Selena Gomez Under Fire for Supporting LGBT People, But Not #BlackLivesMatter
Today is June 1, which marks the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Billboard decided to honor the month that recognizes “the impact LGBT people have had in the world” by getting various celebrities, including Selena Gomez, to write ‘love letters’ to the queer community. The “Bad Liar” singer’s note is as follows:
I remember as a young child going to brunch on Sundays with my mom and her group of friends. I had no idea they were all gay as I didn’t even comprehend what that meant at the time. All I knew is that I loved being surrounded by these kind, fun and loving friends my mother had around her. I definitely give credit to her for raising me in an environment that was incredibly open-minded and non-judgmental. She also surprised me at my 16th birthday party with a performance by the most beautiful drag queen singing my favorite song. I don’t think most 16-year-olds can say that!
My co-writer Justin Tranter couldn’t believe I had never seen the Madonna documentary Truth or Dare and so while we were in Mexico he sat me down to watch it with him. I loved it and was especially struck by how groundbreaking it was for the gay rights movement and how far LGBTQ rights have come in my lifetime. There is still a significant amount of work to do and I look forward to the day when a person is never judged, discriminated or feared for their sexuality.
While the 24-year-old’s letter was well-received by many, some people couldn’t get past the fact that it was written by the same person who once belittled the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
If Selly can publicly support #Pride2017, they questioned, why was she so against using a hashtag to help end police brutality against African American people?
But she doesn't care about black lives so she can choke
— Zach (@simplefucks) June 1, 2017
Wish that bitch felt the same about black people
— Carolina (@antiszayn) June 1, 2017
but still doesnt wanna support #blm
— job (@aticacoustic) June 1, 2017
she still thinks blm is just a hashtag so this don't matter coming from her
— Z. (@justzeetoyou) June 1, 2017
But doesn't care about ethnic minorities – only cares about causes that can help her career
— katie knolwes (@kkatiekknolwes) June 1, 2017
Selena has yet to comment on either the letter, or the backlash. We think it’s great that she wrote such nice words to the LGBTQ+ community, but we can also understand where the people who are upset are coming from. EVERY community deserves to be supported, especially by celebrities who have the power to really make a difference.
8 young, straight male celebs who are allies of the LGBTQ+ community:
Josh is a huge advocate for LGBT rights, participating in organizations like Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and The Trevor Project; he even started an org called Straight But Not Narrow! The program actually works as a kind of "training program," teaching young adults to be better allies to their queer peers. Iconic!
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