We’re STILL Trying To Figure Out Lauryn Hill’s Defense Of Homophobic Lyrics

Lauryn Hill’s response to accusations of her new song’s homophobia makes very little sense.

1. Lauryn Hill recently released a new song called “Neurotic Society,” and it’s been accused of being homophobic.

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2. Here are some of the lyrics:

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We’re living in a joke time, metaphorical coke time/
Commerce and girl men/
Run the whole world men
…Quick scam and drag queens/
Real life’s been blasphemed

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Serial criminals dressed in variety/
Social transvestism/
Subliminal dressed up as piety

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7. Lauryn Hill responded to critiques that the song was homophobic with a statement on her Tumblr.

It was super confusing.

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Neurotic Society is a song about people not being, or not being able to be, who and what they truly are, due to the current social construct. I am not targeting any particular group of people, but rather targeting everyone in our society who hides behind neurotic behavior, rather than deal with it.

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The world we live in now is, in many ways, an abhorrent distortion, an accumulation of generations and generations of response to negative stimuli.

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Everyone has a right to their own beliefs. Although I do not necessarily agree with what everyone says or does, I do believe in everyone’s right to protest.

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13. So…what are you saying here, Lauryn?

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Lauryn Hill released the song short after announcing that she was recording a new album. But before that, she was sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes.

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15. You can read her entire Tumblr post here.

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16. And listen to the full song here:

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