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Boy George: Straight musicians have more influence when advocating for gay rights

  • Harry Underwood

    He has a point. If you go on the idea of a (or any) “gay culture”, the preaching he’s talking about may be more the “in-language” of those who are out LGBT people, for whom things may matter to us but not to straight people (unless those straight folks are either allies who can talk for us or obsessive enemies who rail against us).

    I find this dynamic to be interesting, if unfortunate. It means that straight people will miss more about the complexities of our lives unless straight people talk in our stead and we (especially LGBT politicians) express as little about ourselves as possible.

    • Rumbelow

      Boy George may be right but this isn’t just confined to the world of music is it?

      Perhaps straight people in the political sphere like John Bercow and straight people in sports like Ben Cohen also have more influence when talking supportively about gay issues than gay politicians and gay sports-persons do… or perhaps not.

      Certainly out gay fine-artists like Gilbert & George or David Hockney seem to get pigeon-holed as “gay artists” even when their art has no specifically gay content, something similar happens with out gay actors, it’s hard to measure their influence. Would gay Ian McKellen have any less influence than say straight Helen Mirren if talking supportively about gay issues?

      if Boy George hadn’t already been best known for making cute retorts like “I prefer a cup of tea (to having sex)” and if he instead consistently spoke more honestly and openly about homosexuality and gay issues generally he wouldn’t be thought of as a fey flake, ex-addict and criminal not to be taken entirely seriously, but then he wouldn’t be the complex individual he is, love him or hate him.

      I have a big soft spot for Boy George myself, really like his recent output too, nice to see him back on track musically.

  • Silly Old Bastard

    Some of us old school see him as a creep….

    • Rehan

      Perhaps, but what does that have to do with the point he’s making?

      • Silly Old Bastard

        You’re right. You’re quite good at this blogging lark.

  • vversatile

    Good piece in the Independent today about why we shouldn’t give this vile ex-criminal the oxygen of publicity.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/boy-george-bad-karma-9185122.html

    • Rumbelow

      Thank you for the link, I value Patrick Strudwick’s investigative journalism.

      Otherwise lovable rogue George O’Dowd always did seem to have that other quite unpleasant brutish and nasty villainous side to him and his various periods of active addiction would have only served to exaggerate it. I would doubt George feels anything like remorse for his actions towards his victim other than remorse for getting caught, found guilty and punished with a stay in prison.

      One can only hope Boy George concentrates on his music now and manages to avoid addictive substances and the associated behaviour that bring him and by association all gay people into disrepute.

  • Rehan

    “If you’re gay doing that song people think you’re preaching. No, it’s my life. It’s the same as a guy speaking about his girlfriend. For some reason when you’re gay people think you only talk about being gay.

    He’s so right, it’s a strange quirk, and one without any direct parallels in any other context that I can think of offhand.

  • Johnny

    He makes some valid points. Sometimes wider society listens to straight allies more than LGBT people. I’m wary that I sound preachy when talking about LGBT subjects. But he’s incorrect when he calls Lady Gaga a straight woman, she’s an out bisexual woman.

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