I use to work with a bunch of black people and they gave me shit for listening to Billie Joel (I love his music). So I asked if they like Phil Collins (which I'd say are about the same). They love Phil Colons "in the so tonight" they love the shit out if it. Even Mike Tyson jammed out to it in The Hang Over 2.
jusy recently I started work at a new kitchen and I was listening to "piano man" by Billie Joel and my two black co-workers were calling me gay/fag/queer for likening Billie Joel (which makes no sense). I let them put in rap so they'd shut up and then Phil Colins "in the air tonight" came on and you'd think it was the greatest son ever they sang along like it was kareoke night.
most people of race I ask don listen to Genesis or anything else really but think Phil Colin's is the shit because of that one song. While Billie Joel is gay?
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I like Billie Joel just fine so, your myth is debunked. I will however try to give some insight since I did grow up African American.
Maybe it's because Phil Collins has the more "soulful" voice therefore, it reminds them of soul music which originated from African American culture. Billie Joel and Phil Collins have very different voices.
There's also a lot of homophobia specifically in the black community. For example, if a male rapper is outed as a homosexual it can ruin his career.
As far as stereotypes go, yes there are black people who love Billie Joel but, I hope that can give some insight on their reasoning maybe. It makes more sense just to say "I don't like this" rather than "Ew, that's gay".1
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