Chloe Bailey‘s fans united to support the singer on Monday, July 12, after a Twitter user shamed Bailey for being overtly sexualized on her social media accounts. This initial post comes weeks after the 23-year-old sparked controversy for her performance of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” during the ABC special of “Juneteenth: Together We Triumph.”
The Twitter user stated their thoughts about the “Do It” songstress in an unpopular opinion trend, which amounts to ideas that oppose the conventional norm.
The tweet read, “unpopular opinion: chloe bailey is forcing her sex appeal.” Immediately following that upload, the same user further explained the sole reason they felt that way in an additional tweet. That person wrote, “don’t get me wrong, she fine af but sometimes it gets weird, cringy, extra, etc.”
Although some people agreed with the user, a multitude of others took a stand against the remark. One person named Marcus retweeted a previous post the Twitter user wrote about wanting to be as “fine” as Bailey earlier this year and begged the question, “This you?”
Another individual retweeted the initial unpopular opinion upload and brought up how the “Grown-ish” star isn’t the one female celebrity “forcing her sex appeal.” That person said, “From all the women in the industry, I can promise you Chloe Bailey isn’t the one forcing her sex appeal.”
A final Twitter user queried by asking them why is there an issue with a grown woman owning her sexuality. “How’s she doing too much? She’s grown, super talented, and successful. She’s not getting naked. Not stripping. Not doing porn. What’s the issue? A grown black woman can’t even own her own sexuality without other black women tearing her down. I don’t get it.”
Days following the “unpopular opinion” tweet, actress Gabrielle Union dedicated her Woman Crush Wednesday — a weekly tribute to women — to Bailey. In Union’s Instagram post, she shared a compilation of the singer’s TikTok videos, photos and performances alongside a touching caption “lifting” Bailey in light, despite the social media hate she often receives.
The caption said, This week’s #WCW can do it all – Chloe Bailey. She is a singer, actress, songwriter, and record producer at only 23 years old. Her and her sister, Halle, started off singing on their youtube channel… which landed them an invite on the Ellen Show… and then enter superstardom! The sister duo signed to Beyonce’s record label and began putting out original music. Chloe has graced the screen on some of our favorite shows like Grown-ish and has started putting out solo music that is a must-listen. Chloe continues to be an inspiration for us all that if we follow our dreams anything can be possible. Let us lift her up in the light of goodness and hold her there.”
Upon viewing Union’s dedication, Bailey expressed how much this post meant to her. “This means a lot to me. love you so much, thank you!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.”
Earlier this year, Bailey responded to the backlash she received for her sexy photos and videos. In a tearful IG Live, the “Baby Girl” singer said, “I’ve been like really insecure for a long time, and I’m finally like at that place where I have self-confidence. And I’m really happy that I get to share that with you all and I think it’s so important and so special when a Black woman can be strong and stand in her power in every single way. You know, I do it musically with my songwriting, with my producing, and I feel so badass. And I get the same feeling when I dance in my room, when I just own who I am and my body. And for so long I used to think I was like fat, and like I used to hate my stretch marks and my cellulite,”