Boy George Dragged By Black Twitter Over Buttigieg Tweet

Pop music icon Boy George had a notable run-in with that wig-snatching enigma known as “Black Twitter” last week after he tweeted how “sad it was that old black people in South Carolina were too homophobic” to ever accept Mayor Pete Bootigieg for President. 

The Culture Club crooner Tweeted out his misguided assessment after a New York Times article insinuated the reason Mayor Peter has a sub-zero relationship with black people in South Carolina is that black people are staunchly anti-gay. 


Well, of course, anyone who has been paying attention knows the real reason Pete Buttigieg is doing so poorly among African Americans is because of his past negligence in addressing the concerns of the minority citizens of South Bend. Many black people there have expressed frustration and concerns with the Mayor, from his inadequate response to matters of police brutality to a devastating urban planning misstep in which Buttigieg is accused of demolishing houses and declaring them abandoned. However, people in the community say otherwise, many providing valid proof of the homes’ ownership and details of their plans to renovate the houses to uplift their own community.


As I always argue, African Americans are not monolithic. Yes, just as in any ethnic group, you will find homophobic ignorance and rejection; that is not a “black thing,” it is a people thing. Boy George found out the hard way that we as African Americans do not like being scapegoated and especially not by anyone looking to propose a false narrative to cover up the truth of someone else’s shortcomings.  

George Tweeted, “Sad to hear that older black voters in South Carolina have issue with @PeteButtigieg living with his husband. People don’t choose their race or their sexuality. God is constantly trying to teach us compassion, and we won’t listen!

Ok, first, yes, some old southern black folks are homophobes, but Buttigieg knows good and well, this is less about his love of men and far more about what has been perceived as his lack of love for the African American community. 

2nd, let me just say as a gay, black man, I can identify and appreciate the similarities between the struggles for black people and gay people. However, for George to conflate the two is also misguided. Sexuality is not visble, whereas race and ethnicity are. A gay person can walk into a room and choose not to disclose his or her homosexuality. Black people don’t have that ability when entering a room. Our skin color is visible involuntarily and remains on constant display – “gay” does not.

White people love Mayor Peter, especially the white gays, that’s fine. However, he still lags behind Sanders and Warren with black voters; in the single digits. He claims to now understand, though, that he needs to earn the black voters’ confidence to get their vote. That assessment alone means he knows his sexuality isn’t really the main issue. The real problem is that he had not put the work in for nearly a decade, but now suddenly needs that very group he ignored to help him secure the presidential nomination.

Personally, I am suspicious of a man who has forged no community ties with black citizens throughout most of his time as Mayor, but then suddenly pulls a plan out of nowhere for the blacks called “The Douglas Plan.” Named after civil rights hero, Frederick Douglas, this “plan” just seems embarrassingly contrived and disingenuous, in my opinion. Where was this ‘Douglas Plan’ when the black citizens of South Bend demanded more from their Mayor, and he was damn near absent? Now he’s invoking the sacred name of Freddy D?

Back to Boy George, though. He, like many people, need to do some research first before just spouting off on social media with half-assed facts. He endured quite a robust rebuttal to his now-infamous Tweet. Many were looking to really go for his jugular, citing his white privilege for having the audacity to even be condescending in telling older southern black citizens how or for whom they should vote in the first place.

My favorite response to George, though, was a kinder and brilliant one by an African American woman who reminded him of just how much black radio and black fan support Culture Club received and maintained throughout their career. She clarified that black people bought a lot of his music for decades, went to his concerts, and didn’t care how he presented – which was damn near in full drag and as an openly bisexual man. So how does that fit the “blacks don’t like gays” narrative?

Again, I say yes, there are homophobic black people, both young and old, just like there are homophobic white people. If that is a voting deterrent for them, there is nothing anyone can do to change it. However, what can be done is to earn black people’s trust and prove that you are an ally who understands their plight. Pandering in the 11th hour with a plan named for Frederick Douglas, after nearly 10 years of nothing, might just mean Mayor Pete needs to accept the inevitable: Black people have been paying attention … and maybe they’re just not into you.

3 thoughts on “Boy George Dragged By Black Twitter Over Buttigieg Tweet”

  1. Sadly, it is unwise and an ill-thought move to comment on political matters like this without doing some background ‘homework’ first. Whatever Boy George’s intentions were, the facts are that he is a white ‘privileged’ man, whose privilege comes from his fame which places him at risk of accusations of patronising a constituency he doesn’t engage with or understand. And, as another African-American woman kindly pointed out, many black people bought Culture Clubs music and supported him in the 1980’s and 1990’s etc. Boy George should learn from this, delete the tweet and move on.

    • A) There is no such thing as universal white privilege. It’s a woke invention created to justify hatred towards whites. Boy George comes from a very humble background. He never felt anything like privilege, and he was constantly bullied for being gay, even after he became famous. He earned his fame and fortune the hard way, as any black musician world, facing far more discrimination than a black musician.
      B) Black people having supported Boy George’s career has nothing to do with the argument here, and it was whites who made him famous, not blacks — I’m old enough to remember when he rose to fame. Blacks had almost zero to do with it. But they’ll make that argument here, and come away fanning themselves with righteousness, when all they’ve done is spin yet another self-serving lie in the name of their racist hatred.
      C) Christian Blacks in the South are homophobic and it is the reason they don’t support Mayor Pete, even if they try to explain it away by inflating his missteps in South Bend, which he has apologized for over and over, but all he gets from blacks in cancellation, no forgiveness, just fat mamas with carpets woven into their braids waddling out of meetings while he’s speaking. So hateful. So deliberate.
      D) What is is about “learning” and the woke? It’s so condescending. Never school a gay man about discrimination, especially one of a certain age who broke down barriers you can’t even conceive of.
      Woke is a culture of hate, towards only one race and one sex. Blacks only care about one group, and it’s not you if you’re not black, even if you’re gay.
      Woke is whack. Period. If you cancel anything, cancel that. But it doesn’t matter if you do — woke is tired and is going to sleep for good, soon.

  2. FUCK BOY GEORGE. I personally witnessed him, and his bandmates mocking a disabled woman, and reducing her to tears. Her crying made them all laugh harder. He is a monster, who let fame go to his head and he deserves to lose every fan. Had I not been working, I’d have decked his punk ass.


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