In Her review for ‘Entertainment Weekly’, Melissa Marez seems to have an issue with gay life. READ IT HERE.
I shall not argue her ‘points’, just the obvious judgmental and/or hate statements.
1. First just change every reference to gay or gay lifestyle to a reference to race and/or colour……..I’ll wait. It makes for quite judgmental statements when viewed form the ‘race’ angle.
“Adam Lambert might be the only American Idol alum who considers purple eyeliner a daytime look…..
Reinforces view that men should not wear make-up. Not sure if Melissa usually writes about music, but their is a kinda large history of men in music wearing make-up. Not just the great early New York punk bands, but every artist that made 70’s music so brilliant in England raided his girlfriends make-up bag. So actually, many men consider any makeup ‘acceptable’.
3. So it’s hard to understand why it took him so long to make his big gay dance-club album……..
Not a straight dance club album, only for ‘gay clubs’? Why does she presume, because he is gay he only made this album for gay people, or it should or shall only be heard by gay people? Seems a very separatist view.
4. Even after he came out in 2009, the eighth-season runner-up didn’t stop flirting with the straight crowd, indulging in classic-rock guitars and gender-neutral pronouns on his debut, For Your Entertainment………….
He was always out. Remember FOX News showed a picture of him with his tongue half way down a mans throat? So I don’t really believe he can be accused of ‘lying or hiding’ from the straight world in a clever attempt into listening to his ‘gay music’. This whole view that music is made for one ‘type’ of person or music is gay is very limiting. And do ‘straight people’ only like ‘rock/love songs’? Her language is so judgmental of everyone involved as a audience.
5. But on Trespassing, he’s left the closet far behind — defending gay marriage (”Outlaws of Love”) and celebrating what happens when two consenting adults love each other enough to share their safe words (”Chokehold”).
Look, I could continue with a line by line dissection, but you get the idea. She ends with faint praise whilst bemoaning the fact he talks about gay life as if it is a normal thing that should be discussed in polite company. Why is she so angry about a gay man singing about his emotions? Why can she only view him a gay man and not just as a human being? Why does she credit the collaborators for all the success for the ‘terrific’ first half, but the complete album is a failure because he veers off into ‘gay laden emotion’? How are emotions gay, or defined by his sexuality?
Cheer up, Glammy. It’s nothing a little makeup remover can’t fix……
So much wrong with that can’t even begin………except it makes me mindful of this great writing from ‘Torch Song Trilogy’……
Try and imagine the world
the other way around.
Imagine every book, every magazine,
every tv show, every movie
was telling you you should be homosexual.
You know you’re not.
In the World According to Melissa Marez, it would seem there is no place for ‘a gay life’. Shame she believes the world should be so limited and spreads her views in a national magazine and website………..And a shame Time/Warner allows casual employees to express such repressive, antiquated and reductive views of the modern world.
AN EXAMPLE OF ‘ONLY GAY’ EMOTIONS ON FULL AND OPEN DISPLAY.