I don’t usually fall for feminine straight girls. But I’m making an exception for Queen Latifah.
Or am I?
The gorgeous, glowing Queen herself will debut a new daytime television talk show on Sept. 16. It’s almost worth getting Tivo just so I can come home to her every evening after work.
But the one thing Queen Latifah won’t dish about on her new show is her own personal life.
She has long been rumored to be a lesbian, in a relationship of many years with Jeanette Jenkins, with whom she bought a Hollywood Hills home in 2010 and has been photographed embracing. Jenkins is a Hollywood personal trainer with her own workout show on Lifetime Television.
“I don’t feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show,” she recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there’s the part that’s mine to keep for myself. And that’s mine. For me.”
It’s too bad she won’t let the public see this vital part of herself. Daytime talk host Elle DeGeneres and wife Portia Di Rossi have been visible and vocal and it certainly hasn’t hurt their careers. However, Queen Latifah and (let’s just say it) Oprah Winfrey, continue to fiercely block any discussion of their sexuality. Their fear of public rejection seems to outweigh any interest in contributing their personal strength to the LGBT community.
Each of them has dropped hints in her own way. During a performance at the 2012 Long Beach Pride event, Queen Latifah addressed the crowd as “my people,” causing many in the audience to believe that she had come out, according to The Advocate magazine. Oprah hasn’t been quite as transparent, but nonetheless seems overly interested in lesbianism and camping with BFF Gayle King.
Just like I said it would happen, Ellen DeGeneres is on the cover of O magazine.
Sure there was lots of silliness – mock begging and pleading, a Halloween costume stunt where Ellen dressed up as a magazine cover – but this decision was in the bag months ago.
She’s only the second person to be featured on the cover with the Oprah (the first was Michelle Obama), and might be the first gay person. I say “might” because I think the jury is still out on Oprah.
The cover features Ellen popping out of a box. Now maybe Oprah will pop out of the closet.
Oprah apparently has a hard time getting her head around lesbianism, and yet it seems she’s also completely fascinated by the topic. Still, it’s hard to believe that anyone with the level of exposure to media, pop culture, and people that she has, can be such a dumb-ass.
Check out this interview with Dr. Lisa Diamond, author of Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire (who’s kind of hot, BTW) on the show “Women Leaving Men For Other Women” (Uh, Oprah, we call that “coming out”.) Bless you, Dr. Diamond, for your patience!
Oprah’s tabloid fascination with lesbians seems especially ironic because she has battled rumors for years that she’s in a relationship with her BFF Gayle King. I’d like to think she’s really in a secret three-way with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton.
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Oprah Winfrey offered to share the cover of O magazine with Ellen DeGeneres, and DeGeneres — who’s been campaigning for the spot — has accepted.
Winfrey surprised DeGeneres with a video telephone call on Friday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She told a shocked DeGeneres that she was “calling to officially invite you on the cover of O.”
DeGeneres, who’s been mounting a campaign for the cover during her “Ellen” talk show, told Winfrey: “I can’t believe you’re serious about this. I’m freaking out right now.”
Winfrey had gone solo on the cover of O magazine for nine years before sharing the spot with first lady Michelle Obama.
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