Guest Blogger: Brooke Nasypany

Bisexual Celebs: Celebrity Stunt or Actuality?

Bisexuality seems to be all the rage for female celebs right now. Big name celebs including Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohen, Fergie and many more have all claimed to be bisexual or have had experiences with other females.

What I find most interesting about this list of celebs is most of them are or were in relationships with men. This reminds me of what Michele said in class about bisexuality…Bisexual women know they are going to end up with men (or something along those lines). As we can see here Angelina, Megan, and Fergie all ended up marrying men.

Here is a website that has many good quotes from the celebs who claim to be bisexual:

Hello, good bi – top 10 bisexual celebs

The common theme among interviews with all these stars is they all claim to have had experiments and relations with other women but most usually not a steady relationship. This makes me question if it is a celebrity stunt or fad? Are these women actually bisexual or is it all a way to receive publicity?


14 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Brooke Nasypany

  1. Brooke, this is a very interesting issue. In the “Dueling Dualisms” article we read for “He Says, She Says,” Anne Fausto-Sterling said something along the same lines as: Bisexual women know they will end up with a man. By identifying oneself as a member of this marked category, a person can experiment with their sexual identity and expression. However, experimentation is not permanent. There was one episode of Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” in which the millionairess, Tricia, was a divorced mother who suddenly became interested in batting for the other team. Before permitting her to attend a mixer with available women, Patti had the “bi-curious” 38-year-old go to a therapy-like session. Tricia completes the session, goes on a date with a woman, but eventually decides to stick to dating men. In this case, the bisexual/bi-curious label was temporary, but this episode generated an incredible amount of publicity and buzz, which is the main goal.

    I’m sure there are legitimate starlets who are bisexual, but I feel like it’s become a craze to identify oneself as “bisexual” or “bi-curious.” A few years ago, this was the case when a person described himself or herself as “gay.” It quickly became the latest fad. Look at Sex and the City. Having a gay best friend (GBF), like Stanford, was a fashion staple—the perfect accessory for your posh, chic, girly-girl posse.

    It’s also important to identify was constitutes a story as newsworthy. I’m sure celebs, and their PR specialists, know making a statement about being bisexual will generate more headlines than simply saying gay. I think the best example of this is Danielle Staub from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” When she joined the show, she identified herself as a straight, single mother. But as the series gained popularity, Danielle started doing anything to gain more attention. Take for instance her performance with Lori Michaels on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” After the duet, Staub proclaimed she was a “full-fledged member of the gay community.” A few weeks later, she retracted her statement, and said she was bisexual. Here’s my biggest issue with this. Coming out of the closet is a huge deal. It takes courage and support; it’s a life-altering event. But I feel like Danielle is using her sexuality as a platform for publicity, as many other Hollywood stars are. Exploiting this community’s agenda for personal gain (i.e. fame) is despicable.

  2. Kylie B. says:

    After looking at the different celebrities that have made it clear that they have had sexual encounters with the same sex or have declared themselves “bi-sexual”, I have to wonder if this really is just a fad/stunt to gain more publicity. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Lindsey Lohan are a perfect example of this. With Lady Gaga’s extravagant wardrobe and stunts and Lindsey Lohan’s list of arrests and problems, it seems as though they feed off of attention and publicity.

    Underneath this issue of whether or not this is for publicity or if it is a fad, I believe that there is something more important to look at. First of all, does this not describe how different sexuality is discussed and viewed from the times of celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn. Correct me if I am wrong but I do not think that the premier of Breakfast at Tiffany’s was also accompanied by rumors of bi-sexuality. Why? Because in the 1960’s society still believed that women were to only be with men and visa versa. In many parts of the country the idea of woman with woman or man with man is still seen as a taboo but it has obviously come a long way with the improvement of gay rights. But if this really is a stunt or fad, it would almost be a stab in the back to all the hard work and time dedicated by those who truly are gay or bi-sexual. Pretending to be bi-sexual or advertising across hollywood just to have your name more well-known is not what society needs. It is one thing if these celebrities actually are bi-sexual, but if they are not, then they are really doing more harm then good.

  3. I wouldn’t go as far as saying every female celebrity saying she’s bi-sexual is a marketing ploy; that would the discredit the bravery of the truthful women who came out.

    To me, it’s reliant on the issue of gender and how misconstrued some words have gotten. First, it has always been more acceptable to see two women kiss. Go to our bookstore and look at the posters if you need an example. It’s something seen as provocative and daring. A girl kissing another girl doesn’t have the social stigmas attached to it if the sexes were reversed. It’s been used as marketing for years–anyone remember the desperate attempt at ratings on Friends when Rachel had the girl/girl kiss?

