Jose Batista

Janet Jackson and Tupak Shakur helped this comedian realize something about himself.
March 12, 2014
For comedian Jose Batista, it was Janet Jackson’s 1993 turn as a  soulful poet that helped him realize he was gay.
“I was abour nine years old when I first saw Poetic Justice, starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. One may argue that at nine, you can’t relate to a movie like that, but I wasn’t your typical nine-year-old and Poetic Justice wasn’t just another movie. I was hooked from the moment I saw Janet in all her glory grace my TV screen with her long braids, dark clothes and oversized hat as the voiceover played, ‘Alone, all alone. Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone. There are some millionaires with money they can’t use. Their wives run round like banshees. Their children sing the blues.’ I just knew: I wanted to be that. Then I watched a little more and saw Tupac come on with his bald head-nose-ring-gangsta-realness and I knew: I wanted to hit that! I just knew. It was deep. See, it’s always been about love for me, and Janet along with Tupac in those roles solidified that.”
Drunk On Love: A One-Man Variety Show at El Morocco Nightclub, 3534 Broadway (btwn 144th/145th Sts) Mar 23 at 7:30pm; $16. Visit for more info.