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Janelle Monáe Sorta Denies Being Gay, Embraces Robosexuality


Apparently there are rumblings that beloved weirdo and self-processed "alien from outer space" Janelle Monáe bats for the girls. I'd never heard the rumor myself nor had it once ever crossed my mind that she might date women, but apparently somebody's tongue somewhere is wagging about it. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Monáe addressed the rumor in her typically unique fashion:

Monáe's sci-fi weirdness can feel a bit forced; when asked if she still attends church (she was raised Baptist), she only says, "I attend an Android community church in Metropolis." She gives a similar answer when asked about her sexuality (her outré look and penchant for pants over skirts has caused some to wonder if she's gay). "The lesbian community has tried to claim me," she says. "But I only date androids. Nothing like an android--they don't cheat on you."

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Now if you're like me (awesome) you chuckled a bit and thought nothing else of it. If not, one of two things probably crossed your mind: 1. "She is gay! If she wasn't, she'd have just denied it!," or 2. "She's probably not gay but much like her 'uniform' this is just a gimmick devised to make people talk more about her." No matter which way you lean, I say who cares? No, really, who does? Would her music sound better or worse either way? Most of us tire of artists cashing in on little more than overt sexuality--onesies and pasties and camel toes, oh my. So Monáe, who makes music that seems to equally appeal to both men and women, and conjures James Brown as much as she does Janis Joplin, de-emphasizes gender specificity in her wardrobe altogether. Yet the fervor builds. We want our women womanly--as defined by patriarchal society as ultra-girly and sexually attractive to men--or the questions arise. We tire of announcements from obviously homosexual public figures (Ricky Martin) but demand them from those who are varying degrees of less obvious with it (Queen Latifah). We want artists to come out just so we can say "We knew that already!" and question the sincerity and timing of when they choose to do it.

"I don't really believe in menswear or womenswear. I just like what I like."--from InStyle, July 2010

The argument can be made that artists owe us nothing, but we're at least due good music, quality performances and interesting choices that keep us anticipating the next song, collaboration and project. Monáe delivers on this front. This witchhunt mentality, that demands that every celebrity damn near open their vulva and let us in--can we be off that? Because frankly, if a lack of diversity in Monáe's wardrobe is the only thing standing between you digging her or refusing to listen to her music altogether, then you're kind of an asshole anyway.
Besides, androids are rather hot. They keep going and going and going. [H/T: TRU]

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  • Thank you, Huny! She's a friggin' musical phenomenon and the question people choose ask is about her sexuality? You've totally missed the boat if that is your fascination. She's AWESOME. Period. Point blank. The end.

  • blknite

    Here we go with this. Since they can't lkink her to a dude she must be a lez. I really like her responses basically nunya damn biz

  • Lisa Seymour

    LMAO @ huny! Androids are rather hot. Indeed!

  • Nga

    love love love this post!

  • politicallyincorrect

    Only that gremlin Sandra Rose has made remarks about Monae's sexuality. Sandra wants everyone to be gay

  • ROD

    Well... she's truly "made it" now.
    Gay rumors = successful artist ....in showbiz anyway.

  • Joaquino

    I say we drop it now because if we KEEP talking about it she'll go platinum

  • FireMadeFlesh

    Well said, Huny. The focus here should be this woman's undeniable talent. Over the last few years, she's proven to be one of those rare stars that streak across every generation; so familiar yet an entity all her own. Why burden your mind with "Is she or isn't she?" Janelle apparently could care less & we should just feel fortunate to be witnessing the inaugural jig of this future legend. I say just sit back & enjoy the ride.
    Until the later part of the 20th century, no one really cared about a celebrity's sexuality, just so long as when you hit that stage, you do what you do & do it well.
    Janelle has passed that test on many occassions.
    Android, tuxes & all, I'm always interested in seeing what she does next.

  • sickwitit

    tthis is par for the course...again who cares

  • stoneyisland

    Robot sex is the new wave:-)

  • KJ

    This couldn't be better said: "Well said, Huny. The focus here should be this woman's undeniable talent. Over the last few years, she's proven to be one of those rare stars that streak across every generation; so familiar yet an entity all her own. Why burden your mind with "Is she or isn't she?" Janelle apparently could care less & we should just feel fortunate to be witnessing the inaugural jig of this future legend. I say just sit back & enjoy the ride."
    I don't care what she likes, I'm just glad she likes me enough to be sharing her incredible gift of music with the world!

  • As I've stated 2 posts ago, people need not concern themselves with Janelle's sexuality. As long as she puts out good music, that all that matters. The same should hold true for other artists. I don't give a damn who they're sleeping with, can you give me some quality songs to vibe to?

  • rapnerd

    LOL @ huny.
    Mmmm robot sex. get into it people!
    Peace.

  • RandsAmpersands

    I find it interesting that 100% of people who are uncertain about J Monae's sexuality - will likely not have sex with her in their lifetime's or forseeable futures.
    This is the sickness in our society. We are so conditioned to seeing women flaunt and pronounce their sexuality - that when they DON'T do it, we label them as other [prude, stuck-up, gay, etc.] Reprogram yourselves.

  • Bella

    Would it make her music any better or worse if she were gay? Why is it that every time someone starts to really get big in the business, something like "Is she or isn't she" pops up? Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, now Janelle?

  • Bella

    The funny part is that I went from reading this to the above post, watching the video at 1:50.

  • lee

    whether she is or isn't she SHITS on majority of female artists out there. who cares who she's screwing. just keep making albums.



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