The term “queerbaiting‘ has been around for a while, but yesterday, Rolling Stone decided to school everyone on the meaning of it with an article they titled: Why Queerbaiting Matters More Than Ever. Since Rolling Stone is a music magazine, they focused on artistes who superficially slather rainbow paint on their bodies before attaching themselves to a hook and dangling themselves in front of the LGBTQ community for that pink dollar. Rolling Stone brought up master gay panderer Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande as examples of queerbaiting. They also mentioned Cardi B, and she does not appreciate that shit, saying that she’s a bi-sexual woman, and it’s wrong to accuse a musical artist of faux gayness when you have no idea who their down-low parts get tingly for.
Dictionary.com describes “queerbaiting” as suggesting gayness without ever getting that deep so that they can be like “HI GAY, we care about you!” while not pushing away those who are okay with seeing two hot women grind on each other but don’t want to see them lovingly spooning after fucking:
The term queerbaiting refers to the practice of implying non-heterosexual relationships or attraction (in a TV show, for example) to engage or attract an LGBTQ audience or otherwise generate interest without ever actually depicting such relationships or sexual interactions.
For example, a TV show may be accused of queerbaiting when interactions between two same-sex characters are consistently suggestive of sexual attraction or a sexual relationship but the characters never actually enter into such a relationship (including and especially when their sexuality isn’t otherwise discussed or portrayed).
The term queerbaiting is used to criticize the practice as an attempt to take advantage of and capitalize on the appearance or implication of LGBTQ+ relationships without actually having real LGBTQ+ representation.
Rolling Stone’s article mentions that Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Madonna (who has been with Jenny Shimizu and Ingrid Casares), and recently accused queerbaiter Billie Eilish of cosplaying as gay. Many of their examples are women humping on each other for the male gaze. Rolling Stone’s article includes the video for Normani’s song Wild Side, which features Cardi B. In the video, Normani and Cardi B rub their naked bodies on each other while Cardi raps about getting dicked down. Here’s a promo shot, which looks like something Tyra Banks would come up with on America’s Next Top Model to honor Pride Month:
Not pictured: Normani and Cardi’s b-holes cowering with fear from those broken glass nails coming at them.
If you read the comments under that Rolling Stone queerbaiting article, you’ll see that many think it’s biphobic trash that belongs in the dumpster. Cardi agrees and let Rolling Stone know that she was trying to hide her baby-growing dome and she’s a bisexual woman (Cardi came out in 2018 after getting shit for lyrics in the “bisexual anthem” Girls). Cardi also thinks that people are just slapping the label “queerbaiting” on anyone and everything:
Uuummmm @RollingStone queer baiting? You do know we was trying to hide a whole baby bump right ?Also I’m married to a man but I have express soo much about my bisexuality and my experiences wit girls .All of a sudden “queer baiting” is the new word & people use it to the ground ! https://t.co/M3kn4NyJBs
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) July 23, 2021
Cardi goes on to say that she doesn’t like the term “queerbaiting” because it forces people to come out about their sexuality when they may not be ready to:
I don’t like this new “queer baiting” word.I feel like it pressure artist to talk about their sexuality or their experiences that they don’t feel comfortable speaking about.If a artist kiss a girl on a video does that means she gotta show videos & text wit wit other women?
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) July 23, 2021
Despite Cardi calling “queerbaiting” a “new word,” it’s not a new word at all. I’m pretty sure The Nazareth Times accused Jesus of gay-baiting when he turned water into iced coffee (yes, that happened, read the Bible). And if you feel a hot breeze hit your face today, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean a storm is coming. It’s just Katy Perry breathing out a huge sigh of relief over her self-proclaimed problematic song I Kissed A Girl not being the main focus in an article about queerbaiting.