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Mika Labels Himself: 'Call Me Bisexual'


The coy until now pop star Mika tells Dutch magazine Day & Night to call him a bisexual if they feel the need to label him:

"I've never ever labeled myself. But having said that; I've never limited my life, I've never limited who I sleep with. So, whatever. (…) Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me."

He also recommends the label-less route for everyone else:

"There are ways of being a role model without having to always having to establish yourself with a label. Let's say if you're a 16-year-old guy, and you're not sure about your sexuality, you should be as free as you want...Having a role model who makes you feel like it's alright to do whatever you want, without the pressure of a label, I think that's a good thing as well. I think there's a million different ways to do it, there isn't only one. And I hope I'm right."

And guess what? Today, Septbember 23, is Celebrate Bisexuality Day!

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  1. While I don't think one has to publicly label themselves and that a young person needs time to explorer themselves. You do need to be able to label yourself. It may not be a simple label like gay or straight. It may be quite complex. But you do need to spend time examining yourself and figuring yourself out.

    Otherwise you end up a clueless 40 something having know idea who you are and what the hell youa re doing with your life.

    Posted by: kujhawker | Sep 23, 2009 8:14:28 AM

  2. How about "closet-case douche bag willing to free-ride off the hard work done by other people" as a label?

    Posted by: DaveB | Sep 23, 2009 8:41:12 AM

  3. I may be wrong, but isnt this 'dont label me' crap the purview of the young? Labelling things is how we formed language in the first place, without labels we would be silent. Mika.. your a guy, who i assume does have sex with humans exclusively so here are the options, gay, straight, bi. There are no other options. Sure its a sliding scale, but with only 2 poles there are only 3 basic labels.

    Posted by: Rovex | Sep 23, 2009 8:55:42 AM

  4. Maybe if we stop labelling him he'll go away.

    Posted by: TPOT | Sep 23, 2009 8:55:44 AM

  5. Call you bi, Mika? How's about I don't call you at all.

    Posted by: wisebear | Sep 23, 2009 9:28:37 AM

  6. In the words of one of the greatest minds of 20th century... isn't bisexuality just the last exit to gaytown?

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 23, 2009 9:32:29 AM

  7. Elton John said the same thing... THIRTY-TWO YEARS AGO!

    Oh, that Mika.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Sep 23, 2009 9:46:41 AM

  8. Wow, that is Soooo Elton John ca. 1976!

    Posted by: Mike K | Sep 23, 2009 9:59:59 AM

  9. Well, if bisexual means sleeping with men and never women, Mika is bisexual.

    Posted by: john | Sep 23, 2009 10:00:06 AM

  10. Why can't he be bisexual?

    There are definitely bisexual people in the world. I suppose we feel compelled to identify with one of the poles - gay or straight - and I believe that only makes "straight" people who do have occasional same-sex feelings uncomfortable and not willing to act on their feelings, for feeling of being labeled "fully gay". Conversely, gay people who occasionally (or frequently!) have opposite-sex attractions feel pressured to not act on them, or are not taken seriously.

    Let's all be queer!

    Posted by: James | Sep 23, 2009 10:12:44 AM

  11. the lure of the penis is magnetic !!!

    Posted by: ty | Sep 23, 2009 10:15:24 AM

  12. I think bisexual merely means, OPPORTUNIST.

    Posted by: sonnie | Sep 23, 2009 10:23:44 AM

  13. GAY.

    and i'm not going to take gays "who occasionally (or frequently!) have opposite-sex attractions" seriously in any way because i don't believe actual gay people have them.

    Posted by: flucht17 | Sep 23, 2009 10:33:41 AM

  14. Mika,

    to quote from Spike Lee's School Daze:

    "You talk more shit than a little bit. You ain't seen no paaaaarts of the pussy!"

    Posted by: Q | Sep 23, 2009 10:49:21 AM

  15. Sure Girl, you're bisexual. Oh, me too. LOL

    Translation: I don't want to lose my female fan base who will proclaim until they're dead, "he's not gay!"

    Posted by: Jake | Sep 23, 2009 11:11:59 AM

  16. What's the deal with all these douchebag kids? Oh well, whatever. Sure, he might say "bisexual", but which is the entree and which the dessert? Which is the steak, and which the candy? Which do you need, and which do you just enjoy? Only if you must wake up to both or go unfulfilled can the label "bisexual" honestly and truly be applied. It's not just whom you're able to have sex with, but who you need next to you when all the extra fun is done.

    Posted by: clint | Sep 23, 2009 11:14:41 AM

  17. This will now replace: Totally crap "singer" whose entire stock in trade is LGBT "media" giving him a pass because he likes dick.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 23, 2009 12:04:28 PM

  18. All this love and support, and non-judgment; who wouldn't want to be part of this great community?

    You all make me sick. Why wouldn't we want to work toward a society where we don't have to obsess over which a gender a person sleeps with? Why does someone have to declare a side? What kind of fucked up outlook on life is that?

    Posted by: Zach | Sep 23, 2009 12:25:59 PM

  19. I appreciate what he says, but my concern is this:

    Until the heterosexuals out there stop making "gay" a dirty word, we need labels for the kids growing up and coming of age so they know who to identify with instead of identifying and hoping based on stereotypes.

    And I despise the word "queer".

    Posted by: DR | Sep 23, 2009 12:41:12 PM

  20. is he even relevant?

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Sep 23, 2009 12:56:28 PM

  21. so Clay Aiken-- is this really 2003 again -- or have we made progress? Maybe Not!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Sep 23, 2009 1:23:51 PM

  22. James, you've said it best!

    Posted by: mike | Sep 23, 2009 1:33:49 PM

  23. I'm with Zach. Live and let live people!

    Posted by: Diligent | Sep 23, 2009 2:25:46 PM

  24. I'm disgusted by the posts here. Get off your high horses - don't tell me you've never withheld the truth for some personal benefit. And I'm sure many of you were in the closet before.

    Sure, lament about how sad it is that people don't dare to come out, or that coming out is not always the best thing one can do for himself. Why be so mean to someone else just because he can't or won't admit he's gay?

    Fuck you all.

    Posted by: VestibuleSublevel | Sep 23, 2009 2:33:50 PM

  25. Uhm, he's not calling himself bi, did you read the interview? He's the person who gets to define who he is, not us. Aren't gay people arguing for the right to define ourselves, not be defined by the general population's stereotypes? Isn't he just doing that on a personal level? Why is it important to you how he defines himself? The dynamic is really no different than straight people telling gay people they are just confused. He knows who he is, you don't.

    Posted by: Timmeeeyyy | Sep 23, 2009 2:36:24 PM

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