So the headline was a bit extreme but you get my point. Photos of R&B singer Steph Jones dressed in drag along side girlfriend Jordin Sparks for Halloween have been making the rounds on the "urban blogs" and are causing a flurry of perceived negative speculation on the singer's sexuality.
The talented singer who recently released the soulful independent lifetape "Gravity" has been dating American Idol winner Jordin Sparks off and on for some time and embraces all of his fans including those who are LGBT, so his willingness to break outside of the gender conformity box for one night doesn't surprise most-nor is it any indication of his "secret sexuality", at least to critically thinking people.
However, the uproar that has ensued online since the photos have been released and the warnings from some black men and women to Sparks "to watch out for her man and to protect herself" are laughable, infuriating, and wreaks of a double standard I had to address.
Why is it that black folks don't seem to have a problem with drag queens when they flock to the theater in droves to see Tyler Perry as Madea, whose drag is not reserved for a holiday but multiple times throughout the year I might add, but are collectively waving their hypocritical finger at Steph Jones?
Are we really that conservative and uptight as a people? Or has black straight folks really convinced themselves in the midst of all the praying, shouting, and buff black bodies in Perry's films that the man in drag is really straight? Pleassseeee. Where is Spike Lee when you need him?
I'm done venting. Seriously black people, get it together.
Just in case you're wondering what Steph looks like out of drag: