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Jessie J
Jessie J

If there is one characteristic which unites all British cultural exports (or imports, depending where you are), it’s our way with words. As a nation we pride ourselves on being able to talk good, and furthermore, to not talk not good too.

So it’s with a certain mix of pride and abject horror that we turn to examine the thoughts of one Jessie J – pop star of this parish – with regards to her cultural and sexual identity. Yes, she’s young, yes she’s finding her way in this business we call show, but that doesn’t stop her from jumping into the big issues with both feet.

On the topic of where she is from, she told the Telegraph: “I definitely like to think I’m repping for the UK. I think I ooze British.”

Nope, I’ve no idea what that means either.

She went on: “I’m very sarcastic and I like to take the mickey out of myself. And I definitely do that very British thing of, take things with a pinch of salt, stiff upper lip, you know what I mean?”

Yep, nobody in the world does sarcasm except the Brits. That is, like, SO true. As for the salt and lips, well, being sceptical and gritting your teeth in adversity are also fairly universal traits, I’d have thought.

So, moving on, here are her thoughts on gender politics and sexuality.

Having explained before that she’s very much a bisexual person, Jessie said: “I’ve been with guys and I’ve been with girls. And I kind of think it’s about the person not the genitals. A lot of people are like, ‘oh she doesn’t know what she is.’ But I definitely think my generation is more easygoing about it.”

So far so good. Now don’t ruin it by making a silly generalisati…oh.

“I mean, I think it’s harder for boys to be bisexual. I think if a girl’s bi there’s more acceptance because guys like it. Whereas boys get more stereotyped. And girls are a bit like [anxious] ‘Oooh, my boyfriend’s bisexual!”

Bah. Still, at least we’ve always got Colin Firth. He doesn’t ooze ANYTHING.

Do you have a stiff upper lip? Or a pinch of salt? Tell us here.

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By Fraser McAlpine