I know I've brought this up before, but this story is irritating me too. While everyone is busy making fun of American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar for his singing talents (or lack thereof), one of the put-downs that often comes up is that he's rather fey.
Now, no one actually comes out and calls him a queer. Instead, they try to find other ways around it by questioning the masculinity of the 17 year old kid. While first it was the transgender morphing of
past winner Kelly Clarkson Katherine McPhee and Sanjaya, today, Maxim magazine has featured the young singer as "Today's Girl." Why is it still acceptable in today's society to demean someone by calling them a girl?
Being female isn't a bad thing. I've never understood it when gay men use something along the lines of "You big girl!" as a putdown. "You big nelly fag" seemed a much more apt description for those of us a little light in the loafers - same purpose and cattiness but without the sexist connotation.
While Sanjaya's mannerisms aren't what I'd call "butch," that doesn't make him unattractive or less able to sing. (Note that a lot of his supporters are young girls who find him dreamy. I think he's rather hot too.) Call me an old grouch if you want, but, damn, can we not judge him for his singing abilities? No one's bringing his race into the discussion as a negative. Can we skip over his sexuality too? His gender? Whether he's left or right-handed?
Because I kind of like his singing. Do I think he's the best? No. That's Melinda Doolittle. But the kid can perform, he's entertaining and most of all, he has a backbone made of steel. Could you stand up to all of this negativity from most of the country and not have crawled back in bed? After all, even Dick Cheney retreats to an "undisclosed location" from time to time to get a respite from the constant attacks.
Check out Sanjaya's latest American Idol performance after the jump. It was, by far, his best to date - even grumpy old Simon liked it. Plus, as an extra bonus, it's not even in English. What would Jesus say?