A gay indie boy living in suburban South West London recounts his trials and tribulations dealing with sex, sexuality, growing up and getting older

Monday, November 13, 2006

Pop: A Breeding Ground of Repression

They say that boy bands are designed for teenage girls and gay men. Well, kind of figures when they can both scream as loudly as each other. But you have to wonder why it takes so long for people in boy bands to come out. I mean, it's no big surprise when the gay one comes out. For months everyone points at the line up and says; the singer, the rough one, the bad boy, the one no one cares about, the good looking one, and the gay one.

This is the tried and tested formula of the 5 piece boy band.

What amazes me, though, is the amount of gay boy band members who are together. Mark Feelihy (Westlife) and Kevin McDaid (V), Stephen Gateley (Boyzone) came out when he was dating Eloy de Jong (Dutch band called 'Caught in the Act'. No laughing at the back, please). It kind of reminds me of those vapid teenage relationships you have. You know... You're young and confused, someone else kind of feels the same, you both breathe oxygen and this seems to be more than enough to go on for a life affirming relationship. Mainly, I think it's because they both have to repress it so long they take it out on each other.

And who says that coming out is the death of your career? Stephen had loads of hits afterwards like 'New Beginning' and that other one he did... Yeah... But the 'New Beginning' was kind of like 'I'm so gay, I bet I think this song is about me'.

So being gay in pop? Bad idea. Mainly because the kind of people who listen to pop are brainless teenage chavs who say gay to mean something bad or negative. Oh, and gay men who mainly like divas like Kylie and Madonna.


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