Tank says giving another man oral sex doesn’t make you gay, sparks debate

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R&B singer Tank sparked a massive debate online after making the clarification that two men engaging in oral sex has nothing to do with identifying as gay.

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This week R&B singer Tank sparked a massive debate online after he made the assertion that one man giving another man oral sex doesn’t necessarily make either of those men gay.

Monday, the R&B crooner sat down with The Breakfast Club co-host, Angela Yee’s on her Lip Service podcast to promote his latest studio offering, Elevation.

In a segment of the show, Yee got the ball rolling by explaining to co-hosts Stephanie Santiago, GiGi Maguire, and Lore’l, how she and some girlfriends recently had a discussion about the long list of excuses men come up with when they know they are dead wrong.

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When Lore’L chimed in with a story about how a former flame was a terrible liar, Tank chimed in, “He’s not a liar. He just lied twice,” to which Yee inquired, “wouldn’t that be enough to make you a liar?”

“So, let’s say a guy sucked a d**k one time,” Yee countered, to which Tank exclaimed, “Jesus Christ” as he almost choked on his drink.

“Let’s say twice,” Yee continued, before rhetorically asking if that would make a man gay.

Much to the ladies’ surprise, the 43-year-old artist responded that oral sex with another man doesn’t necessarily make a man gay. Although he conceded that “twice is excessive,” he asked the ladies to hear him out first before dismissing his argument.


“He sucked a d**k once, right? Then, he’s like I’m not sure if I liked it or not. Let me try it again, and then he says, ‘You know what? It’s not for me. Don’t like the taste.’ See what I’m saying?” he elaborated.

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“It doesn’t mean he’s gay,” he concluded. “It means he sucked d**k twice. The art of being gay is being gay. It’s a continuous state of being.”

“So, if you lie 10 times, then you’re not a liar?” Yee pushed back, meandering her way back to the original topic.

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“Well, 10 times…you a damn near pro,” Tank admitted good-naturedly.

This exchange quickly caused debate online, with many gay men and members of the LGBTQ+ community applauding the singer for having such a nuanced understanding of how sex alone isn’t all it takes to be a part of that community.

Check out the interview for yourself below. The segment takes place within the first five minutes. Do you think Tank has a point?