Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jillian Michaels Misunderstood

Jillian Michaels really upset some people with her comments about being 'normal':  
I don’t know that I am comfortable talking about being gay now, to be honest with you. The gay thing has always been hard for me. When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks, ‘Are you sisters?’ I say, ‘We’re friends.’ I guess it comes from thinking that they will be shocked or disturbed. Look, I wish I had some strapping football player husband. It would be such a dream to be ‘normal’ like that, but I’m just not.
I truly think people are being way too hard on her.  She obviously struggles with being gay and she was just being open about that.  I don't think her honesty makes her homophobic.  Let's look at the bigger issue and see why society makes people feel this way.  She released her apology:
 I am deeply disheartened and sorry to hear that members of the gay community have misunderstood the points I was trying to make about being 'out.' I attempted to shed light on how hard and scary it can be to be out. That gay families get attacked and even small daily interactions involve others being 'shocked and disturbed' by the gay lifestyle. I was saying if along the way in my life that had been a choice I would have made it, but it's not who I am. Gay is not a choice. If I was ashamed of who I am, I would be in the closet. Considering my family was on the cover of People magazine, I think I'm pretty far from that.

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