We all have been watching Lilly Singh for years now, and every time she lights up our screen, we think that she has made India proud. Be it parents or kids, Lilly has made content that we all love, one of the reasons why she became the biggest YouTube and real life star shat she is today.
Lilly Singh is truly the queen we all look up to. Shortly after Lilly came out as bisexual, she dropped a rap music video called ‘If Bollywood Songs Were Rap’, where she chose three of Bollywood’s popular songs, and turned them into empowering raps about feminism, mental health issues and acceptance of sexuality respectively.
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The Indian-Canadian comedian, known by her moniker IISuperWomanII, released the video on Thursday on her official YouTube channel, where she has performed on the songs – Choli Ke Peeche, All Izz Well and Aankh Maarey.
The third song-rap that is Aankh Maarey was the one that spoke about her bisexuality. The lyrics say it all where she is trying to woo a man, but gets smitten by a woman…
“I’m trying to make you notice me
I’m wondering what you think of me
You really got me focusing
But then a queen winked at me”
The video got millions of views, and Lilly became an icon. However, what has changed for us since she came out?
Many Indian families, be it here or abroad still find it difficult to even talk about sex. Kids are made to believe that babies are born from holding hands or a literal stork visiting parents with a kid. Discussing heterosexual relationships is still a taboo. When Lilly came out as bisexual on Twitter, it was nothing less than a historic moment for the LGBTQI community especially from India, as she is massively popular.
Bollywood has had its portrayal of stereotypes that has not been pleasing for the community. Out of never openly discussing or portraying homosexuality as a part of its main stories, Bollywood chose to depict it in a mocking tone through movies like Dostana. There has always been silence when it comes to homosexuality in all our homes.
Therefore, when a world popular role model like Lilly Singh comes forward, she almost forced us to think and have a much needed conversation with our parents about the subject. In claiming her bisexuality, Singh is educating older generations as well from her home country and spreading awareness about other sexualities.
Things are definitely improving for the LGBTQ+ community in India, as the section 377 was de-criminalised last year, and more awareness about homosexuality is spreading through yearly gay pride marches across the country. While Deepa Mehta’s Fire which told a story about two women in had met with protests and was not allowed to back in 1996, the recently released movie, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga, about a lesbian coming out to her family, starring real life father-daughter duo Anil and Sonam Kapoor was not met with any protests and was even liked by the masses.