One day after the mass shooting in Orlando, Diplo, the DJ who once said he was going to start a Kickstarter to buy Taylor Swift an ass, posted a note on Instagram about how the Orlando club scene is special to him because it’s where he became himself:
I grew up in the clubs in Orlando . It’s where I went when I first left my parents house after high school.. I got fascinated w music and learned quickly . It was easily the most sophisticated club scene in America for a long time. Places like icon and Firestone and cyberZone.. As a kid in rural road Florida I would drive an hour home late night after going to see a dj or a band. The worst thing that could happen is the cops might shut down a rave. Some of us only had these places to go to get away from our shitty jobs waiting tables at restaurants or Disney or mowing lawns or parking cars. It could be any of our children enjoying themselves feeling safe in a moment like this with their life taken by a random violent act. These are the places where I work everyday and it’s sad and confusing that the one place where you can be yourself and leave everything outside for a moment can be taken from us. I grew up in a beautiful place in Florida and I wouldn’t be the person I am if it wasn’t for the diversity I experienced as a kid. I pray that this is he last time I have to read a story like the one about pulse night club
The same day he put up that note, Diplo told rapper Angel Haze in a tweet that he’s “only half gay“:
@AngelHaze I’m only half gay and I don’t play guitar let’s hang
— dip (@diplo) June 14, 2016
I’m all for calling yourself whatever you want to call yourself, but the fuck is half gay? Diplo didn’t explain and he’s got my brain searching for an explanation. Is that his way of saying he’s bi-sexual? Or is it his way of saying that he’s a straight/gay centaur and only one half of him is gay? If so, which half is gay? The bottom or top? I don’t know, but I do know that every time I type or read the term “half-gay,” I immediately start singing, “half-gaaaaay,” to the tune of Cher’s Half-Breed. And that makes me proudly full-gay!
Here’s the openly half-gay DJ at the iHeartRadio Music Awards last April: