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Lauryn Hill Under Scrutiny For ‘Neurotic Society’ Lyrics: “Drag Queens and Girl Men”

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Lauryn Hill’s new track, “Neurotic Society,” has gained major buzz within the gay and lesbian communities after the singer refers to “drag queens,” girl men,” and “social transvestism” as being part of a “joke time, metaphorical time.”

Hill’s single takes aim at an ill society, communism, and psychology and anxiety, but it’s the alleged anti-gay undertones that have drawn the most attention.

In a critical column written by BET’s Monica Miller, Hill “might not extend her concerns to gay and lesbian communities,” Miller wrote.

“Whether or not Hill is merely using these comments as examples of the smokescreens and sleight-of-hands that pervade this “Neurotic Society” is unclear. Beyond intention, these sorts of statements suggest that society is in a shambles because it’s been taking too many cues from the LGBTQ community, acting like “girl men,” “drag queens” and “transvestites.” Is her beef with oppressive society or is her issue with people who don’t abide by a traditional family structure,” Monica added.

The day Hill released the single, the 38-year-old posted this statement on her Tumblr account: “In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!”

HipHollywood reached out to GLAAD, but they did not comment.

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