November 12, 2014 at 9:54 pm #403936
Adam Lambert took to Twitter to question whether certain “straight” singers are pandering to Gay audiences…..
“Anyone find it interesting how straight male Pop stars are pandering to Gay audiences lately? Should we be flattered? Progress or strategy?”
Many felt this comment was addressing Nick Jonas. Do you think more straight male singers should embrace Gay audiences? Or is it a desperate bid to gain their attention (specifically a sexually driven musician like Jonas)?I have VERY strong opinions on this. Discuss.November 13, 2014 at 2:19 am #403938
That messy bottom is saying some slick shit, but I agree with her. When little Nicky went to that gay club in NYC, I was like -_- . I’m not knocking it, because I’m from the school of “get $$ bitch!” and the majority of the girls are playing into his/his team’s hand.November 13, 2014 at 3:19 am #403939
Everyone’s pandering to someone nowadays. Not that I’d ever sit through one of his songs.November 13, 2014 at 6:13 am #403940
I don’t know why progress and pandering can’t happen at the same time. I mean, I think it’s basically both of those things at once in this case. It’s progress because, hell, when was the last time a straight male artist, who aims to be taken seriously as well as a sex symbol, has so obviously aimed to their gay fanbase? I can’t remember. But it’s also so obviously pandering. It’s not as simple as Lambert suggests.November 13, 2014 at 8:30 am #403941
It’s definitely pandering. But I think we’ve reached the point in society (i.e. making progress) when artists and musicians can release music that appeals to everyone, including and sometimes exclusively for gay men. This has been going on for a while (Madonna! Xtina! Gaga!), but it’s like no one really even bats an eye any more, which is the beauty of it.November 13, 2014 at 10:14 am #403942
As long as his pandering isn’t as vomit inducing as Macklemore’s smug self or Lady Gaga’s wanting a cookie for something Cher and Madonna have been doing for decades, then I’m good.
Plus every pop star is basically pandering to a 12 year old girl with an iTunes account at this point. That’s why they all “sing” with those baby stripper voices.November 13, 2014 at 11:01 am #403943
Even if he was how is this any different then Britney Spears or Xtina (really most female Pop stars) who use sex to sell records. Marketing sex has been done for years either to straight men or gay. I don’t see a difference we’re all equals.November 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm #403944
I’d rather he pander than say anything negative or nothing at all. At least he’s acknowledging the fact that some of his fans are gay.November 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm #403945
I don’t know why progress and pandering can’t happen at the same time. I mean, I think it’s basically both of those things at once in this case. It’s progress because, hell, when was the last time a straight male artist, who aims to be taken seriously as well as a sex symbol, has so obviously aimed to their gay fanbase? I can’t remember. But it’s also so obviously pandering. It’s not as simple as Lambert suggests.
^Very good point.
If a straight man wants to embrace a gay fan base and make a few bucks at the same time, then why is that a bad thing? As long as he is not leading anyone on or being hypocritical about it (i.e. turning around and making homophobic statements or jokes) then why not? Now whether or not he is talented enough for me to spend my money on him is another thing (personally I find him to be pretty good looking).
Considering there was a time when a straight male artist (TV, Movie, Music, etc.) wouldn’t be caught dead with another gay man, at a gay bar or neighborhood, I think this is a great thing. If he is confident and secure enough in himself to go to gay bars and spend time with his gay fans, then more power to him.
Yes, he may be pandering, but why is that a bad thing?November 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm #403946
Thanks for bringing this up. It inspired me to address it in my Music Minute review on Nick’s album.
http://graemeoneil.com/2014/11/12/review-nick-jonas-nick-jonas/ November 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm #403947
That recent photo of Nick Jonas had me feeling some kind of way. I will lick his body up and down.November 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm #403948
Since there’s no context here, what exactly did Nick Jonas do that Adam Lambert might be referring to?November 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm #403950
He was also just on the cover of Attitude magazine, recently did a “sexy” photo shoot reminiscent of Marky Mark and paraded around in his underwear on Ellen. The dude’s gotta stay relevent somehow I guess.
The thing most of these dudes don’t get is that looking so pressed to obtain a gay following doesn’t really work unless you’re a female pop star. Many of these guys just end up being known as pin up boys forever. It especially doesn’t work if you’re trying to revive your career with sh*t like “Jealous” and you have a really annoying singing voice… I’m sorry I wasn’t meaning to go in.November 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm #403951
I guess you could call it “pandering”, and I think its more complicated than just “baiting” us. In Nick Jonas’s case, I don’t have any problem with it. He’s clearly trying to reach a new audience, probably because hes very aware that his time as a sex symbol to teen girls is long past its peak…. So in his case, I’m all for it, he doesn’t seem to be doing anything disrespectful towards us and so far has never been anything but kind to this community. He at least seems to be embracing us and welcoming us with open arms… Plus his music kinda rocks…. And its also no different or anymore offensive than how an artist like Shakira, Christina, Kesha or Miley market their bodies to male audiences.
I am FAR more offended by the likes of Katy perry and Britney Spears who proclaim to be our allies, but do literally NOTHING to support us. In Katy’s case she’s also produced some of the most homophobic music in the last two decades; have you ever heard Ur So Gay? That song is hugely homophobic and ignorant. And Britney who has been claimed by many gay men as the queen of gays has literally never done a single thing to support our community.