In a rant on Gawker today, Richard Lawson asserted that Adam Lambert is hurting gay America, something I’ve been thinking for months now. “Just can it with the coy shit,” he screams at the American Idol runner-up:
“You can’t really call yourself a role model, I don’t think in this post-Prop 8 bullshit era of codified homophobia, while completely playing ‘tee heeeeee’ with the press about something as fundamental and unchangeable as who you like to put your junk into. Is it anyone’s business? Of course it’s not. But would it be nice, just for fucking once, for a clearly gay, currently popular (and that’s fleeting, Mary. Don’t think it isn’t. You’re gonna be whistling the national anthem at state fairs come this time next year) to step up to the plate and say ‘You know what? Forget my own career, I’m gay. I’m well-liked (currently) and visible and I’m a proud gay American’? Yes that would be really nice. Because it would be honest and brave and true and exactly what (in some small part) the struggling gay youth of America needs. A person who everyone loved who also just happens to be gay.”
The rant goes on and on making all sorts of fabulous sense, and ends with a big SO FUCKING WHAT if he comes out on the cover of Rolling Stone next week. And I totally agree. “TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE,” I say. We are at a pivotal point in gay history, where every bit of support matters. He should have been there at the Prop 8 rallys and the marches, using his new celebrity to do more than further his own career (and using his “coming out” as a ploy to sell more issues). I’m beginning to think Kris Allen was the best choice after all.