California lawmakers considering lessening the penalty for those who knowingly expose their sexual partners to HIV is a case of “population control,” according to Compton rapper Lil Eazy-E.
A new bill would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony if someone has unprotected sex without disclosing their HIV-positive status to their partner.
“If you ask me, I think it’s population control,” Lil Eazy-E said. “For you just to be out here laying around with people unprotected and not letting them know that you are unsafe to have sex. You could have like a vendetta … You gotta have some consequences to stuff like that.”
Lil Eazy-E went on to stress that knowingly exposing someone to HIV without telling them should “most definitely” be considered a felony, and there should be “consequences for that.”
He later explained that his father, who died from complications of AIDS in 1995, came from “a different era” and likely didn’t have a full understanding of HIV and AIDS.
“My father’s situation is a whole lot different to this situation,” he said. “That was in a different era. Where [you] probably didn’t even have a full understanding of how serious this virus was. So, that’s a different topic. Nowadays, to save these kids and to save these individuals, you gotta let ’em know … That’s a whole different ball game with my daddy. Nowadays, it’s just crazy.”