Child star comes out on TikTok

Saddler Emory, Business Manager

Any hardcore Jojo Siwa fan has been on this adventure with the teen star since her days on “Dance Moms.”

Viewers were able to watch the young dancer grow up into the teen star and the inspiration she is today. From her “Dance Moms” days to Nickelodeon and YouTube, the teen star also is a fashion icon with her infamous hair bows.

Last week, Siwa posted a Tik Tok with her lip-syncing to “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga. The Tik Tok went viral with over 41 million views on the platform. 

The video sparked interest in Siwa’s sexuality and fans began to wonder if the video had a deeper meaning. 

Siwa danced as she lip-synced to the words, “No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track baby I was born to survive!”

Many users of the app thought that it was her coming out as being part of the LQBTQ+ community. After the video went viral many LGBTQ+ social media influencers congratulated the teen star on her coming out. 

This is a monumental moment for the LQBTQ+ community because of the influence that the teen star possesses. 

Two days after posting the Tik Tok, Siwa posted a picture of herself on Twitter with a shirt that says, “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.” 

It was her confirming that she is a member of the LGBTQ+ community; but, on her Instagram live stream, Siwa went into how she doesn’t plan on revealing her sexuality to the public because she is, “keep things in my life private until they are ready to be public.”

Siwa also went into detail about how she is so thankful for the responses that she has received; but she has also had her fair share of trolls. 

Many parents of pre-teens and younger children who are fans of Siwa have said that they will not allow their children to buy any of her merchandise, watch her on TV or follow her on social media anymore because of her announcement. 

When someone has the courage to come out to the people they love, it is an important moment for anyone. Deciding whether or not to come out to a culmination of over 23 million followers on social media is a big decision. 

Many people forget that Siwa is a 17-year-old teenager and just because she is in the public eye, does not mean that she is immune to distasteful comments. 

An article written in Vogue magazine by journalist Emma Specter talks about the impact that Jojo Siwa already has on the LGTBQ+ community by her coming out. 

Specter goes on to write about her own coming out and how it was still a monumental accomplishment for her.  

“On the surface, Siwa and I have little in common except for our sexualities. She’s an internationally famous child star, which makes her coming out an infinitely bigger deal,” said Specter.

Siwa made her first appearance on “Dance Moms” in the fourth season. She later left the show during its sixth season.

Siwa left the show because she had signed a contract with the children’s channel, Nickelodeon. This is where Siwa’s acting chops were put to the test. Her first appearance on the channel was as a guest star on Nickelodeon’s “Ultimate Halloween Haunted House” in 2016. 

The young dancer and actress quickly rose through the ranks and had her own television series by 2018. 

“The Jojo and BowBow Show Show” ran for 2 seasons and still is a regular on the channel, with guest spots and short movies. 

Siwa also has 12.1 million subscribers on YouTube, 10.4 million followers on Instagram, 595.8 thousand followers on Twitter and 1,120,461 million followers on Facebook. 

With such a huge following, she has been able to create and sell her iconic bows. As of now, her net worth is over 14 million. 

Overall, Siwa’s coming out is something of a cultural phenomenon. 

She was able to come out and be her authentic self, while still being able to continue with her social media exploits. It is because of Siwa that children who are struggling with their sexuality will have someone to look up to and say, “she’s like me.”