Sunday, 21 October 2012

They're here, they're queer, should we have to get used to it?

Hello Homosapiens…… It's me once again your Marbie and today's post I'm going to talk to you dudes and dudettes about contestants and how they have been perceived.
The times of dark has come upon us once again, being a gay Omega for you dudes and dudettes, I feel obliged to speak on the matter of true representation and the fake. Over the years, gay guys in talent shows have been seen in a few shades of grey lights and some of which have made starts out of them, whilst others make a sheer mockery of a group.
Being gay, a person should not have to feel pigeon holed into this camp, cabaret, promiscuous, effeminate, and loud-mouthed letterbox, I think Stonewall has done so much for the gay community that really should one have to be subjected to seeing such discriminating mirrors of a group?

"Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of women and men who had been active in the struggle against  Section 28 of the Local Government Act.
Section 28 was an offensive piece of legislation designed to prevent the so-called 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools; as well as stigmatising gay people it also galvanised the gay community.
The aim from the outset was to create a professional lobbying group that would prevent such attacks on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals from ever occurring again. Stonewall has subsequently put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda by winning support within all the main political parties and now has offices in England, Scotland and Wales." 
However times have not changed for the best but, loopholes have been created in order to stigmatise the gay community once again. Social networking sites have played a  part also however being gay or coming out as gay always seems to create a massive attack of interest (Pause). 
Lets look at some of these contestants I'm talking about and why I feel, these contestants need to be truer to themselves and not allow a production team to take charge and actually make them take heed in what they as individuals are and where they see the future. 
Contestant Numero Un:
Will Young: Born 20 January 1979, he entered the talent show which was all the rage 'Pop Idol UK" in  2002. He has a remarkable voice and all though at first glance and hearing, he was quaint, not so outspoken, seemed to be sure of himself, yet was still in the mentally closed doors and padlocked closet. He ended up winning the contest against runner up Gareth Gates, whom everyone assumed was gay because of his boyish Bel Ami, twink looks. However Mr Young is an exception from what I want to say. He didn't through out his performances do the whole cabaret thing, thing that gay guys obviously love (?), but was this due to him not being publicly gay or due to the fact that his personality alone proved that not all gay guys are raging, glits and glamor, wannabe icons, who listen to Eurovision  backlog cds. I really don't mean to single out a group, not scratch that I do. But there are plenty of other groups within the gay community that will say "Fuck all that, I am nothing like that" which I'm glad Mr Young, multi-platinum selling artist turned semi actor has not been or become. 

Contestant Numero Deux: (Un cote en noir)
Such a talent
Lascel Woods: 21 year old, young black guy, whose career was almost broken before it had started simply because participated in an act that fairly most of them population of adult age (some in their teen) have probably done, have done and have thought about doing. Demonised for his private life, Lascel was then booted out of the competition for an online line video clip recorded (reported) by an on looker chatting with him, it was also reported that you had to pay £5 to watch the clip of him having some fun with himself, but hey if it was he who uploaded the video, we all have to make money somehow right? Thou shall not hate. To be honest I'm glad he got booted off because his career can now blossom into something he wants with closed doors opened and nothing to hide. His past is nothing to be ashamed about, he did what he saw fit in that time, demonisation of ones past is one of the many downfalls of the homosapien race. 

Contestant numero trois: The loud-mouth
George Gerasimou: Youngling in age and even younger in mind. George, after an excruciatingly, tone deaf performance I was left to believe that he was born partially deaf and forgot his hearing aids at home. Of not just the fault of his own, but his friends and family allowed and probably encouraged him to audition for X-Factor not once but twice was a big mistake. The first time didn't go so well for him, due to his fiery temper and then he went back for a second chance, with the same mentality trying to be sweet, kind of like putting icing sugar and cherries on top of some runny dog shit and thinking it's going to improve the look and taste. Not meaning to go in hard on poor George, but honey you did yourself no favours. Yes Mr Gerasimou, a young gay man-child, born and raised in North London (and open gay on sites such as Facebook and BGClive), is yet another stereotype of gay people not being able to make a cage for their tongues and closing their teeth. Not only was he lippy, he was vile at attacking judges, particularly Tulisa (Contostavlos), whom also was reported to making an adult orientated clip, which has not broken her career, but maybe Lascel that's because she was already famous??? SO G.G and all that jazz, teeth closure is your best bet, to a better life sometimes. 

Contestant Numero quatre: Professional 
Marcus Collins: Born 15 May 1988, in Liverpool, mixed race sexylicous dude. Mr Collins entered the X-factor competition in 2011 the same year as the loud mouth above. No he didn't win, but he seemed to stay true to his roots by being himself and not over compensating for being gay. Why would he? With such talent he had no reason do and although he didn't win, like Lascel Wood, has a career in front of him if he wants it. The production team did in some weeks attempt to camp him up with his song choice but that old saying comes to mind "A leopard never changes it spots, so why would you trust a chameleon?" Collins is a true Leopard and showed the world that gay men do not have to be male counterparts of their female idols. Marcus, unlike Will young was openly gay and had no need to become a flamboyant starling of the competition because his talent was there to prove he was worthy, even if he did not win in the end, but one wonders if he had been quite what would the outcome have been then? another winner like Will? Lets not ponder. 

Contestants numero Cing et Six: Camp came back in full blown Carry-on style

No we all love something to watch and it seem my heterosexual homosapiens love something to watch and scry on more than I. 
Rylan Clark 2012
Johnny Robinson 2011
Rylan  Ross Clark and Johnny Robinson, two of the most campest, flamboyant contestants we've seen so far make it to the live shows (I've forgotten to mention Joe Mcelderry oh well). These two young and hagged men possibly have no future in the music or any other industry becuase of what Talent shows have done their best attempts to destroy them completely regardless if that was their intention. Hate mail and death threats have been sent to both of these men and all for what, because they were over the top or just could sing (ahem Ry(cough)lan). The two of their acts has sparked yet trivial belief that gay guys are that exactly, camp, loud and full of themselves. Entertaining to watch? Not for most gay guys who hate the fact that Dorothy has not laid down her shoes and gone to rest, permanently because of false-onesided representation. I think the dawn of gays want to follow the yellow brick road to the rainbow city has gone now, just as the black, pick a bell of cotton days have gone.  But these two hopefuls are prime examples of wanting fame so much that they lost site of what the public will look at in the bigger picture. Neither of them and this is my opinion only would make a long lived career in the music industry, maybe a year or so in TV as a joke for the people and I rather my people (so to speak) aren't made fun of, many before us have worked to hard for us to be accepted for these shows to just stigmatise us in their legal, loophole way. 
Some of these songs they gave these men were obviously intended for women to sing or were sung by women, why on earth would you mock a male who is sexually attracted to males by giving them these choices. 
My point, if not clear, is that many aren't happy with the perception of gay people in the media yet nothing has changed, but if it were the old fashioned cartoons of stereotype, borderline racist visions there would be up-roar and plenty would be done to change it. Take stand of who you are and make those complaints, because without our voice change will never come. 

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