JoJo Siwa is clarifying some comments she made in a recent interview that raised some hackles in the LGBTQ+ community.

Siwa, who came out as gay last year, recently spoke with Yahoo! Life about her new role as “gay icon.”

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Despite openly being a lesbian, Siwa explained why she prefers not to use that particular nomenclature.

“I don’t like the word itself,” she said. “It’s just like a lot. But I mean, at the end of the day, that’s what I am.”

Siwa added, “It’s like the word moist. It’s just like… ugh!”

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Siwa’s comments were hit with backlash on social media, with numerous Twitter users admonishing her for drawing a negative connotation to the word “lesbian.”

Siwa caught wind of the controversy and responded in a video she shared on TikTok, insisting that she “never said that lesbian is a dirty word” in her interview.

“I never would say that it’s a dirty word because it is not. It’s not a bad word, it’s not a slur, it’s especially not a word that I am ashamed of saying or ashamed of identifying as by any means,” she explained, insisting her dislike of the word is entirely based on its sound.

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“I don’t hate the word lesbian, whenever someone talks to me about my sexuality I just say that I’m gay,” Siwa added. “It’s not a word that flows off the tongue for me, if that makes sense?”


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