Once upon a time, gay rumors could ruin someone's career — now, who cares?! However, there are some celebs who still get pissed if anyone thinks they are anything but heterosexual. But when someone has such a strong reaction to someone saying their gay, what does it come from? Is their masculinity threatened? Being gay isn't a bad thing, so why have an aggressive reaction? Janet Jackson said in 2008 about her gay rumors, "It never frustrates me; I've never got upset behind it. For what reason? Why get upset because someone said you were gay or called you gay...Then it would be something negative to me and it's not." Well said, Janet!
Check out other celebs who didn't have the best reaction.
Shemar Moore has had gay rumors since his sex symbol status in the '90s. Speaking exclusively with BET.com in 2016, he bluntly told us, "If you think I'm gay, send your girlfriend over to my house for the weekend and see what happens." This weekend, he went even further and posted a video, slamming anyone he thinks he isn't 1000 percent heterosexual.
Sometimes Young Thug refers to Rich Homie Quan as one of his "baes." Young Thug appears to not give a damn if anyone thinks he is gay and claims "bae" is strictly platonic slang. However, Rich clapped back with, "Everyone in Atlanta [knows] me and Young Thug is [sic] not gay. With Thug, it's different, it's just his slang. I don't take nothing of it or nothing. I know I ain't gay. Everybody know I ain't gay." Watch Rich go off in the video above when a gay male fan tried to touch him.
Michael B. Jordan really doesn't want anyone to call him gay. After a troll claimed that he had a sexual relationship with Michael, the actor ranted, "I usually don’t comment creep but, you know, s**t, today I got time. So look, whoever’s angry, bitter, upset for whatever reason, grow the f**k up ‘cause karma’s real. And I usually take the high road. I usually don’t say s**t, I just let it roll ‘cause people are going to be people. Everybody they opinion. That’s what the Internet’s for. They going to say whatever.”
MBJ then posted another video (see above), saying “On second thought, why am I even giving energy to that s**t on this day. Y’all my fans. Y’all don’t need to hear me ranting about some BS. Enjoy your family, enjoy your blessings, enjoy the people you hold close and cherish that.” Sounds like his second response should have been his only response.
Porsha Williams' ex-husband struggled with gay rumors for years and was reportedly accused of having sex in a park. Then, Porsha insinuated Kordell Stewart was gay several times on Real Housewives of Atlanta. In 2016, Kordell used religion to hate on LGBT people and defend his sexuality, "Trust me when I tell you, but the life I started and live with my family...the thing I understood about life, is when God created the heaven and earth, he created Adam and Eve. That's all I know. I don't know anything else." SMH.
In 2014, someone appeared to hack into the R&B star's official Twitter account and "out" him. "I think it's time to finally tell my fans. All games and jokes aside... I'm Gay," the fake tweet read. Trey interpreted the hacked tweet as "hatred," he tweeted the next day, "The things you people craft up with hatred in your hearts. The things people believe without question, or validity, all baffles me." He followed up with, "If I'm gay then Tupac bringing me a ounce for this session wit Biggie tomorrow."
Birdman was not happy with gay rumors, especially when it came directly from rapper Trick Daddy. In May 2016, Birdman told Hot 97, "Come on, man. I’m a straight gangster. That n***a’s been in my hood. He knows what’s happening with me. I guess n***a wanna get on the radio and be funny or something but n***a know what’s happening with me. Google me, man. Call anything in the 504 and ask about me. Google me, man. Watch what comes up: straight G.”
I guess Birdman doesn't realize anyone can be "straight G" — it has nothing to do with your sexuality.
Ne-Yo had gay rumors like many artists, but the rumors really pissed him off, "That s**t ate me alive... [I was] like, 'Where did that come from?,'" he said in 2012. "Who are these people that have gone to such heights to try to make people believe this?" He also added jokingly, "Pay no attention to the fact that I got two kids and a beautiful woman by my side."
This is what you call old school tea! Liberace was the Elton John of his time, a legendary pianist who became a household name in the 1950s. In 1959, Liberace sued tabloid The Daily Mirror for implying he was gay — and won! He was paid a reported $10,000, which was a huge amount for the times. However, Liberace was gay and when he died in 1987 and it was clear he was gay, the publication reportedly demanded their money back. Allegedly, it never happened.
Hopefully, celebs can learn to shake off gay rumors. It's not an insult, just a rumor.
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