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Asher Roth’s Publicist Would Like You to Know He’s Not Gay

Rapper Asher Roth, who is mostly known for his hit single "I Love College," may support gay rights and attend Pride marches with Clay Aiken and Lady GaGa, but his publicist wants to make sure you know that he’s not … Read More

By / December 24, 2009

Rapper Asher Roth, who is mostly known for his hit single "I Love College," may support gay rights and attend Pride marches with Clay Aiken and Lady GaGa, but his publicist wants to make sure you know that he’s not gay himself and that he didn’t catch gay from hanging out with queers. Recently, rumors swirled that Roth was going to come out in a splashy exclusive interview with the E! channel. In a statement released by his "people," Roth said:

I hate to disappoint and take away the entertainment of it all but I am straight, not gay. It’s disheartening to know such “news” on someone’s personal life can be portrayed as fact with no viable source. This, to me, is an opportunity to expose our vulnerability to lies and manipulation through unprofessional and irresponsible news outlets, in which people consider TRUTH. Further, someone’s sexual orientation should NEVER be big news, as it delivers a troubling message to children that they can’t be themselves without fear of judgment. Race, creed, and sexual persuasion should not just be tolerated but understood and accepted. It’s extremely disappointing that this topic would be used with the intention of being hurtful. We are near 2010….2010!! Yet race, sex and religion still play a major role in a hate driven society. For the love of the future and humanity….let’s wake up.

He does have a point – which is that someone’s sexual orientation shouldn’t be "news," or, well, a big deal. That said, maybe a celebrity’s writing about speculation about his sexuality shouldn’t be news either. Eh, guess you can’t win ‘em all.