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Janelle Monae Discusses Gay Rumors

Submitted by on July 8, 2010 – 9:27 am12 Comments

Well, not really.

“The lesbian community has tried to claim me,” she tells Rolling Stone magazine. “But I only date androids. Nothing like an android—they don’t cheat on you.”

For those wondering why she chooses to dress the way she does, Monáe has a perfectly good explanation. “I call it my ‘uniform,’” she says. “My mother was a janitor and my father collected trash, so I wear a uniform, too.”

She hopes her original look will inspire other women to embrace their individuality. “I’m trying to open doors for girls who look like myself and have been told they can’t sing about this or that.” [Rap-Up]

The gay community has also tried to claim me, but I only date waffle irons and German Shepherds.

For some of you, this may seem like a ridiculous response to the gossip, but Janelle actually supplied that a*s with an intelligent and clever counter-attack. It should not matter what her sexual orientation is, what kind of clothes she wears, or why her hair looks like a fluffy torpedo. She is a talented new artist with a, decidedly, individual approach. That should be commended—not everyone has to wear stilettos, lacefronts, and five dollar foot-long eyelashes.

Besides, addressing gay rumors can often be a set-up. If one denies being gay, he/she might upset or annoy the gay community; if that person admits to being gay, they might upset the Christians, Republicans, and DL rappers. That doesn’t stop most celebrities from tossing the rainbow out a window and washing their hands clean, but it does seem very appropriate to let people think what they want (they are going to anyway) and focus on the music—that should be all that matters.

[photo c/o culturebully]

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