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How is it that a man can be accused of soliciting a transgender prostitute, resign from his prominent job as a result, and still be praised by The New York Times for breaking barriers over it? When the discussion takes place in the world of hip-hop, where homophobia still flies.
DJ Mister Cee is a well-known figure from New York City's Hot 97, one of the most influential hip-hop stations in the country. On Wednesday, a video came out appearing to show him soliciting a transgender prostitute.
Rather than deny it, Mister Cee abruptly resigned, then returned for an on-air confession the next day.
"I am tired of trying to do something or be something that I'm not. I'm tired. I'm tired," he said on the air.
Mister Cee says he doesn't consider himself gay. But it is true that you don't often hear this kind of frank discussion of sexual identity in hip-hop.
It is not clear if Cee's resignation will stick, he was back hosting his regular time slot Thursday afternoon.