The endlessly flawless and fascinating Janet Jackson truly knows how to keep it classy as a role model for her worldwide legion of a bazillian fans, and it’s causes like these that make her stand out as an Icon!
She’s already had a career that would put a majority of today’s artists stack their wigs up in a corner, and now the 46-year-old Janet will serve as the executive producer of a documentary titled ‘Truth‘ highlighting the struggles, the fight for equality and personal stories of the transgender-ed community across the world, working behind the scenes as well as on-screen – sitting down for extensive interviews as well.
According to director Robert Jason :
“Janet Jackson will take us on a visually innovative, cerebral journey through the turbulent lives of transgendered people of all ages around the world and their epic struggle for equality. This film will highlight landmark mainstream stories and provide a glimpse at others that will change the gender landscape of the world forever. Just as it is hard to believe that there ever was a time when different components of society were required to use separate drinking fountains, it is as incredible that one’s gender expression remains just such a target for discrimination.”
According to the 5-time Grammy winning Icon herself :
“All people are very important to me. I’ve been fortunate to make friends and learn about very different lives. TRUTH is our small chance to ask that you try and understand someone who lives their life in a way that is a little bit different from yours, even though all of our hearts are the same. We want to stop the hate and find understanding.”
Time and again, Janet has used her music and her status as an Icon supporting causes and issues that truly need to be addressed, whether it was racism and education in her 1989 epic ‘Rhythm Nation 1814‘, or sexuality and domestic abuse in 1997’s masterpiece ‘The Velvet Rope‘. Already honored by the LGBT community with the GLAAD Media Award for her work, Janet had addressed issues like bisexuality and homosexuality in ‘The Velvet Rope‘- talking about it at a time the world in general considered it taboo, and bringing the issue in the forefront through songs like ‘Free Xone‘, ‘Tonight’s The Night‘ (where she makes love to another woman), ‘Together Again‘ as well as interludes like ‘Speakerphone‘.
On being asked about the ‘Speakerphone‘ interlude and ‘Tonight’s The Night‘ back in 1997, Janet had replied, ‘Many people had asked me if I were gay, and my answer would be what does it matter? Does it change the way you look at me? Cuz I’m still the same person!‘.
It’s causes like these and fighting for equality that makes me proud to be a Janatic! Way to go again, Miss Jackson!