Seriously, Enough Nick Jonas.
As I ready myself for Brighton Pride, which I will be attending with my "gay family", I am thinking a lot about what it means to be gay to me. From listening to '...Baby One More Time' on a cassette player as a naive little boy, to dragging up as Patsy Stone for the final UK pride celebration this weekend, there's a lot of fun to be had when you're a mo. Perhaps that's why Nick Jonas, James Franco and their appropriative ilk are constantly riding on our coat tails?
I'm getting a little tired of this. Nick Jonas has spoken out several times about his proximity to the gay community. While many speculate that he is in fact gay, he insists he's straight. And yet, he goes around playing notable gay clubs and courting his large gay fanbase; claiming in interviews that he kind-of-technically-has-had-gay-sex-since-he-did-that-gay-scene-once-in-that-shit-TV-show; and speaking at vigils where his voice shouldn't really be the lead chorus.
Now I'm no stranger to the capitalist machine and I know pinkwashing when I see it. Jonas's efforts to add intrigue and edge to his new grown-up sexy pop star persona by constantly flirting with the gay identity are rivalled only by his 'Goat' co-star James Franco. Long has Franco co opted gay culture to fulfil his artistic intentions, putting it down again to do mainstream blockbuster movies and saying ludicrous things like:
'I like to think that I'm gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I'm also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I'm straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay.'
What a cunt.
I don't think there's anything wrong with straight people going to gay bars, attending vigils and marches or being allies. But know your place. It's not at the front, it's at the back. Just like a white person's place is not on the podium at a Black Lives Matter rally. After that, you can support your LGBT friends and earn our favour by not being insensitive jerks who claim they're one of you when they're definitely not.