    But then there is what I think is the bigger issue–the misunderstanding of the word bi-sexual. I don’t think some of these women are thinking of marketing when they say they’re attracted to women–although it does help boost their hits on Youtube. I think there’s confusion between ‘attraction’ and ‘bi-sexual.’ Perhaps these women have felt an attraction to another girl. That does not mean they are bi-sexual, although they may think it does.

    With the social acceptance of female bi-sexuality, and the blurs of what it means to be bi-sexual, it’s understandable why these women would say so easily they’re bi-sexual. They’ve got nothing to lose; and they feel they’re becoming closer to their fans by opening up. Are they bi-sexual? I don’t know. My issue is simply setting straight what it means to be straight, gay, queer, or bi-sexual. Hell, it’s already LBGTQQ–how many more letters are we going to tack on?

  4. Bre Nasypany says:

    I’m torn between agreeing that celebs who are labeling themselves as bisexuals is degrading to those people who are bisexual, and disagree in saying that celebs are making life a little bit easier for people who are deciding to come out.

    How are we to know whether bisexual celebs are really bisexual or they are just using the label as a publicity stunt? We won’t ever know. But I believe those celebs who are labeling themselves bisexual as a publicity stunt are extremely self-absorbed people who should return to the innocence they possessed before being hurled into the spotlight. The action of self-labeling by celebs to gain media hype is disrespectful and degrading to those people who are contemplating coming out to friends and families. One phone call for a celeb to “come out” might take years of bouncing back and forth for a regular joe who finally musters up the courage to be recognized as bisexual. It’s a life altering event that should be celebrated not questioned about it’s realness.

    On the other hand, gay celebrities who create noise about sexuality but are true in doing so should be applauded. They have put themselves out there to be criticized and have risked their fame for being honest with themselves and with their fans. These celebs are the ones who make things even the slightest bit easier for those people who might be struggling to be honest with themselves about who they are. These people can look at the success stories of gay celebs and have hope that they too will be able to achieve their goals and be happy with who they are.

  5. ar5047 says:

    I guess being bisexual is a way for women to express themselves. Doing so without being controlled by men. By not following the traditional men and women romantic relationship, women who claim to be bisexual show they have complete control over who they are attracted. I don’t believe this is so.

    Entertainers like Nicki Minaj came into fame by coming out as being attracted to both men and women. Although I might seem maniacal, Minaj’s entrance into the “rap game” as a bisexual is a marketing tool. Her music makes her seem like a “man” but sound like a man. The way her music shows she is in control of the man. She uses raps degrading of women into her advantage by becoming the abuser.

    She attracts male listeners who think her music is sexy but also attracts women who either find her attractive or wish they could be like her. Ever since Minaj hit the scene, I have seen more and more females trying to look like her. I am from Harlem and I have witnessed these things. It has gone as far that some women, who I thought were straight, are now experimenting with women. It is interesting how the media can change the mindset of an entire generation.

  6. Morgan Gibeault says:

    Bisexual celebrities shouldn’t be automatically seen as narcissistic people. America is so quick to judge on who is lying or telling the truth, or who is straight and who is homosexual. What do we know? We do not personally know these people or their history. Some celebrities may indeed be coming out to gain more attention from the media, but others could just be searching for something that they feel is missing and then publically get attacked about a private matter.
    I feel as though these people are already at their high point of fame, which makes it unnecessary for them to try to put on a “show” and causes them to just be themselves. I have a lot of respect for these select people to come out, to not only their family and friends, but the whole world. If these people are brave enough to do that then I think they are pretty inspirational. I absolutely agree that there is a strong chance some people come out for the “fame” or the “fad”, but on the extremely opposite side I believe that’s how they are. In the eyes of many it is completely irrational to assume bisexuality is a fad or road to fame. It could just be how they are and what they feel. Pink states, “I would also be just as happy with a new women. I’m not complicated, I sing about love in all its shapes, forms and colors.” I feel as though she, along with other celebrities, should be respected rather than questioned.

  7. Isabella Comstock says:

    I think there is something to be said about the ages of the stars that are coming out as bisexual before settling down with men. They are all in their early-mid twenties. I found an msnbc article “More Women Experimenting with Bisexuality” <> that covers the topic of women in their late teens and twenties who are experimenting more and more with same sex activities. Within a decade there has been a 7.5% increase in women between the ages of 18 and 44 who have reported same sex activities in their own behavior (the percentage rose the highest between the ages of 18-20s). There is no denying that the cultural atmosphere is more open now, so people may feel more comfortable and able to come out and report such activities, but this comfort could also be allowing people to feel comfortable enough to test the waters and see if it suits their identity or not. There is less at risk, now, for women to experiment in this way but I don’t believe this is the same for men, as our culture still favors a woman being with a woman more so than a man being with a man, and the numbers in the article agree.
    Maybe these stars are a product of this “phase” in which young women are experimenting with both men and women to aid them in determining their identity.

