This is a quote from pop princess Rihanna:
I’d love to be an assassin. Either that or a lesbian. Maybe both! Hey, a gay assassin, there’s nothing hotter than that. Megan Fox would play my girlfriend – hands down. She’s yummy. She’s hot. All humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes. I mean, I could see myself in a relationship with a girl.
Okay, this doesn’t mean Rihanna is a lesbian, and it can easily mean she’s playing the “bisexual” card for media attention; after all, we do live in the Katy Perry ‘I kissed a girl’ era, where faux lesbos are common.
But this is not the point. The point is: Rihanna is a black girl from the Caribbean. Homophobia is rampant among blacks, and particularly Caribbean people (take it from someone with a black Caribbean family, okay).
Whether Rihanna is joking or not is irrelevant, but what is refreshing is that someone from her background can say this publicly, knowing what it’s like growing up in homophobic black and Caribbean communities.
If many more black/Caribbean people do as Rihanna does, the gay communities in these Caribbean countries could benefit. With news of reggae artists, Calypso singers and DJs with nasty and violent homophobic lyrics getting banned from performing in developed countries, and gays being forced to leave their homes due to violence against them, it will be good to have public figures from their communities speak on their behalf, so as to destigmatize them.