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The Country Still Refuses to Own Its Gay

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | May 21, 2009 |


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We don't actually cover "American Idol" on here anymore. I stopped watching it three years ago, and Seth finally quit at the midpoint of this season. Perhaps our mea culpas, linked, will encourage you to do the same. Life is so much sweeter without it, though it is a little harder to follow along on FM morning shows.

But, I understand there was an upset at last night's finale (I think I also saw over on Twitter that Steve Martin also made an appearance, which hurts my heart immensely). I'd heard the name Adam Lambert a lot the last six months (he was on the cover of EW, which is the only reason I know what he looks like). I'd never heard the name Kris Allen, however. Funny, though: Growing up, whenever I'd ask my father where something was (a city, a country, the laundry, his other shoe), he always remarked kiddingly, "It's on the other side of Conway, son." Conway was about 40 miles from where I grew up, and when I was 10 years old, everything in the world apparently resided on the other side of it. Kris Allen apparently is from there. Poor bastard. Besides one good college (Hendrix) and one mediocre one (UCA), that place is a pit, a crummy freeway town between Little Rock and Fayetteville (I think my sister lives in Conway now, in fact).

Anyway, from bits and pieces I picked up this morning, last night's upset apparently had something to do with the red state/blue state divide. Again. I thought we were done with that after the last election. Correct me if I'm wrong: Lambert is apparently more talented, but ambisexual, and Kris Allen is a 23-year-old hardcore Christian with a wife and kid (of course he is, he's from Conway)? Right? It's kind of a shame, too. With most of New England now allowing gay marriage (it's coming to your town, soon! Hide your kids, or they're going to get The Gay!) I guess I'd begun to think that the country had moved past it. I know Arkansas hasn't, and probably won't for another few decades, but it's perplexing to me that -- of 100 million votes cast nationwide -- the straight guy got more than half, due in some part to the fact that he is the straight gay. And here I was just yesterday celebrating the success of "Glee."

We're still not there, huh? Pisser.

Having not see the show this year, I don't have a lot to add. But, I know some of you still cling to it, which is fine. It took me three years to let it go, so I can't judge. So, for those who did see it, I thought I'd at least give you a space to discuss. Have at it.


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