Friday, January 24, 2014

On being a villain, the 80s, and gay culture becoming normal....aka The only things im interested in talking about.

In the 80s before “gay” was allowed to exist openly it could actually display itself FAR MORE explicitly and creatively than today. Villains were almost always “gay” by todays standards because being a villain gave them license to not be bound by the cultural norms which allows for extravagance, eroticism, asymmetry. With no gay culture being recognized things could go elbow deep into GAYWORLD because it didnt represent anything “real” because gay culture didnt “exist” openly. Its why when you look back at the 80s they seem 10 times more gay then today, because THEY WERE and THEY WERENT AT ALL. Today you could never have He-Man and the Masters of the Universe because everyone is now aware of gay culture and nothing is subversive. Now if something is even slightly gay that person is CLEARLY gay. There is a culture existence to reference that cant be denied. Where as then you werent gay unless you said you were gay. There was kind of “no proof”, you could just be “eccentric” because EVERYONE was eccentric when no out gay culture existed. Now all you have to do is glance in a particular direction and the entire world knows youre gay, who youve fucked, and your moms friend at work is sending you an email on Facebook that she supports you and your choices. Im very happy I had my formative years in that era because I feel like baby gays today didnt get to see all the fun stuff and dont get to have the cloak of mystery we got as kids in the eighties. We were sort of more free in a way. Now if a kid is gay hes allowed to exist openly (hopefully) but that openness doesnt make for very subversive behavior and that need to be clever or dramatic or unique about your identity and that is what builds a creative mind and an interesting person, but then again it also make for a paranoid one potentially.

4 comments:

Stan said...

Excellent point.
You are so "right on."

Phillyguy said...

"Gay culture becoming normal?" Might you happen to have any thoughts about HBO's "Looking?"

David Mason said...

I dont have a tv, so no looking for me :)

Phillyguy said...

No TV?!!!! How are you going to watch Drag Race??!!!!!