New York Magazine has run a really well written profile feature that basically sums up Clay Aiken better than ever before. Basically, he’s that weird blend of L A constructed identity that has an edge to it reminiscent of a hyper focused Republican political campaign; he’s completely quarantined his sexual identity for the sake of marketability:
Surely he must have needs.“Ah think maybe I don’t! I mean, not really. I’ve just kind of shut it off, maybe. Is that bad?”
Because he knows his fan base don’t believe in gay. Or, maybe he’s just too freaked out to realize they probably wouldn’t care. To come out would risk profits and potential. They have a business plan, after all...
Plus, he plays the hick dummy which is essentially what right wingers like Joe Scarborough and Bill O’Reilly do; they channel the simplistic headspace of their primary demographic and then assume a leadership role for that collective of people by explaining how much they don’t know and how unsophisticated they are.
What we can ascertain from this piece is that Clay Aiken is every bit as freakish and weird as has been rumoured; I bet he’s like Reece Witherspoon or Joan Crawford behind closed doors. He gets out his rifle, drops the southern hick accent and demands results from his people. Also, that he’s like Tom Cruise in the sense that he’s probably gay but he’s so focused on work that it’s like he’s rendered himself asexual – well, until he pops up on Manhunt again.
Incidentally, Randy Jones from the Village People told me that Tom Cruise gave him a blow job back in the early 80s. We were at a party the other night and he was completely calm about the story which makes me think it’s true. He doesn’t actually lie about things like that, I guess because he doesn’t really have to. [source]