Is @iamrashidajones a member of the LGBT community? And even if she is, what gives her the right to tell people to come out the closet?
From a Spinning Platters interview in which a conversation about Frank Ocean — who recently came out as gay — turned into a comment about John Travolta’s sexual preference:
How’s the Frank Ocean obsession coming along?
Jones: It’s there. It’s real and it’s there. We just missed him the other day in DC while we were there for press. I just love him. He is so great.
McCormack: There needs to be, like, a professional athlete that comes out.
Jones: And a movie star! It’s time.
McCormack: Yeah, like a big one.
Jones: A movie star. Like John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this.
Well, there was a lot of media analysis about Frank Ocean and Anderson Cooper coming out, and how they were basically non-events that no longer merit major announcements on the cover of People magazine.
Jones: Like it’s not a big deal anymore?
Jones: Sure, but let’s be honest: Anderson Cooper is a TV personality. Like Neil Patrick Harris — okay, yes, it’s great that he came out, but (A) these are both men who have lived in the gay community for a long time and I think everyone suspected, and (B) there’s something about these iconic stars, people who are almost godlike. Because with someone like Frank Ocean, yes, it’s fantastic that he did what he did and his letter was so beautiful, and he’s in such close proximity to all these rappers so he’s battling homophobia just by being honest. But big stars need to come out. Ricky Martin was huge. That was big; I was really happy about that.
Her comment brought on some backlash:
So, like a classy lady, she took to twitter to apologize: