It will speak volumes about how some people feel about men who are willing to display a non-hyper masculine identity and the blurring of gender. I won’t state the he is gay because I don’t know…but he has a certain flair. So it’s telling how the judges and the viewing/voting audience respond to him. He is tremendously talented and I’d certainly hope the handlers weren’t planning on basing his career on appealing to the tween crowd.
Personally I’d love for him to win and not have to hide his orientation regardless of how he identifies. It’s 2009 and it’s high time we have an openly gay Idol. It’s also time for someone to really be able to define themselves artistically without being pushed into a tightly-controlled package. This week’s Idol was Disco and it was mostly one big yawn. As an aside I have to say that I don’t like the way Lil Rounds is being treated by the judges. For she also isn’t adhering to whatever expectations they are trying to hold her to either. It only shows how they’re not interested in nurturing talent but generating product with no soul.