Jojo Siwa recently said she dislikes the label “lesbian,” which sparked criticism from the general population. The 19-year-old performer responded to fan criticism on Friday by using TikTok to explain her stance.
I never stated that the word “lesbian” was a dirty word, she continued, speaking into the camera while wearing a tie-dye sweatshirt over her head.
“I’ve been going through my comments and I just want to make something super clear: I never said that lesbian was a dirty word and I never, ever would say it was a dirty word because it is not,” she said in a July 29 TikTok. “It is not a bad word. It is not a slur and it is 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,’ I just—whenever someone talks to me about my sexuality, I just say that I’m gay,” she said. “It’s not the word that flows off the tongue for me if that makes sense.”
“Lesbian Is Like Moist”
In the interview with the publication the former Dance Moms star said, ‘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.’
She compared it to the word ‘moist,’ which some people don’t like because of the way it sounds phonetically.
‘It’s like the word moist. It’s just like… ugh!’ she added, much to the dismay of some of her followers.
Misunderstanding the media sensation, some interpreted her comments to mean that the word has a negative connotation.
I’m sorry that people are attempting to cancel you for not like the sound of a word, one person said in her defence on the internet.
JoJo used it as an illustration, remarking, “That’s exactly it! I do not hate the term “lesbian.”
Siwa also received criticism last week for identifying Candace Cameron Bure as the “rudest celebrity” she has ever encountered.
In a video shared by Page Six, the entrepreneur explained, ‘I had a rough experience when I was little.
‘I was eleven, and I was a big, big fan, and I wanted to take a picture with her, and it wasn’t a good time for her.’
She continued, ‘And I was okay with that, but then I turned around, and when I looked back, she was taking pictures with other kids. And that’s what made me really, really upset.’
The devout Christian Bure claimed that Siwa’s story “broke her heart” and that she had apologised for “breaking your eleven-year-old heart” to her. “Knowing that I caused you to feel that way hurts my heart as a mother.”