To some, sexuality is a very concrete thing where people only fit into two categories: gay or straight. But most of us in the LGBT community know better than that, or at least are more willing to see that sexual identity is not the same as our sexual orientation. And Star Trek Star Zoe Saldana was doing the exact same thing in her latest interview. The actress has been receiving some unnecessary heat for some comments she made about how it is not just the anatomy of a person that ignites sexual desire. Here’s more:
Zoe Saldana has an issue with labels — of any kind.
During a recent interview with BET, the actress discussed her role in the recently released “Star Trek: Into Darkness” film, being a black and Latina actress and the comments she made in Allure Magazine regarding her androgyny and the possibility of her raising children with a woman.
BET’s Smriti Mundhra informed Saldana that the comments made in Allure were being interpreted as her having come out as lesbian or bisexual.
Saldana responded by saying that she encourages every human being to try not to categorize or stereotype anything.
“It’s the saddest situation… It is almost impossible for us to get through one conversation with somebody at a cashier without having to go, ‘Oh is she Mexican? Oh is she gay? Or what kind of car does she drive? Or is she illegal or something?” she said.
“There are so much more things that are important besides stereotyping ourselves and limiting ourselves just by putting ourselves in little boxes.”
Is this about not liking labels or is there more behind this? I definitely say its the former as I abhor the labels we use to categorize. Some may call what Saldana said as backpedaling but I disagree. She sees sexual identity in much of the same way I do. So we should keep that in mind when we have discussions about sex. It’s not always black and white. It may be that way for you but respect that its shades of grey for many more people than you think.