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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mykki Blanco Arrested

Gay rapper +Mykki Blanco has just been arrested in Portugal for being gay. Blanco sent a statement to Noisey, explaining that the arrest occurred after he got into an argument with a taxi stand employee, who he claims was treating him unfairly. When he went to a police officer for help, the police officer allegedly called him a homophobic slur. Mykki told the officer to “go f— himself” and was promptly arrested afterwards.

Gay rapper Mykki Blanco has been gaining widespread appeal across the globe with his buzz worthy albums. But while touring in Portugal this week, the rapper was shown anything but praise and love when he was arrested at the Lisbon airport. More than racism or even homophobia (which was also a factor) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn’t something people always want to see.