Jennifer Hudson, and obviously she wouldn't have been there, if Wale had taken more of a hands on approach. (My approach would have been very hands on.) Even a recent interview Wale did with Complex magazine, in which he discussed his 50 favorite pairs of shoes, seemed very questionable to me. I only own four pairs of shoes, but that's because I keeps it extra real. They aren't in the best condition, either. 10 pairs of shoes I could understand, for the man that takes a modicum of pride in his appearance. But 50 pairs of shoes? Come on, son.

A few weeks ago, someone sent me a link to an interview Wale did with Ozone magazine, for their annual sex issue, suggesting Wale came off as very suspect. Initially, I didn't pay it any mind. People send me shit like that all the time (nullus), and a lot of the time it's obviously part of the DL hysteria in the black community, in which seemingly every ostensibly straight black man has something to hide. On the one hand, we're all supposedly fruits, but on the other hand, we stay raping women. It's like we can't win for losing! Obviously, a lot of this is just salty black women trying to make us look bad. Except for Wale. There might be some genuine cause for concern, in his case. To read the interview with him in Ozone, it isn't clear that he's ever gotten it on with a woman. He's definitely not taking advantage of the opportunity with which he's been presented. They asked him what's the craziest thing that ever happened to him with a groupie, and he said one time a groupie tried to break him off with some stank, and he talked her into going to Denny's with him instead. Tha fuck? Then they tried to ask him which industry chicks he'd like to bang, but he wouldn't say. Some of the girls he said he was friends with (he'll find out about that the hard way, when he goes broke), but then they mentioned the names of some girls who were just filthy hoo-ers, and he still had no comment.

Let me guess: Someone from the teh ghey group saw that interview, and the rest of that shit, realized he was one of their own, and invited him to perform at their event. He was gonna do it, but then word got out, and he had to cancel, because he didn't want people getting the wrong/right idea. If he would have been thinking, he wouldn't have taken the job in the first place. He could have just claimed he had something else to do that day. Now he's stuck between a rock and a hard place. If he does perform, people are gonna think he's a fudge, because he performed at a teh ghey event. If he doesn't perform, people are gonna think he's a fudge, because he pulled out of performing at a teh ghey event, presumably concerned about his image. Alas, he probably has to take every show he can get, to recoup the cost of recording Attention Deficit. That Lady Gaga guest appearance couldn't have been cheap.