Posted by Irresponsibility
Generic ex-American Idoler Adam Lambert is — oooh! Shock! Horror! — g-a-y. And when he performed at the American Music Awards he (Shock! Horror!) kissed a man as part of his routine. Homophobia is easily America’s favourite phobia, which is depressing but predictable. It far more irritating when prudish newspaper columnists gussy up their same-sex disgust as concern for public morality — as does a Guardian blogger, writing:
My issue, however, isn’t with the kiss but with the way Lambert has chosen to present his sexuality, particularly in his lyrics. Lambert’s idea of sex is imbued with aggression.
Oh shit. Stop the presses. Music where sex is imbued with aggression? That’s just terrible. Never seen or heard such a thing before. Why the kinky lyrics, like: “”I told you I’m a hold ya down until you’re amazed”? If only modern pop stars were more like those lovely Beatles (“You better run for your life if you can, little girl…Catch you with another man/That’s the end’a little girl”)
Or the Rolling Stones (“Scarred old slave driver know he’s doin alright/Hear him whip the women just around midnight/Ah brown sugar how come you taste so good”)
Or cheeky rockers Guns’n’Roses (“You’re a very sexy girl/That’s very hard to please… I, I wanna hear you scream“)
During his performance Lambert “simulated oral sex” and “cavorted in bondage gear”, prompting the blogger to primly note: “it became clear why an early morning programme would be wary of giving Lambert airtime”. Yikes. She has a point huh? Thank god Madonna, Britney, Christina, Rihanna, et al would never do such a thing.
The hand-wringing is not about sex, aggression, or leather chaps, it’s about our gawd-given right to not be reminded that sometimes boys don’t like girls, they like other boys. Heterosexuals are such delicate creatures.