I posted the other day that Adam Lambert's performance was actually kind of boring, nothing new, not really shocking. Of course, I'm not a Real American. Not only that, I'm constantly being crushed under my own massive ennui. So it turns out that some people were pissed at his performance.
ABC's Good Morning America decided to cancel his performance on their show. No word yet on any attempts by ABC to block out sexual straight performers like Britney Spears or the sexually racist Gwen Stefani. This move follows 1500 complaints that people wrote in to complain.
Every time I think that we can't be any more bland, something like this happens to remind me that we're still fringe, that we do still pisses people off, and, if fully-clothed gay sexuality aired at 11pm can still get people to write enough angry letters about the childrenz to shut down a concert, then Americans still have a deep problem with homosexual sex.
It's enough of a problem that 365gay.com's editor says that performance set back the movement:
Whereas just over a year ago it seemed like gay marriage was an inevitable wave sweeping the country - and a tsunami in New England, New Jersey and New York - now it feels like the tide has turned. The hate crimes bill victory was followed by a vicious hate crime in Puerto Rico. We have hearings on ENDA, which could go either way. We have Don't Ask, Don't Tell hearings which are being put off until 2010. We have a President who isn't sure he is our friend.
And what is the mainstream most worried about, Adam Lambert? Why are they afraid of our partnerships, our service to our country, our working lives, our families? They are worried because they think gay life is exactly what you portrayed on the American Music Awards: focused on the kind of sex that turns people into animals (almost literally, in this case, with crawling dancers leading you on leashes), geared toward enticing children (ABC is a network owned by Disney, for heaven's sake), degrading, rapacious, empty.
This is why mainstream America votes against gays, Adam Lambert. Not because of people who have families and jobs and bills and weddings. Because of people like you, who use sexuality thoughtlessly in order to advance your own agenda, instead of thinking about the very real consequences your actions will have on others' civil rights.
You see, Adam Lambert's performance travelled back in time and made people in 2008 in California and a few weeks ago in Maine so scared of gay sex that they voted against us. It was that shocking.
It seems like a given to me that before any sort of visibility of gay and lesbian people happened, way back in the day, people had a problem with gay male sex. Mainly because of their own anxiety around sodomy and subconscious belief that sodomy was death, but also because we transgressed rigid gender lines and because it's obvious we have sex for pleasure, not procreation.
And just like there are prominent people in the community who think that the gender transgressors among us are setting us back, that the reason we haven't gotten our wish list through Congress yet is because of the femmy boys on TV poorly representing gay America, there are folks like Vanasco who think that, since one of the biggest problems people have with gay people is gay sex, we should force gay sex back into the closet.
The truth is, we don't know why our efforts are stalling even though most of what we want is already pretty popular with Americans and the Democrats control both houses and the presidency. So some people have created all sorts of myths about why we haven't already won, including the femmy boys, black people, transgender people, working at the state-level, letting demands for specific legislation "water down" our message, and an actual laundry list of hobgoblins constructed because we just don't know what we're doing wrong.
People do have a problem with gay sex, I'll agree. But forcing it back in the closet hasn't solved anything. We saw marriage amendment after marriage amendment pass while the sex-less Will Truman was the best-known gay man in fly-over country. The no-sex gay best friend to a trendy straight girl was a cliché long before Prop 8 passed. Our strategy has generally been to avoid the entire topic of sex and hope that people believed in equality, justice, yada yada yada.
But, whether we discuss it or not, whether we show it or not, and whether we glamorize it at the AMA's or not, people are thinking about gay sex when they vote. One would think we'd eventually address that.