Wednesday, September 24, 2008
People Magazine reports that Clay Aiken has finally come out of the closet. Gee, no shock there unless you’re a clueless idiot housewife from Wisconsin – which, judging by the Claymate message boards, is in fact the most vocal chunk of his fan base. Here’s one gem they posted:
"I just feel rather silly now having spent the last 5 years drooling over and being fan girly for a singer I thought was straight and now finding out he is gay. It does change my perception of who he is and how I see him. We always called him our boyfriend and that won't be happening anymore.
Do you, dear? Do you feel silly? That's ok though, it's because he's gay. There's nothing wrong with you. His fault.
Granted the Claymates are the Clay Aiken centric pop cultural version of jihad obsessed Islamic extremists and at once, indicate a clear social problem, a fundamental lack of personal control and may not necessarily represent how most of people who aren’t averse to his work will react. I said MAY not.
My guess is that the idea here was to wait until after his kid was born and to premiere photos of the kid with him on the front cover of a magazine so they could soften the symbols inherent in the blow to his fans. The kid is his link not to heterosexuality but to non-homosexuality. Because the thing is, you can be gay but if you don’t have all the signifiers then people have less of a problem with you market wise.
Of course, it becomes a problem when your fan base are fucked up, delusional idiots but then that’s not always the case. [source]