Many people online are speculating — and celebrating — that US comedian Jerrod Carmichael may have come out as bisexual or queer.
Over the weekend, Carmichael premiered the first of two episodes of his new special Home Videos on HBO. In the two-part docuseries, Carmichael sits down and has intimate, informal conversations with family and friends.
In the first episode, Carmichael, 31, talks with his mother, Cynthia, where she lives in North Carolina.
The conversation turns to Cynthia’s husband and his numerous affairs. As they talk, Carmichael asks his mother if she’s ever been attracted to women.
She responds with a simple no, before Carmichael adds: ‘I’ve hooked up with dudes before.’
Cynthia takes the comment in stride and replies to her son: ‘Well, ok. That’s your option. I like men.’
There is no more discussion of this comment, or Carmichael’s sexuality, but it was enough to make people on Twitter celebrate and question if it really was a coming out moment.
What people are saying
Jerrod Carmichael has had sex with men before? pic.twitter.com/6nLNcHSj5E
— a princess diana stan account (@seabethree) May 12, 2019
Jerrod Carmichael just kinda casually dropped he a bisezzual icon huh? Amazing.
— frances bacon mccausland. (@martyrculture) May 13, 2019
In #HomeVideos Jerrod Carmichael:
⚫️Gave the mic to black women
⚫️Mentioned exploring his sexuality like an afterthought
⚫️Told his mother she's beautiful and doesn't have to stay with his dad after rampantly cheating
I liked him already but I might have to stan pic.twitter.com/lXCV1O6hww
— I be writing or whatever (@KashleeBanx) May 13, 2019
People also praised Carmichael for centering these conversations around black women.
What Jerrod Carmichael does with #HomeVideos is a fascinating look into his relationship to the black women in his life. We should all be centering black women this way and having these conversations. #HBO #HBOPartner
— Travon Free (@Travon) May 12, 2019
It specifically focuses on black womens voices & conversations Jerrod Carmichael has with the black women in his life. I definitely think it’ll spark some good timeline topics as well. pic.twitter.com/6rDWFnMerX
— Bria Celest (@55mmbae) May 11, 2019
Who is Jerrod Carmichael?
At 20, Carmichael moved to Los Angeles to pursue stand-up. He landed some small gigs before getting his big break in the 2014 comedy film Neighbors.
In 2015, NBC picked up his eponymous sitcom Carmichael. It ran for three seasons before Carmichael announced he’d be leaving to pursue other projects. The show earned good reviews for its handling of topics like Black Lives Matter, LGBTI issues, gun control, and more.