American singer and actress Janelle Monae reveals her gender identity on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch program, but Will Smith’s slap in the face is not up for debate
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American singer and actress Janelle Monae has come out as non-binary. The award-winning rapper, 36, made the reveal on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table talk show on Facebook Watch.
In a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Monae came out as pansexual — the description of a person who does not limit their sexual choices based on sex, gender identity, or sex. Of changing her gender identity, Monae said, “I’m non-binary, so I just don’t see myself as just a woman.
“I feel all my energy. I feel like God is so much bigger than ‘he’ or ‘she’.
“And if I am of God, I am everything. But I will always, always stand by women.
“I will always stand by black women. But I just see everything that I am.
“Beyond Binary. When I see people, the first thing I see is their energy.
“I don’t understand how you identify yourself. I think that opens you up to falling in love with whoever – any beautiful spirit.”
Monae appeared on the talk show, which is hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith on the social media platform, with her mother, Janet. In January 2020, Monae used the hashtag #IAmNonbinary on Twitter, leading fans to speculate that they would be releasing Nonbinary, but the Wondaland Arts Society CEO clarified at the time that the post was only intended as a show of support for the community . as a means of raising awareness and visibility.
The Red Table Talk episode began with Pinkett Smith mentioning the now infamous incident at the Oscars, when her husband, Will Smith, slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars for making a joke about her alopecia. She didn’t refer to it further, but promised it would be discussed on the show in the future.
However, Pinkett-Smith issued a written statement early in Season 5 of her Facebook watch show. It read: “In light of what has happened over the past few weeks, the Smith family has focused on deep healing.
“Some of the discoveries surrounding our healing will be shared around the table when the time calls. Until then… the table will continue to lend itself to powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest.”
The 50-year-old media personality’s husband hit rock minutes before winning the best actor award for his role in King Richard, where he played the father of legendary tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams. Two weeks later, Smith was handed a 10-year ban from attending Academy events, although by that time he had already requested his resignation.
Red Table Talk streams on Facebook Watch every Wednesday at 9am PST.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/janelle-monae-comes-out-nonbinary-26769105 Janelle Monae comes out as non-binary on Jada Pinkett Smith's talk show