Mark Ronson Just Responded To Backlash After He Said He Identifies As "Sapiosexual"

    "I do not consider myself part of any marginalised community and I apologise if anybody misunderstood or took offence to it."

    In case you missed it, musician Mark Ronson was the subject of some drama last week after "coming out" as "sapiosexual" during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

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    People who identify as "sapiosexual" are attracted to another person's intelligence over their gender.

    It's safe to say the announcement faced some backlash, with people arguing the term delegitimises the prejudice faced by members of the LGBTQ community.

    Lemme make this clear. Sapiosexual is not part of the LGBTQ community. Sapiosexual is an ableist faux sexuality that only douchebags think is real. https://t.co/ViWzdUnnWl

    Being “sapiosexual” is just having a type. It’s not an equality issue. Nobody ever beat you up in school for fancying women that have read Shakespeare.

    Proud to announce that I’m coming out as incredibly annoyed. https://t.co/jwrck0Xvyx

    But Ronson has now clarified his comments in an interview with Rolling Stone, apologising for any misunderstanding his words may have caused.

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    He explained that GMB had done a segment on "sapiosexuality" before his interview, and when he was asked by the hosts if he identified with it, he simply said yes.

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    "I didn't know there was a word for it," he said on the show. "But I feel like I identify as sapiosexual."

    "I do not consider myself part of any marginalised community," he told Rolling Stone, "and I apologise if anybody misunderstood or took offence to it."

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    He went on to say that he felt his comments were taken out of context by outlets that reported on him "coming out".

    It sounds like I went on a TV show to be like, "Guys, I have some big news!" And the fact that I would go on and sort of declare myself — like as a heterosexual white male — part of any marginalised community was terrifying to me, or just embarrassing.

    "I thought everybody would watch the interview and realise it's not what I meant," Ronson said. "But that's not really what happens on Twitter any more."

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    You can watch the Rolling Stone clip in full here.

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