Recently George Michael was caught at Hempstead Park (nicknamed Hempstead Heat because it's known for illicit homosexual liasons) with another man.
When approached by the tabloid reporter he screamed, "Are you gay? No? Then fuck off! This is my culture."
I'm not gay-- but over the years I've made the acquaintance of plenty of people who are gay or bi-- and in knowing them I developed a general "live and let live" policy.
Maybe it's just me here, but I think if I WERE gay I'd be downright insulted by Michael's reaction. Granted it was in the heat of the moment and I'd probably be pissed too if some tabloid reporter were poking around trying to catch me getting jiggy. So I understand everything except for the last bit of Michael's reaction. But I still don't think that excuses his "This is my culture." remark.
If anything it's perpetuating a rather negative stereotype of gay culture and the gay lifestyle-- and maybe my experiences with homosexuals have generally been the exceptions, not the rules, but I really don't think loitering around public parks looking to get one's jollies is really genuinely part of gay culture so much as a negative stereotype about gay culture which has been perpetuated by a certain segment of the gay population who does indeed do that.
And is that really a stereotype that the gay population as a whole wants to continue perpetuating? Something tells me, not so much.
I'm anxious and curious to see what the rest of you have to say about this.
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