JoJo Siwa backtracks: lesbian doesn’t flow off the tongue


JoJo Siwa

JoJo Siwa copped a lot of flack in the last couple of days after dissing the word lesbian. The singer, dancer, and former child star said she just didn’t like the sound of the word and compared it to ‘moist’.

Yesterday, she backtracked and clarified that she doesn’t hate the word. It simply doesn’t ‘flow off the tongue.’

The drama began last week following an interview with Yahoo! Life.

JoJo Siwa told the platform she felt honoured people thought of her as Gen Z’s ‘gay icon’. She also talked about carrying on the legacy of queer pioneers who came before her.

However, she also pushed back against being called a lesbian.

“I don’t like the word itself. It’s just like a lot. But I mean, at the end of the day, that’s what I am.

“It’s like the word moist. It’s just like… ugh!”

But after a backlash from fans, JoJo recorded a TikTok video explaining her comment.

“I never would say that it’s a dirty word because it is not. It’s not a bad word, it’s not a slur, it’s especially not a word that I am ashamed of saying or ashamed of identifying as by any means.

“I don’t hate the word lesbian, whenever someone talks to me about my sexuality I just say that I’m gay,” Siwa continued. “It’s not a word that flows off the tongue for me, if that makes sense?”

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The singer is, of course, only 19 and seems to have turned out okay after growing up in the spotlight.

And we all have the right to identify by the umbrella term we choose. But it’s also important to respect other people’s choices. As commenters reminded JoJo Siwa, she has many impressionable young fans.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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