Ruby Rose is as much a gem as the one she's named after. We know this. After all, she was an MTV VJ in Australia for five glorious years.
When Rose hit the American scene via a role on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, the out actress-singer-model's fame reached new heights -- and with that, many new fans had feelings about her, often telling her on social media and even sometimes to her face that she "turned them gay."
Turns out she doesn't like hearing that so much.
"When people say to me that I turned them gay, I just laugh, because that’s not really even a possibility," Rose said in an interview with Galore magazine, out now. "It sounds like I did something against their will in the middle of the night, as if I crept into their brain and pushed the gay button, then did an evil laugh and left them to fend for themselves -- newly gay and alone in the world."
The reason that the term "go gay" makes actual gay people a little uncomfortable is that it's actually internalized homophobia disguised as a compliment.
It's the same idea when you hear a person say a dude is "the most attractive [insert minority here] man" you've ever seen instead of just the most "attractive man" you've ever seen. People are focusing in on the fact that Rose could potentially sleep with them just because she's gay, and coming up with a compliment based on that assumption.
“People will say to [Jennifer Lawrence], 'I want to be your best friend,' or to [Taylor] Swift, 'I want to be in your squad,' Everyone has got their little thing, and the catchphrase I got after Orange was, ‘She turned me gay,’” Rose continued. "I think people like the idea of 'turning gay for someone,' but it’s not actually that simple. Ultimately, that statement is just a form of endearment or a compliment, but it’s not real."
To read Rose's full interview, go on over to Galore.