Adam Lambert and the Making of a Gay Icon
Adam Lambert's taking a lot of heat around the blogosphere for the cover to his upcoming album For Your Entertainment, but I, for one, think it's pretty amazing. Sure, it's out there, but the detail and style of the 80's-era parody is dead on. Adam's clearly in on the humorous, campy joke...that album title drips wit and irony, considering his background as a product of the Idol machine.
More importantly, though, is just how "out" the image is. When's the last time you saw the record industry embrace androgyny to this extent? I have to go at least two decades back, to RuPaul's "Supermodel" moment. Adam's making a breathtaking statement, if you really think about it...this image rejects marketing strategy, parodies the shallowness of mainstream pop, and presents an in-your-face queer icon. It practically dares you to buy it. It eroticizes feminine men in a way we haven't really seen since Bowie. It not only rejects traditional masculinity, it suggests that sexiness comes in many, many, many flavors. Yay for sexy sissy boys!
Long story short: I love it. I'm buying it the day it comes out. And if I'm lucky, I'll buy the poster and hang it in my office. Go Adam!
(Which doesn't mean I've forgiven him for that "Time For Miracles" nonsense on the 2012 soundtrack. I'm going to just pretend that never happened.)