Random Question: Do Gay Icons Still Exist?
Okay, sluts! It’s time to talk about some gay shit. The topic of “gay icons” started brewing in our minds after our dear acquaintance Jasun Mark (of Gay Daily Hot fame) took a break from posting naked porn stars to write a piece entitled “Judy Garland is no longer considered a ‘Gay Icon’. And that’s a good thing.”
We briefly debated this topic on Twitter. Jasun’s argument is that Judy Garland is no longer relevant to today’s generation of gay men, thereby eliminating her status as a “gay icon”. However, in my opinion, the idea of a gay icon is deeply routed within the history of our culture (if we can even still call it a culture). Once you’re a gay icon, you don’t stop being a gay icon. You’ve earned it.
Now, here’s where my thought process gets tricky. I’m extremely skeptical about whether there’s such a thing as a modern-day gay icon. Just because a bunch of dudes who suck dick enjoy Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, does that necessarily make them “gay icons”? What qualifies a gay icon? Is Judy Garland no longer a gay icon, or is the very idea of a gay icon outdated within our “community”?
These are my questions! You are free to discuss them. Alternatively, you could just roll your eyes and ignore me… Or you could just say you lean towards Jasun’s priceless gem of an answer—“My gay icon is my dick”. ::sigh:: Truer words have never been spoken.
UPDATE: Apparently I missed this article. Oops.