  8. Isaias says:

    I believe that the women in the music industry need to have more of an edge to them, a little something to make them different. As a result, women have to do a little more in order to get the attention of the fans. It is every man’s dream to have a 2 women at one time! This is bringing every male closer to his dream therefore, men appreciate the celebrity females coming out and telling the world that they like women because there might be a chance that their current girl would say “since the “celebs” are doing it, I’ll do it too.” Besides, many more females are becoming “bisexual” i guess its the new wave or something…. what do you guys think?

  9. stinger10 says:

    It is difficult to say whether or not most of these celebrities are in fact bisexual. Personally I would take their word for it, except for Nicki Minaj. Nicki Minaj would take any image that she can get if she thinks it would get her more publicity. She dresses and talks like Lil Kim and acts and promotes herself like Lady Gaga. If claiming to be bisexual can get you ahead, I wouldn’t put it past Nicki Minaj. Back to the real question…..
    Is it a stunt? I doubt it. Unfortunately in America today, an artist would probably lose more fans rather than gain support by claiming to be bisexual. Although I’m sure Megan Fox gained another few thousand fans from all the men that fantasize watching lesbian/ bisexual contact between extremely attractive women. The funny thing about most lesbian pornography is that the “lesbians” are not lesbians at all but act the part to fulfill fantasies, and fill their purses. Is this what the celebrities are doing? Nonetheless, their relationship, their career, their life.

    Just to spark up something interesting, why is it that male celebrities that might be bisexual carry such a heavier load compared to the beautiful women with similar claims? Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan get hotter with the possible shifts in their sexuality, but LL Cool J and Channing Tatum become less of public icons with the possibility.

  10. Merrill says:

    First, I guess I just want to say that I think it’s so great that we are even able to have this discussion — that it’s “edgy” for a celebrity to come out as bisexual or display same-sex tendencies. At the same time, however, I think that because there is still that possibility for a heterosexual outcome, it becomes in the eyes of these celebrities a little safer than coming out as gay (if they indeed are). Obviously, the decision to come out comes loaded with differing circumstances from individual to individual — everyone has their reasons and concerns surrounding the event. Personally, I first came out as bi for multiple reasons: I had been with men in the past and thought that if I were gay that would not have happened, and also that I was very self-conscious of how I would be viewed differently because of my attraction to women. It is still more of a rarity for celebrities to come out as gay — Chely Wright was recently the first mainstream country artist to come out of the closet. That’s really saying something. Again, though, I think that the growing acceptance and even encouragement of bisexuality is a great jumping-off point for the rest of the LGBT movement to gain a sense of normalcy in the media and in society.

  11. JoJo says:

    Hm, bisexuality…

    For the longest time, and perhaps a bit to this day, I have thought bisexuality was a pit stop to homosexuality. This observation comes from my personal experiences in school with friends that have slowly but surely “wound up gay.” I say this with all the love in my heart (sitting next to one of them). I have this notion that bisexuality is a sexuality pursued to experiment or to be used as a “stepping stone” to either “coming out” or recognizing that you are not 100% heterosexual.

    I want to make it clear, that although I have made these observations, I am not arguing that bisexuality does not exist. I do however feel that there is a tendency to sway one or the other. Then again, as a heterosexual, I can only say so much. I will admit that I have questioned my sexuality because I have many LGBT friends that have raised my consciousness; however I have come to the conclusion that it looks like men from here on in. But who knows…

    Here’s a questionnaire that I am quite fond of. It really gets you thinking…

    1. What do you think caused your heterosexuality?

    2. When and how did you first decide you were a heterosexual?

    3. Is it possible your heterosexuality is just a phase you may grow out of?

    4. Could it be that your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?

    5. If you’ve never slept with a person of the same sex, how can you be sure you wouldn’t prefer that?

    6. To whom have you disclosed your heterosexual tendencies? How did they react?

    7. Why do heterosexuals feel compelled to seduce others into their lifestyle?

    8. Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality? Can’t you just be what you are and keep it quiet?

    9. Would you want your children to be heterosexual, knowing the problems they’d face?

    10. A disproportionate majority of child molesters are heterosexual men. Do you consider it safe to expose children to heterosexual male teachers, pediatricians, priests, or scoutmasters?

