He’s performed at Pittsburgh Pride, made several shirtless appearances at gay clubs, acted all sultry-like in the occasional gay sex scene, and claimed he’d be “lying” if he said he’d never had sex with men. A handful of editorials published today pointedly suggest Nick Jonas‘ “queer-baiting” hit a fever pitch with his speech at New York’s vigil for the victims of Orlando on Monday night.
Op-eds from the likes of Huffington Post and Bullett claim his very appearance at the event was nothing but part of a publicity blitz for his new album Last Year Was Complicated, which dropped three days ago.
In a column titled “Dear Nick Jonas, There’s A Way To Be A Straight Ally. That Wasn’t It,” The Huffington Post‘s Queer Voices deputy editor JamesMichael Nichols writes:
I don’t want to draw too many conclusions about Jonas’ and his team’s intention with this aggressive “queerbaiting.” But one thing is certain: this is not a time for straight allies to take up space — especially if you’re an ally who just dropped an album three days ago.
Now is a time when we, as a community, are mourning the loss of 49 queer and trans brothers and sisters, many of them people of color.
Writing for Bullett, Justin Moran shared a similar sentiment:
You could make the weak argument, here, about the importance of allies like Jonas, but this vigil was in response to a LGBTQ hate crime—the biggest mass shooting in American history—which took place during a latinx night. So having the archetypal all-American Jonas stand before us and express how he’s “humbled” and “grew up on Broadway” was a total insult to the brilliant minds of those we lost—the survivors who have to now live with horrific memories.
Several attendees took to Twitter last night to voice similarly disparaging opinions about Jonas’ appearance:
Y’all will literally let a straight white man take center stage over the graves of queer latino victims before letting QPOC have the floor.
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) June 14, 2016
Nick Jonas is speaking at the Stonewall Vigil? Part of being a good ally is knowing when to yield your platform for real LGBTQ people
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) June 14, 2016
Nick Jonas spoke at the Stonewall Inn vigil b/c he’s SO passionate about queer equality but his feed is mostly about his new album. Hmm.
— jayson flores (@gayonabudget) June 14, 2016
Ah yes you know who we need to speak at stonewall it’s queerbaiting Nick Jonas what a great ally his words are so important
— John J. Salomone (@DudeNdaEaseOnUp) June 14, 2016
People asking why Nick Jonas officiating at Stonewall is an issue. pic.twitter.com/XRVnvBlXm0
— Sid (@Sidderz) June 14, 2016
CNN: the Stonewall Inn will host a vig—
Nick Jonas: pic.twitter.com/JwCBkWzm0H
— Jon (@octojon) June 14, 2016
Nick Jonas officiating Stonewall vigil shows how much we need an increase in representation + celebration of LGBTQ people within the media.
— Harry Clayton-Wright (@HClaytonWright) June 14, 2016
the lack of out & proud gay celebs that led nick jonas to speak at stonewall is a symptom ofthe same illness that produced a closeted gunman
— ortuist (@ortuist) June 14, 2016
At stonewall. Gov. Cuomo spoke then Nick Jonas took the stage. LGBT crowd is pissed. When do our people speak?
— Mary Emily O’Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) June 13, 2016
Why the fuck is @nickjonas speaking at the Vigil for Orlando at Stonewall??? Could they not find a famous gay person??? In NYC????
— Sam Branman (@blamsamran) June 13, 2016
Why is gay baiter nick jonas at the stonewall vigil?
— Gabe Gonzalez (@gaybonez) June 13, 2016
Nick Jonas threw the first brick at Stonewall.
— Alex Hubbard (@hellohubbard) June 13, 2016
literal groan as Nick Jonas was announced as the next speaker at Stonewall #SayTheirNames chants
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) June 13, 2016