*Janelle Monae‘s new album, “Electric Lady,” contains lyrics that have some questioning her sexuality. But during a recent interview, Monae squashed the rumors.
On the song “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring Erykah Badeu, she sings, “Am I a freak because I love watching Mary?” and “Hey sister am I good enough for your heaven?” In “Givin Em What They Love,” she refers to a woman following her to a lobby for some “undercover love.”
But Monae was oblivious to the fact that even before those lyrics, some folks were speculating about whether she was a gay or not.
“I actually have never heard that,” Monae told Pride Source Thursday. “This is the first time I’m hearing it. But I will say that a lot of my work always comes from an authoritative stance, so it may not be about me; it may just be about a story, or something that I’ve witnessed, or my imagination. You just never know.”
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being gay or lesbian or straight or black or green or purple, so I’m OK with that,” she added.
The purpose for “Electric Lady” is to bring everyone together regardless of race, color, gender or sexual orientation and create a “purple state” instead of the red versus blue, according to Monae.
“I have songs on ‘The Electric Lady’ – from ‘Sally Ride’ to ‘Electric Lady’ to ‘Q.U.E.E.N.,’ and the list goes on – where I definitely thought of the gay community in terms of a community that is oftentimes discriminated against and marginalized,” she said. “Again, when I speak about the android, it’s the other. And I think, again, you can parallel that to the gay community, to the black community, to women – we have so many things in common, and we sometimes don’t know it when we allow small things to get in the way. So this music is meant to inspire and bring wings to those who are weak and grace to those when they are strong.”
As for now, she is regarded as a gender-bending artist.
“I’m a uniter,” she said. “I won’t allow myself to be a slave to my own interpretation of myself nor the interpretations that people may have of me. I just live my life, and people can feel free to discuss whatever it is that they think and use whatever adjectives they feel. It’s a free country.”
In 2010, when Rolling Stone asked her about her sexuality she said the “lesbian community has tried to claim me” but that she only dates androids.
Hmm, sorry Janelle, but that kind of answer is not going to stop the speculation about your sexual orientation.