Is Janelle Monáe Exploiting Her LGBTQ+ Identity For Fame?

With the release of Janelle Monáe’s steamy adult-themed music video, “Lipstick Lover”, her music industry persona is suddenly shifted … and unclear.

Moon Bastet
ZORA
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6 min readMay 16, 2023

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Recording Artist, Janelle Monae, “Lipstick Lover” Video, — Epic, May 11th 2023

Janelle Monae has freed herself of gender roles, gender conformity and male-centeredness, and most phenomenally, she did all of this while bashing no one else’s truth.

If you thought I planned to come to you today to hate on Janelle Monae’s sexy face, perky brown breasts, cute round cocoa-colored booty, or the girl-on-girl action she hit us with in her new softcore porn music video, “Lipstick Lover” — get up and walk out now, because that is not why I’m here.

We know that Janelle Monae is a proud black queer non-binary woman, and I support her in that.

There is no reason that a woman, any woman, shouldn’t be free to enjoy the heights of her sexuality freely, publicly, and without judgment.

Janelle Monae has freed herself of gender roles, gender conformity, and male-centeredness, and most phenomenally, she did all of this while bashing no one else’s truth.

Janelle Monae is simply, Janelle Monae, and this is why I love her.

*Pause*

Janelle’s preferred pronouns do include: she and her, so please do not waste your time correcting me (as many of you attempted to before) if I refer to them as her or she. She is comfortable with her, she, or they — and I intend to respect her wishes.

Recording Artist, Janelle Monae, “Lipstick Lover” Video, — Epic, May 11th 2023

In the past, Janelle touted a very conservative image. Obviously, she made the decision to stray far away from that with the inclusion of her latest visual effort, “Lipstick Lover”.

“Lipstick Lover” is a proud celebration of the black LGBTQIA community’s sexual expression, femininity, lesbianism, love, women, bisexuality…

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Moon Bastet
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