Far from just congratulating urbane audiences for being in the know while laughing at white trash wrestling fans, I think Cohen reveals to the viewer how easily embarrassed mainstream gay audiences can be and how quickly people raise the alarm on homophobia for obviously satirical or comic films. People are much slower to suggest that films in which gays are shown to be insufferably good or neat or tasteful are also homophobic in that they too lack range when it comes to representing queer character.
Category: Pop Culture
Brüno? Color me ünconvinced
By Tavia Nyong’o That Bruno was more or less what I expected should have come as no surprise: by the time the movie opened last weekend, it had been subjected to so much advance media coverage that, it turns out, we are all now familiar with about 75% of the stunts in the film, even […]
How Straight is Adam Lambert?
By Tavia Nyong’o A dirty little secret about American Idol finalist Adam Lambert: a lot of gay men dislike him too. The “shrill,” ” campy,” “theatrical,” “vegas act” epithets thrown at him as he advanced to finals on the recent Idol season were also hurled by many queers who found him equally grating. Now that […]
Guyliner and Glass Closets
Do you care whether American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert (seen here in “Clockwork Orange” drag) officially comes out of the closet? Is he even in it, in your opinion? And regardless of when or whether he ever sings to the tune of our confessional culture, will he make an impact on queer representation in pop […]