Keke Palmer is upset at social media followers who assume she is a lesbian because of her butch haircut. The former child star dyed her buzz cut a pleasant shade of purple for her appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday.
Keke's LGBT fans immediately took to social media to welcome the sullen 23-year-old singer/actress into the family. But Keke was irked by assumptions about her sexuality from fans on social media. She lashed out one user who asked if she was a lesbian.
Her gay fans accused Keke of dying her hair for attention, and how ungrateful she was now that she's getting the attention she craves.
"Nothing physically can define someone's sexuality, can define someone's attitude, can define anything, because ultimately, you can't judge a book by its cover," she said in her Instagram Stories. "Honestly, it's hard to believe our society still operates under the weight of toxic heteronormative standards."
Keke said she was uncomfortable by the gay-oriented questions from a curious Glamour.com blogger.
"I kept it together, but what I really wanted to say is, 'Are you ignorant, because that's what it looks like. Are we asking Natalie Portman this? Are we asking Lauryn Hill this? Erykah Badu this? Are we asking everyone that cuts their damn hair? Now, we're really interested in their sexuality?" she said.
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