Ever since Tooji took to the Eurovision stage in Baku, there have been constant rumours as to whether he prefers guys or gals. Type his name into Google and you’ll find that the second most popular search is “tooji eurovision gay”.
It would appear that the “Stay” singer has grown tired of the speculation, and has released the following statement (along with a tasteful nude portrait of himself) via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter:
Daily I get comments either online or through my everyday life, of people wondering about me being gay or straight.
People dropping comments underneath pictures and videos, or coming up to me in person and asking what type of genitals I like. I want to answer you once and for all and say that I understand…
We people have a constant need to categorize in hope of comprehending our environment. We need to label and put things in neat little boxes so we can understand, or at least try to understand a tiny bit of how things function around us.
Off course I understand that it would make everybody else’s life much easier to know what I do in my bed.
Off course I see that it makes huge differences when listening to my music what gender I’m more into.
And above all, off course I can see how it shapes and inflicts my actions and words when I’m talking about children’s rights.
I do understand, but if that is what you judge me from, If this is what shapes my words and music in your ears; do not listen.
Because if this is what is essential for you to understand the world and judge me as a person, I will not give you the pleasure of categorizing me, or labeling me, for you to think that you understand who I am.
And if your asking me because your into me, You never had a chance.
Let people be people, not labels.
It’s certainly a very thought provoking piece, but what do y’all think? Is Tooji right? On the one hand, in an ideal world there should be an no labels and sexuality shouldn’t make a difference, but unfortunately the world we live in is far from ideal. As a major singer, with thousands of fans, does he have a responsibility to be a role model and be open and true? He asks whether it would make people’s life easier if they knew what he did in bed? Arguably it would, particularly to young people in the likes of Russia or Belarus. Or is Tooji’s sexuality his own business and no one else’s? But then why raise the subject at all? And in such an opaque manner certain to cause even more discussion. Share your views below.