Jason Mraz Slammed for ‘Two Spirit’ Bisexuality Explanation
The LGBTQ community welcomed Jason Mraz with open arms earlier this month when the "I'm Yours" singer officially came out as bisexual, but another community thought his method of delivery fell flat.
Mraz, who'd penned a beautiful letter to the queer community weeks before his official admission, tried to explain the duality of his sexuality through the lens of an Indigenous People totem.
"I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like: ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’ And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it ‘Two Spirit,’ which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that," he said.
And social media —Indigenous North American and First Nations people and non-Natives, alike — called out Mraz for adopting the term, which they noted is exclusive to the population.
"Two Spirit" is a term for those who embrace both masculine and feminine spirits, and was first used nearly 30 years ago at the third Inter-tribal Native American, First Nations Gay and Lesbian American Conference, according to Pink News.
"If you are Native it's okay not identify as Two Spirit, if you are Native it's okay to identify as Two Spirit. If you are non Ntv, nobody gives a f--- about your opinion on the subject," one Twitter user wrote, while another noted: "Flat out, you don't get to call yourself Two Spirit if you aren't Native. Don't."
Finally, @Tonya_Song pointed out that criticism was not meant to malign Mraz, just to explain the history of the term.
"This isn't about exclusion. It's about preserving its actual meaning. It's us putting our foot down as two-spirit/queer Natives & saying you don't get to take it and distort what it actually is," she wrote.