Seyi Shay joins a list of international female celebrities who don't want the feminist tag placed on them.
However, Seyi Shay has stayed away from making statements for a while. Now, she is back. In an interview with The Cable, the talented act spoke on why she should not be considered a feminist.
"I’m not a feminist, I just believe in the principles of human rights so I fight for it." Without creating another blunder Seyi Shay has been able to give a good explanation to a somewhat controversial discussion- must all women be feminists?
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Surprisingly, Seyi Shay is not alone in not embracing the feminist tag. Celebrities such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Taylor Swift have shunned the feminist tag.
Reality TV mogul Kim Kardashian says she is not fond of the word either. In August 2016, Kim K wrote on her site why she does not consider herself a feminist. Just like Seyi Shay, she prefers to be called a humanist.
"But why do we have to put labels on things? You’re Republican, you’re Democrat, you’re bisexual, you’re plus-size, you’re poor, you’re a criminal, you’re a mother, you’re a feminist. I’m a human being, and I have thoughts, feelings and opinions about a lot of different things. I don’t need to be defined by those beliefs, just as much as I don’t want to be set apart from—or viewed as being against—those who DO define themselves by those beliefs" she wrote.
Kim K got a few slaps on the wrist for not embracing the word, but in Nigeria, it is doubtful there will be any form of backlash. Now don't get me wrong. The feminism scene in Nigeria is active. When the Olori of Ife denounced feminism as western culture she got a huge backlash.
For now, it seems that female celebrities can go off easily for saying they are humanists instead of feminists.