- In a Yahoo! Life video, JoJo Siwa said she doesn’t like the word “lesbian”.
- “I don’t like the word itself,” she said.
- After receiving backlash, Siwa said it wasn’t a bad word, but she didn’t use it often.
JoJo Siwa began to receive backlash after telling Yahoo! Life on July 21 that she doesn’t like the word “lesbian.”
“I don’t like the word itself,” the singer said in her video interview. “It’s like lesbians, it’s like a lot.”
On Friday, the former ‘Dance Moms’ star took to TikTok to clarify that she doesn’t think that’s a dirty word, it’s just not one she uses often.
“I never said lesbian was a dirty word and I would never say it’s a dirty word because it’s not,” she said. “It’s not a swear word, it’s not an insult, and it’s especially not a word that I’m ashamed to say or ashamed to identify as by any means.”
A representative for Siwa did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Some critics took to Twitter after Siwa’s comments were published
In Yahoo! interview, Siwa went on to compare lesbian to the word “wet”, visibly grimacing while talking about it.
Some people who saw the video tweeted replies in support of the word.
—Rio (@riomat7) July 25, 2022
—BB / Ozymandias ⚢ | HE/FAE | (@butchryouma) July 25, 2022
Others on Twitter said that a lesbian who identifies as Siwa (she said in the Yahoo! video that “in the end, that’s who I am”) expressing unease around the word is common and often the product of internalized homophobia.
—ؘ (@prcybcth) July 30, 2022
—Ana R (@BadCodeShoot) July 25, 2022
—brax (@MlLFOLOGY) July 25, 2022
Even still, some have found it inexcusable given Siwa’s large following and status as a young gay icon.
You can see the full video below.
Siwa publicly addressed her sexuality for the first time in January 2021
Public speculation about Siwa’s sexuality began in January 2021 when she shared a Twitter picture of herself wearing a shirt that read “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.” She later confirmed that she was part of the LGBTQ community that month in an Instagram Live video.
“I always believed that my person was just going to be my person,” she said in the video. “If that person was a boy, great! And if that person was a girl, great! I think I’m just really happy. I think in life, you know when you meet your person, I really know that.”
In June, Siwa attended her first Pride parade which included a surprise appearance from her girlfriend, Kylie Prew.