Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander has a bone to pick for anyone who categorizes an artist’s work based solely on their sexuality.
On Thursday, Twitter user @barelyhuman posted a photo of Years & Years’s debut album at a record shop that labeled it simply “gay.” Alexander reposted the tweet and wrote, “um ok let’s talk about this.”
Alexander -- an out musician who’s long been vocal about his sexuality -- went on to criticize the confusing categorization, questioning if you can “label a sound or style of music ‘gay.’”
The singer later poked fun at the pic by saying he was heading to the studio to make “#gaymusic.” Adam Lambert sarcastically responded by asking if the song was going to be a “top or a bottom.”
The record shop from the original photo is unspecified, and the authenticity of the pic hasn’t been verified (some skeptical fans are questioning whether someone placed Years & Years and Sivan’s albums there on purpose). Nevertheless, it’s sparked a meaningful discussion, which Alexander handled with perfect poise.