Connor Franta just nailed why it's wrong to comment on Shawn Mendes' sexuality

28 November 2018, 11:14

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(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images). Picture: BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 13: Shawn Mendes attends the Billboard 2018 Live Music Awards at Montage Beverly Hills on November 13, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

"Do you know how fucking messed up it is that he (Shawn) feels that every single day that he needs to prove to people (that he's straight) after he has continually told them that he is what he is?"

Connor Franta has weighed in on the issue of the public seeming obsession with singer Shawn Mendes sexuality in an eloquent and insightful new video.

For context, singer Shawn Mendes's sexuality is a subject that has been massively discussed online, despite the singer saying multiple times that he is straight. Despite his insistence, people have simply ignored him, and continue to spread rumours that he is in the closet and make memes about his sexuality, for whatever reasons, based on their own perceptions of him.

This recently came to a head in a new interview with the singer in Rolling Stone, in which, he opened up about other people's perception of his sexuality.

Connor, who is openly gay, shared his sympathy for Shawn in his new video, saying that he feels the way Shawn often has to seemingly "prove" he really is straight is "fucked up".

"Stop trying to out people, if and when people are ready to come out, they'll do it on their own time. They do not need you to judge them. Stop trying to judge people based on archaic stereotypes."

Connor points to how Shawn stated in his Rolling Stone interview that he feels he has to change his body language and voice, lest he play into stereotypical perceptions of what a gay man is like.

"I can't imagine being in Shawn's position where, he's not in the closet, he has clearly said he is not LGBTQ+ but people continue to pressure him... Leave him alone, he's putting out great music, he seems like a great person, stop trying to ruin it by stressing him out - and the same goes for everyone else, stop judging them, stop trying to ruin their lives, stop trying to to stress them out."

Connor said he would be donating all the ad money from his video to GLSEN, "a queer organisation focused on bringing LGBT youth together with straight people in allyship".