It's Official: She Gay

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Teen queen JoJo Siwa has an announcement: She’s gay, lads.

On Friday, Siwa posted a selfie of herself on social media wearing a t-shirt that reads “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”

“My cousin got me a new shirt,” Siwa wrote.

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There were a couple of hints earlier this week that Siwa was coming out. On Wednesday, Siwa uploaded a TikTok video of herself dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

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She was also featured in a video from Pride House, an LGBTQ TikTok content collaboration house with a large following.

JoJo Siwa is one of the biggest celebrities on the planet, though mostly in the eyes of young children and the parents forced to buy JoJo Siwa-branded apparel. At 17, the Dance Moms veteran lays claim to a slew of wildly popular Nickelodeon programs, a popular YouTube channel, a growing discography, a clothing line, and toys. The Siwa brand is ubiquitous, which makes her decision to come out now even more consequential.

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Reaction from parents and conservative media will be a large factor in deciphering whether the cultural pendulum has indeed shifted enough so that a popular child celebrity coming out elicits little more than a shrug in response. While we can certainly expect whinging from the usual suspects, what’s important is that Siwa is getting a plethora of support.

Good for you, JoJo.

Staff writer, mint chocolate hater.

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Reaction from parents and conservative media will be a large factor in deciphering whether the cultural pendulum has indeed shifted enough so that a popular child celebrity coming out elicits little more than a shrug in response.”

I think it’s important that the media (and Jezebel) not give too much attention to these crazies. These voices are often the loudest and the smallest. Promoting their outrage definitely drives hate-clicks, but it also makes them seem much larger and more prominent than they actually are (don’t get me started on “One Million” Moms). If you want to see a cultural pendulum shift, start by focusing on the outpourings of love. It’s not about ignoring the hate, it’s about accurately representing the reactions and prioritizing truth over clickbait.

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