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Janelle Monae Responds to Those Who Think Celebrities Should 'Stay In Their Lane'

Janelle Monae Responds to Those Who Think Celebrities Should 'Stay In Their Lane'

Janelle Monae is on the cover of Allureo ’s “Freedom” issue.

Here’s what the entertainer had to share with the mag…

On celebrities being told to stay in their lane: “You strip away the makeup, the costumes, and everything you know about Janelle Monáe the artist, and I’m still the African-American, queer woman who grew up with poor, working-class parents. When I walk off a stage, I have to deal with these confrontations. I have to deal with being afraid for my family.”

On the risk of living openly and freely: “There’s lots of fears that I have about just living openly and freely and criticizing those who are in the position of power. You just never know. You never know what could happen when you are outspoken. It’s a risk. It’s a risk that I’ve prayed on and I’m willing to take.”

On how results of the presidential election affected her ability to create: “I felt it was a direct attack on us, on black women, on women, on women’s rights, on the LGBTQIA community, on poor folks. I felt like it was a direct attack saying, ‘You’re not important. You’re not valuable and we’re going to make laws and regulations that make it official and make it legal for us to devalue you and treat you like second-class citizens or worse.’ I got to the point where I stopped recording because I was just like, ‘I’m going to make an angry album.’”

For more from Janelle, visit Allure.com.

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Credit: Camila Falquez for Allure
Posted to: Janelle Monae, Magazine

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