Homophobic trolls have tried to attack South African rapping sensation AKA by calling him gay in response to a series of pictures posted on social media.
The images, shared on Twitter over the weekend by a spoof account, show a shirtless man – said by some to be AKA – engaging with and hugging another shirtless man in a bar or a club. There were also claims that the first man appears to only be wearing his underwear.
The original poster, who captioned the pics “coming out vibes” also suggested that AKA might have been paid by the other man for sex.
The post and images of the two men interacting set off a wave of speculation about the star’s sexuality. This was inevitably accompanied by a host of homophobic comments, including suggestions that his being ‘gay’ would be a shameful or terrible thing.
“AKA is gay so are his fans,” tweeted one commentator. Another said: “Trying to paint AKA as gay, so as to degrade him is actually pathetic… Homophobes never rest.”
The 30-year-old star, also known as Supa Mega, has laughed off the images. He also made it clear in his response that he doesn’t think that being called gay is an issue in the first place.
“I’m not bothered by being called ‘gay’… What I am bothered by is that you guys think Im so lit I would take my pants off in a club after a show,” he tweeted alongside a series of laughing faces.
AKA followed that up by posting a photo of the late ionic Nigerian Afrobeat musician and activist, Fela Kuti, in his underwear.
We think AKA handled the whole thing with class. It goes without saying that we agree that being called gay – regardless of your sexuality – is no insult at all.