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].”  Continue reading “Janelle Monae Won’t Say If She’s Gay or Straight Because… Politics”

Nelsan Ellis’ Secret To Playing Lafayette On ‘True Blood’

Nelsan Ellis has played the wildly flamboyant Layfayette on HBO’s True Blood for the past five years (he’s straight in real life).

Creator Alan Ball decided to stray from the Charlaine Harris books the show is based on when he kept Nelsan’s character alive.

Ellis told EW in 2009 that Ball didn’t tell him he wouldn’t be killed off until the 12th episode of season one.

Recently he visited Chelsea Lately and revealed his secret to playing such a realistically gay character…

Chelsea: “How did you decide to play a gay character if you’re a straight guy?”

Nelsan: “I just act like my mama…I’ve been watching her all my life. I’ve been watching her and imitating her. I can just do what she do [snaps fingers].”  Continue reading “Nelsan Ellis’ Secret To Playing Lafayette On ‘True Blood’”