28 April 2014 by

Today's Debate: What’s The Deal With All This 'Faux-Lesbianism'?

What’s The Deal With All This 'Faux-Lesbianism'?

Is this attention-seeking tool going too far? [Instagram]

This week, Rihanna’s been filling up our Instagram feeds with endless snaps from her new music collab with Shakira. In a never-seen-before predictable move, the pictures see the underwear-clad stars shacking up in bed for some saucy lady-on-lady action. To put it lightly, we're getting a bit fed up of the overused, unoriginal ‘faux-gay’ scene – and the Internet is kicking off about it too.

Debate: Rihanna, Shakira and Cara Delevingne Do Faux-Lesbianism

Cara and Miley [Twitter]

As we know, Rihanna is far from alone in her attention-seeking antics. Katy Perry kissed a girl (and, by all accounts, thought it was satisfactory). Britney snogged Madonna (and Halle Berry, and Rihanna as it goes), Miley kissed Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora kissed Kate Moss. Celebs do it, models do it. Faux–lesbian posing is the performance art of the music video and it can materialise in a number of ways: See 'awkward ‘sexy’ dance (yes you Miley Cyrus and Madonna), a tongue heavy snog or bit of a (LOL) boob grope. The question is, is it all about playing a part in order to cause a stir?

Instead, 'faux-lesbianism' has become a well-oiled (sorry) device used by music vid directors (usually male, most likely dipping into their own fantasies) to create controversy and, you got it, plenty of hits on YouTube. It can be frustrating to see this kind of posturing when, in reality, real same sex relationships are hardly ever taken seriously or seen in a positive main stream light. 'Acting out' this same-sex intimacy doesn't help the cause it just become another one for the LADS to show off how well they can bump elbows with each other and jeer 'waaaaheeeeyyyyy' at least an octave lower than their usual voice) to create controversy and, you got it, plenty of hits on YouTube. It can be frustrating to see this kind of posturing when, in reality, real same sex relationships are hardly ever taken seriously or seen in a positive main stream light.

So, do you agree? Has faux-lesbiyawwwnism gone a grope too far? Here's what you had to say about the debate on Twitter...

Debate: Rihanna, Shakira and Cara Delevingne Do Faux-Lesbianism

Have your say by tweeting us at @Grazia_Live...

UPDATE:

Iggy Azelea has debunked any myths that she's part of the faux-lesbian elite. Speaking to PrideSource, she revealed that she's categorically straight and would hate for people to 'misconstrue' that she was purposefully beingi a 'fake lesbian' to gain in popularity.

'I’m not gay,' she said, 'I love gay people, but I’m straight. I don’t wanna kiss girls.

'I know I talk about women a lot, and I think women are beautiful, but I didn’t want people to misconstrue that and think that I was being a fake lesbian,’ Iggy continue. 'It’s almost like gay nowadays is so trendy that people want to be gay.'

Iggy, we salute you.

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