Janelle Monáe: Bi Tease or Declaration?

Janelle Monáe’s new single “Make Me Feel” makes a bold grab for the bisexual viewer. Janelle cavorts with boys, with girls, and with both at the same time.

She’s neither in nor out. In a 2014 interview on Sway she commented that “I keep my personal life to myself. […] I don’t want to let anybody down. I want women to still be attracted to me […] I want men to still be attracted to me so I have to be political in this. I can’t really tell y’all.”

The video can be critiqued as offering the hypersexualised version of bisexuality we’ve seen before in things like Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl. But then again, maybe that’s just the modern rules of pop promo video for you. Either way (ahem) it has notched up 100,000 likes on YouTube so far and rising…