Music producer Mark Ronson made headlines last week when he went on Good Morning Britain and said, “I feel like I identify as sapiosexual.”
Ronson’s self-revelation came after author Nichi Hodgson appeared on the show earlier in the hour, where she explained the term to audiences.
“The definition of sapiosexuality means intelligence first,” Hodgson said. “I have dated men, women, transmen, transwomen, and across the gender spectrum and identify now as bisexual. The thing that has linked all these people has been their brains.”
44-year-old Ronson, who co-wrote Lady Gaga‘s hit “Shallow,” heard Hodgson as he waiting backstage. When it was his turn to be interviewed, he told the show’s hosts that he’d never heard the term “sapiosexuality” before, and that learning about it sparked a revelation within himself.
The hosts responded by applauding Ronson for being “out and proud.”
Soon, headlines like Mark Ronson Courageously Comes Out Of The Closet As Sapiosexual and Mark Ronson Identifies as Sapiosexual: ‘I Didn’t Know There Was a Word For It’ began flooding the internet.
But folks on Twitter haven’t quite as moved by Ronson’s on-air revelation…
Mark Ronson is sapiosexual which means he’s attracted to people for their intellect. Which is cool. And I’m glad he’s found so many beautiful women under 35 whose intellect he’s attracted to x
— shon faye. (@shonfaye) September 20, 2019
I’m not sure claiming that you won’t fuck an idiot makes you queer, you guys
— Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) September 19, 2019
Sapiosexual Mark Ronson has been unlucky only to ever find intelligence in very beautiful young women. Not a wizened old man or nondescript middle aged person among his partners.
— Michael Hann (@MichaelAHann) September 20, 2019
can't believe out dot com claimed mark ronson as queer bc he said he was a sapiosexual when the only people who say that are straight men who cum on their bookshelves
— jared richards (@jrdjms) September 20, 2019
Proud to announce that I’m coming out as incredibly annoyed. https://t.co/jwrck0Xvyx
— Daniel Summers (@WFKARS) September 19, 2019
“I like a girl who reads” -mark ronson
— molly (@sansjunperos) September 19, 2019
mark ronson didn’t even “come out as sapiosexual” he was talking to the producers of gma about finding himself attracted to smart ppl & they said “you are sapiosexual” and he was like “yeah, I didn’t know that there was a word for it” ?
— Sofi the gemini ? (@drugsbalIads) September 19, 2019
mark ronson sneaking into the library, finding a book and pinching its tiddy
— Deirdre (@figgled) September 21, 2019
According to Psychology Today, a sapiosexual is a person who “finds intelligence and the human mind to be the most sexually attractive feature for a potential sexual relationship.”
As far as we know, Ronson has only ever been romantically linked with cisgender women. He was married to French model Joséphine de La Baume for six years. Prior to that, he was with actress Rashida Jones. And last February, he attended the Academy Awards with SNL talent executive Rebecca Schwartz.
Ronson has not issued any further comment since “coming out” last week.
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