Singer Simi debuted her Youtube show, Stoopid Sessions about two weeks ago, with an episode that was supposed to tackle the topic of dating among millennials. The show had on co-hosts Sess, Kiekie and Iyanuoluwa, and sampled an array of opinions that ranged from dating that starts without much preamble, sexual propositions that are forthright and who owns the dating prerogative between men and women.
In a twist that no one saw coming, the conversation turned on its head and suddenly centred homosexuals. When Simi mentions the issue of sexuality being a more outspoken issue, religion quickly reared up its head on what was shaping up to be a liberal, free-spirited show when Iyanuoluwa begins with “Everybody will face God,” before clarifying that she didn’t know homosexuality “was happening in Nigeria. I thought that it was an America [thing]”, and then talking about how she gets texted by girls a lot.
Kiekie agrees that she too gets texted a lot by girls, and that it gives her concern. “I do pause and I look at myself, like, how do I attract a girl.” She goes on to say that she has a “very huge problem” with homosexuality, because “it defaults what I stand for” and “my religion, I live by the Bible.” [Never mind that this is the same girl who moments earlier, when talking about dating, said she doesn’t like getting courted by guys. “Just tell me you want to strip me naked. Don’t be telling me ‘You’re like a rose, you blossom in the sun.’”]
Apparently, straight-up fornication is fine, not at all condemned by the Bible. But homosexuality…Now that’s a big problem that any person who lives by the Bible should have a problem with.
“Sin is sin,” she goes on to say. “Do not tell me that ‘I’m a liar. Accept me,’ ‘I’m gay. Accept me,’ ‘I’m a cheat. Accept me.’ No. If a liar cannot boldly come out and say ‘I’m a liar. Accept me,’ then if you’re gay, don’t come at me and say, ‘This is who I am. Accept me.’”
Sess countered this however by coming close to point out that religion is not a good enough reason for one to invalidate someone else’s sexuality. “Human beings exist in a spectrum,” he says. “There’s this side and there’s that side. Society wants us to exist in a place that is comfortable, that feels normal. I feel like the essence of being a human being is to express yourself, in any way that you can. At the end of the day, it’s your choice and I respect that.”
This would end up to be the sole voice of tolerance on the show, as Simi, who has become well-known for her feminist views on the social media, goes on to reveal what a bigoted person she is by first pointing out how children are at risk from online agenda that spreads the message that homosexuality is okay, speaking to how religion makes homosexuality an uncomfortable thing for her to understand, and how “it just doesn’t seem natural to me.”
To the question of how homosexuality affects her, she says, “It’s not only things that affect us that we’re uncomfortable with.”
“They say they’re born that way, but I haven’t seen any biological proof,” she adds, before going on to express a very ignorant view about intersex people, using her opinion of them as an argument against homosexuality.
“How do you validate [homosexuality]?” Kiekie has the nerve to ask, to which Sess had the best response: “Do you have to validate it? I feel how I feel. Accept it. Just respect that I feel the way I feel. I don’t have to explain it to you.”
In addition to sex-shaming and lectures about boundaries, Simi goes on to express her frustration with “political correctness”.
This episode came as a shocker to social media netizens, with most of Queer Twitter expressing reactions that ranged from astonishment to outrage, mostly because a majority of the singer’s fans who have come to admire her for her bold feminism could not understand why she’d be so prejudiced against LGBT people.