entertainment

MNEK on being a ‘double minority’: 'I am not seen as the template for a Black person'

The 'Head & Heart' singer says trolls have branded him “an abomination”.

2020-11-02

MNEK has discussed being a "double minority" in a new interview.

Speaking to Metro, the out gay singer also spoke out about the trolling he is subjected to on social media.

His comments follow his single 'Head & Heart' with Joel Corry hitting Number One on the UK Singles Chart earlier this year.

"I am not seen as the template for a Black person"

The star - who has produced Little Mix's upcoming album Confetti - said: "Being a minority is one thing, being a double minority - having to grapple with those two identities - there are a lot of layers to it."

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by MNEK (@mnek) on

Talking about the response to his debut 2018 album Language, the 'Tongue' singer continued: "I am not seen as the template for a Black person.

"There were a lot of positive comments on what I was trying to achieve. But definitely negative ones from people who felt I was demoralising the Black experience. That I was an abomination and that the devil was in my eyes.

"These were the comments I was getting."

MNEK continued: "I'm there to open up the conversation, to show there is more than just the Black straight person, there is the Black queer person, the Black trans person - there's not just one thing that people have to accept.

"Being Black is one thing in itself and it's a battle we face every day. The structure of the world - beyond micro-aggressions or type-casting - that tells you white is apparently superior. Then you add the gay thing and it is also a bit alienating."

MNEK, who was the recipient of the Attitude Music Award in 2016, is also known for tracks like 'Never Forget You' with Zara Larsson and 'Valentino' with Years & Years.

The Attitude November issue is out now to download and to order globally.

Subscribe in print and get your first three issues for just £3, or digitally for just £1.54 per issue.