Tameka Raymond is best known (and I suppose only known) as Usher’s ex-wife, but her recent tweets place in her the category of celebrities who might need a dose of common sense on Twitter. In the past few weeks the stylist has filed petitions to both revoke her joint custody agreement with her ex-husband and order the singer to take a drug test. In the midst of all her legal acrobatics Ms. Raymond also found the time to share her view that bisexual men who appear to be straight should publicly identify themselves.
After a backlash of responses from LGBT supporters, Ms. Raymond explained that she is not passing judgement on the gay lifestyle but is against the “trickery” of closeted men who pursue both men and women. She also explained that she meant the tweet as a joke but has since defended her stance on the issue and continues to tweet about which men need wristbands (once such having been J. Edgar Hoover).
I’m not sure what it’s going to take for some folks to understand that sexuality does not come with the desire to dress or act a certain way and how damaging it is to proliferate the idea that anyone can or should “look” bisexual. And of course deceit is unacceptable in any relationship, but are we really still on the “downlow” men as the Boogeyman thing? Am I being naive or is the DL the least of our relationship problems? Because in the real world bisexual men do exist — whether they are open or closeted, wearing Timbs or whatever more “gay” attire Tameka Raymond expects them to — and the idea that any number of them are plotting trickery against women just does not seem worth repeating.
Read more at Huffington Post.
What do you think? Are people too sensitive? Or should Tameka Raymond have kept her comments to herself?