Dancing With the Stars runner-up JoJo Siwa is facing some backlash from fans over a comment she made about the word “lesbian.”
In an interview with Yahoo Life, Siwa explained why she dislikes the word lesbian, despite identifying with it.
“I don’t like the word itself,” she said at the time. “It’s just like that, lesbian, it’s just like many things. But at the end of the day, that’s me.”
Siwa compared her view of the word to how some people see the word “moist.”
Fans were left disappointed by Siwa following her comments.
“JoJo Siwa gets really upset when she tells the millions of underage girls who look up to her that she’s disgusted by the word ‘lesbian.'” reads a tweet.
Another person wrote“I really know what Jojo Siwa is up to because I’m not afraid to say I identify as lesbian, and also lesbian really is just a pretty word.”
Many named Siwa because of her predominantly young, female audience.
“The whole Jojo Siwa situation with the word lesbian really triggered me.” another tweet reads. “She has a huge a** audience and what she says has a huge impact on her viewers. now everyone has the right to do what they want, if joj doesn’t want to call themselves a lesbian, that’s okay, idc…”
They added: “But she disrespected a whole group of people and called what we call ‘disgusting’: ‘Lesbian is like the word most’. what does it even mean? and why would you ever say that? I’m tired of seeing this shit.”
Others would have wished that Siwa had been more precise in their language.
“If you feel like queer or gay is a better description of you than lesbian, then I don’t see a problem as long as you don’t go after the word lesbian like Jojo Siwa or those idiots in their Tiktok comments.” a tweet read about the situation.
another person wrote, “Hey, just a quick reminder for Jojo Siwa and all the other young queer people out there. Lesbian isn’t a dirty word. It’s an identity shared by millions of women.”
“I understand Jojo Siwa doesn’t like the word lesbian because it’s scary to tell people I’m a lesbian, but she doesn’t have to call it a gross word.” another person wrote.
Siwa took to TikTok to address the backlash from people who said she said “lesbian” was a dirty word.
“It’s not a bad word, it’s not an insult, and it’s especially not a word I’m ashamed to say or ashamed to identify in any way,” Siwa said in her TikTok video. “I don’t hate the word lesbian, I just say I’m gay when someone talks to me about my sexuality. It’s not the word that rolls off my tongue, if that makes sense.”
Season 31 of Dancing With the Stars premieres on Disney+ on Monday, September 19, 2022. Derek Hough, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will all return, along with Tyra Banks and new co-host Alfonso Ribeiro.
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