Janelle Monae Won’t Say If She’s Gay or Straight Because… Politics

I know the title made you think she was running for president, but college-radio favorite Janelle Monae says she doesn’t want to let anyone know her sexuality because she doesn’t want any specific gender or group to stop liking her. And she means it not in the “I hate you, I want to light you on fire and swing you from a noose” type of way, but in the “ohhhh baby I love your way,” way.

“I want everybody to focus on my music,” Monae told a Sirius radio host that isn’t Howard Stern and therefore doesn’t deserve to be named. “I also don’t want to let anybody down. I want women to still be attracted to me. Go get my album! I want men to still be attracted to me, so I have to be political in this. So I can’t really tell y’all!”

Interesting reasoning, but almost no straight person ever answers “are you gay?” with, “I refuse to answer because ______  <—- [insert random made-up reason here].” 

This seems like a good time to mention that Wentworth Miller (the hotter one, from Prison Break) just admitted that he tried to kill himself at age 15 because of his sexual orientation and also this NY Times piece on Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee’s run-ins with transgendered prostitutes….

Implicitly, Mister Cee was addressing how he thought these two parts of himself — his sexual identity and his hip-hop celebrity as a radio and club D.J. — couldn’t coexist.

Some of his concerns were practical: “Am I still going to get bookings? Is the promoter still going to book me if I say, ‘Yeah, occasionally I have fellatio with a transsexual?’ ”

That question underscored not only the genre’s history of intolerance, but also the fundamental conundrum of hip-hop D.J.’s — they are omnipresent but largely anonymous.

I’m saying, step it up Janelle. People are suffering then confessing and feeling a tiny bit better while making others feel mo’ better and you’re beating around the bush.

Read: Lady Gaga dishes on sexual preferences: Lesbians are ‘more daring’ than straight men

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