    11. With all the societal support for marriage, the divorce rate is spiraling. Why are there so few stable relationships among heterosexuals?

    12. Why do heterosexuals place so much emphasis on sex?

    13. Considering the menace of overpopulation, how could the human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?

    14. Could you trust a heterosexual therapist to be objective? Don’t you fear s/he might be inclined to influence you in the direction of her/his own leanings?

    15. Heterosexuals are notorious for assigning themselves and one another rigid, stereotyped sex roles. Why must you cling to such unhealthy role-playing?

    16. With the sexually segregated living conditions of military life, isn’t heterosexuality incompatible with military service?

    17. How can you enjoy an emotionally fulfilling experience with a person of the other sex when there are such vast differences between you? How can a man know what pleases a woman sexually or vice-versa?

    18. Shouldn’t you ask your far-out straight cohorts, like skinheads and born-agains, to keep quiet? Wouldn’t that improve your image?

    19. Why are heterosexuals so promiscuous?

    20. Why do you attribute heterosexuality to so many famous lesbian and gay people? Is it to justify your own heterosexuality?

    21. How can you hope to actualize your God-given homosexual potential if you limit yourself to exclusive, compulsive heterosexuality?

    22. There seem to be very few happy heterosexuals. Techniques have been developed that might enable you to change if you really want to. After all, you never deliberately chose to be a heterosexual, did you? Have you considered aversion therapy or Heterosexuals Anonymous?

  12. Courtney Notte says:

    I think for the most part, celebrities’ announcement of sexual experimentation is just a way to shake up sexualisation at a time when the woman deemed ‘sexiest’ usually equates to (one of) the most successful.

    The pattern with these celebrities (who seem to be mostly women) is that they discuss their experimentation in purely sexual terms, but are dismissive of the idea of a ‘relationship’ with another woman. They’re putting the ‘sex’ in bisexuality, but not much else.

    Gimmick is the word that springs to my mind when I hear celebrities come out as bisexual. After all, there’s no such thing as bad publicity and these days (same) sex sells.

  13. Liz Liebman says:

    People have the right to feel and identify themselves as they choose. It’s admirable for someone to come out if they don’t identify as straight. Famous people’s careers primarily hinge on public acceptance, so coming out as bisexual is a risky move. If they do it solely for the publicity, then that’s just wrong, but if that’s truly how they identify themselves, then that’s great. Public figures have the potential for really helping the LGBT community reach more acceptance. Our culture is much more open about sexuality now than it has been in the past, but there are still many people out there who are not so accepting. The lack of acceptance is a part of our culture that I believe is changing, even though it will be a while longer before our norm has changed. (gay marriage, anyone?)

    The fact that someone’s sexuality has the ability to cause a media sensation is worrisome to me because I don’t think that people should be judged based on the labels or ‘identities’ they assign themselves.

    I really dislike labels, which really sucks because our society seems to thrive on them. Maybe I’m just an idealist, but I really wish labels weren’t quite as imperative as our culture has made them. I’m a person. You’re a person. What else is there? Does my gender, race, sexuality, profession, age, or anything else really define me as a person? I don’t think so.

    What does a person’s sexuality actually mean? Does it always have to fit into the neat little categories we’ve established? What happens when it doesn’t? Granted, our society has come a long way over the last few years. As Stephen pointed out, the LGBT community has expanded well beyond just lesbian, gay, and bi. Why does everything need to be so cleanly cut?

  14. Yanli Guo says:

    Being bisexual is no longer a sin in today’s world. Some celebrities are using their sexual identities as ways to promote themselves. People will definitely talk more about them when they’re different from others, such as their sexual life. To me, I won’t dislike people because they’re lesbians or bisexual. I will treat them the same way as others when they earn my trust and being respectful to me. Good entertainers will always shine cause of their dedications and skills, not because of the gender of their sex partners. Leslie Cheung (a very popular artist in Hong Kong from the 80’s) was brave enough to admit that he was homosexual at the peak stage of his life. But, all his fans have accepted him (I am one of the biggest fans of him) and even admired more of his personality after the news. Fans respected him cause of his hard works and supported him cause of his talents. For entertainers, I don’t mind they’re using their sexuality as a tactic to promote themselves. As an audience, I definitely won’t take it too seriously. Whether or not these celebrities (Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan or Christina Aguilera) are telling us the truth or just using it as a popularity path, I just wish every one of them is enjoying their love life. They are already some of the luckiest people in this universe, with all their wealth and fames; I am hoping they can be truthful to themselves when they’re alone. You can lie to others, but please be honest to your own self.

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