A commentary and resource on Law and Sexuality by Professor Chris Ashford and guests
I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Adam Lambert sing. I’ve certainly never been one of those men who lust over the American Idol star but he is a global celebrity and successful musician. He’s also done much to clearly position himself as an out gay man. No small thing in the American marketplace.
It was therefore interesting to read over the weekend that Lambert is soon to release his new album entitled ‘Trespassing’ in which he aims to create some controversy. Given this is his second album, it’s perhaps inevitable that he should seek to drum up some publicity and so he reveals that: “Cuckoo is about me acknowledging I’m insane and celebrating that fact. “And Shady is a sleazy, disco funk about cruising for sex, so it will be interesting to see how Middle America interprets that.”
Yes Adam, it will. Quite what he means by cruising is interesting – is he talking coming over (if you pardon the phrase) all George Michael and producing a video with spinning urinals and restroom disco balls? I suspect not. Yet, even if he means cruising as a broad term – to merely denote behaviour that might be regarded as that of a sexual predator – it is an important step in positioning him not merely as a celebrity homosexual but as a celebrity homosexual who has sex with men.
We often forget about the whole sex business in the modern social and legal construction of the homosexual and so it will be interesting to see how ‘middle America’ react to the reminder/realisation that Lambert’s homosexuality is not merely expressed by an excessive fondness of eye liner.