“I’m not trying to hurt anybody. I’m not trying to embarrass or hurt a soul. I’m trying to bring us to together and deal with serious that affect our lives as Black gay men. What’s so wrong with that? Can’t we all just get along?” These are the words from controversial online gay personality Walter Lee Hampton in my recent interview with him for The G-List Society.
Hampton has been toward the top of my list of Black gay personalities whom I wanted to interview for The G-List Society. In case you are unaware on who Hampton is, his social media platform, in particular on Facebook and YouTube, has been a hotbed for his controversial commentaries when talking about the social behaviors among Black gay men. While there are hundreds or thousands who clamor for his downfall, there are thousands of followers who seem to hang out to his every word regardless of subject matter and word choice.
Hampton’s controversial platform has been argued tremendously beyond his word choices. At times, he shared the personal stories of others who have once, according to Hampton, disclosed their information (e.g. HIV+ status, depression, etc.) on his public forum and met with instant criticism and backlash for seemingly airing out people’s business. Yet, those who he has allegedly called out never sued Hampton or had successfully seen the demise of his social media platform.
Those scorned by Hampton’s social media platform rejoiced yesterday as Hampton posted photos of his severely scarred face on his Facebook page. He is much braver than me because I would never… The rumor mill spun immediately after the pictures surfaced. The biggest rumor suggested, according to a text message that spread around Facebook, that Walter was approached by a fem gay who was called out by Walter on Facebook and once Hampton dismissed the confrontation, the fem’s drag queen friends attacked Walter and sliced up his face and arm in revenge over making light of the death of their drag mother on his social media platform. Though the story sounded believable, I had to get to the bottom of this story and invite Walter to a phone interview to discuss the details of his accident as well his love/hate relationship within the Black gay community.
“None of that is true. It is all false,” responded Hampton about the drag queen confrontation rumor. “I did not have an incident with anyone in the lesbian and gay community.” He added, “If it did happen, I would have the police find these mothaf*ckas and lock their asses up.”
The plot thickens. Continue reading and also hear the audio interview as to what really took place the night he was hospitalized and left with a scarred arm and face. He also addresses why his platform seems like a controversial hotbed for Black gay men and his Facebook feuds below.
Nonetheless, I wish a speedy recovery for Walter Hampton. Furthermore, it is no laughing matter when someone is approached with violence. Even if one dislikes Hampton, how does one build the energy to celebrate his tragic misfortune is beyond me.
Regardless our our displeasure with anyone, know that karma returns the energy we put out toward others. If Walter Hampton is a personality whose voice you prefer muted, act like it by not dignifying his mention with a response.