about the guys in musicals thing

Date: 2010-06-17 03:10 pm (UTC)
OK - I thought about how in the Golden Age of cinema Hollywood and Bollywood had one thing in common.

Musicals.

Lots of them.

With Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra. I wasn't there, but I bet nobody assumed those guys were gay. There was, in fact, no public conversation about what gay meant. Then the liberalization of the sixties came along and mentioning homosexuality was no longer taboo. And my guess is, some people were afraid of this new thing that they could not ignore as they used to. They reached for ways to easily identify it, so it would be less this scary amorphous thing. So it wouldn't be their next door neighbour or the mailman being this thing they were told was supposed to be sinful and repulsive. They took things like singing that weren't 'manly' and recategorised them. Latched on to rock, etc as more ~preferable. Searched for labels and applied them stringently.
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