This week at the Met Gala, noted “free-ass motherfucker” Janelle Monáe and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o were, according to various websites and gossip blogs, seen engaging in a “touchy feely display” and positioned in an “affectionate stance toward one another” and “cozying up… on an Instagram Live video” looking “rather chummy.” All of which has led gay Twitter to conclude that they are either in love or dating or boning or trying to make Tessa Thompson jealous — she and Janelle apparently unfollowed each other on social media???? — or they’re just friends who like to stand close enough for their bodies to be pressed together while gently caressing each other’s angelic faces.
Lupita’s Instagram from the Met Gala did nothing to squash the rumors.
Nor did other gala attendees’ photos and Instagram stories.
why Danai looking like when u at the gay function n ur homie starts hooking up w someone then ur like oh okay time to dip the vibe hath shifted pic.twitter.com/UJ73eP05rL
— muna mire (@Muna_Mire) May 9, 2019
Or should I say
Autostraddle’s Vapid Fluff coven seems split on whether or not this is a romance situation or a friend situation or just the angle of the camera at the time of night. “I think it’s likely that Janelle was making Tessa jealous, since Tessa was at that same party,” said one Autostraddle editor.
“I too have been slutty and loving and wholesome with a hot friend post breakup,” said another. “Could be petty, could be sincere, could be both!”
“Hahahaha god why are we all like this?” an Autostraddle editor wondered.
“It’s beautiful,” an Autostraddle staff writer concluded. “Art mimicking life.”
It’s funny: Picasso, who designed Janelle’s dress, said the same thing. Maybe this was all just an elaborate Picasso performance piece?!?? Janelle does love a theme. When investigating these photos, only one thing’s certain: Danai Gurira was ready to get the heck out of there.