Director Abdellatif Kechiche filmed the 10-minute lesbian sex scene in "Blue Is the Warmest Color" between two straight actresses by focusing on what he found beautiful. Some lesbian viewers, however, disagree with him on the "beauty" of that scene.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender arts magazine Posture had four lesbian women view the lengthy "Blue Is the Warmest Color" sex scene between stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos and offer their opinions. While some admitted the scene was sexy, they did have some reservations.
"I thought it was hot, at the beginning," said a reviewer named Taylor, "and then it got a little ridiculous when they kept switching sex positions every 10 seconds. And [it] started to feel kind of like an infomercial for a kitchen product, where they're trying to, like, showcase all the things it can do. Like, 'Oh, it can chop, it can slice, it can dice and it can mince and puree, and it can eat out your asshole."
Some thought "ass-play" was a bit too much, while others thought it was all pretty unconvincing.
"I think it was overall pretty boring," said another viewer, named Zie. "And I think it was also pretty obviously two straight women attempting to have sex on camera for pay, go figure. Yeah, haven't seen that one before."
Many have taken issue with the sex scene in the French flick, which is based on a 2010 graphic novel by Julie Maroh and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Maroh herself has also weighed in.
In a blog post written in May, Maroh described the interaction as a "brutal and surgical display, exuberant and cold, of so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn, and [made] me feel very ill at ease. Especially when, in the middle of a movie theater, everyone was giggling."
The actresses accused Kechiche of mistreatment during filming, saying they were left feeling "embarrassed" and "ashamed" by what he made them do.
"One day you know that you’re going to be naked all day and doing different sexual positions," Exarchopoulos explained to The Daily Beast in September, "and it’s hard because I’m not that familiar with lesbian sex."
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In his memoir <em>Who I Am: A Memoir by Pete Townshend</em>, this musician <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/oct/09/who-i-am-pete-townshend-review" target="_blank">confirmed</a> that he is "probably bisexual" and cited his attraction to Mick Jagger, calling him "the only man I've ever seriously wanted to fuck."
Kanye West's ex-girlfriend has long been perceived to be openly bisexual without actually addressing the way she identifies. In an interview with Complex magazine, the model <a href="http://www.afterellen.com/amber-rose-addresses-all-of-the-rumors/08/2009/" target="_blank">sought to clarify the rumors</a>: "They label me a bisexual freak stripper that fucks Kanye on a daily basis. To answer that: I’m extremely open with my sexuality. I can be in love with a woman, I can be in love with a man. I’m not into bestiality, but as far as humans go, I definitely find beauty in everybody, whether they’re heavy-set, super-skinny, if they’re white, black, Indian, Asian, Spanish. I can see beauty in anybody. I’m not into threesomes or orgies and shit like that. If I see a women and I think she’s beautiful and I like her, and she likes me back we can definitely try to be in a relationship together."
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Popular culture has attempted to portray Jessie J as a lesbian for quite some time, including in <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/19/jessie-j-lesbian-rumors-biography-_n_1438372.html" target="_blank">an unauthorized biography by Chloe Govan</a>. The book itself forced Jessie J to clarify her sexual preference, as <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2131903/Jessie-J-denies-lesbian-outed-unauthorised-book.html?ito=feeds-newsxml" target="_blank">reported by The Daily Mail</a>. At the time she reportedly stated, "I've never denied it... If I meet someone and I like them, I don’t care if they're a boy or a girl."
The first lady to ever come out in "Lady's Home Journal" as bisexual, "Biggest Loser" coach and personal trainer Jillian Michaels <a href="http://www.autostraddle.com/jillian-michaels-comes-out-27226/" target="_blank">told the magazine in 2010</a>: “Let’s just say I believe in healthy love. If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. As long as you fall in love… it’s like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love!”
"Real Housewives Of Atlanta" star Kim Zolciak was in public relationships with both the mysterious "Big Poppa" and DJ Tracy Young before marrying Kroy Biermann. In a 2010 interview with Life & Style, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/real-housewife-kim-zolcia_n_511870.html" target="_blank">interviewers posed the following question for the reality queen</a>: "Q: Do you feel you're giving a voice to other bisexual parents? A: I'm among the millions of parents who have been in a gay or lesbian relationship. It hasn't been an easy road lately, but I feel there are no mistakes in my life. Everything happens for a reason. To have the opportunity to speak for myself and to have people understand what I'm going through is really special. I myself was confused and scared at first. Being able to speak from my heart and get this all out, it's a huge relief for me."
Tila Tequila is not one to shy away from anything. The former Myspace celebrity did <a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/tila_tequila/season_1/series.jhtml" target="_blank">several reality shows</a> centered around identifying as bisexual, beginning with "A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila." She was also the girlfriend of Casey Johnson, the Johnson & Johnson heiress, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/04/johnson-johnson-heiress-d_n_411175.html" target="_blank">at the time of her death</a>.
While formerly married to Blake Fielder-Civil, the late Amy Winehouse<a href="http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/entertainment-news/2010/02/01/amy-winehouse-claims-bisexuality" target="_blank"> reportedly told friends that she was bisexual, claiming that</a>, "There is something about being with a woman that is very satisfying. I don't care what people think about me being bi -- I do what feels good."