Thursday, March 10, 2011

Religion of the Insecure

Kudos to you, Pop music industry, for recognizing that the 2010 surge in Gay Teen Suicide was a serious issue to be addressed. As a bleeding-heart liberal, I am all for the promotion of gay rights as human rights and human equality everywhere, and no one should feel society hates them for who they are or who they love! But the actual subject of this blog is how pop music has been addressing this in recent months...

Lady Gaga has set the standard for embracing her LGBT following: this has included fighting for marriage and military equality, doing all kinds of things to fight "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." But her recent song and video - Born This Way - is the highlight. I mean, the video opens with sparkly rainbow Unicorns inside of a pink triangle: a combination of a bunch of LGBT insignia.

The Message of "Born This Way" is be proud of who you are, and if you face opposition it's because you were 'born to be brave!' And everyone is beautiful in their own way, an overall feel-good song that goes out of it's way to list EVERYONE so no one feels left out:
"Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you're broke or evergreen         [So if you poor, or you a tree...]

You're black, white, beige, chola descent
You're Lebanese, you're orient
Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
'Cause baby, you were born this way

No matter gay, straight or bi
lesbian, transgendered life
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born to survive..."

But this doesn't stop with Gaga. Remember this past Fall's hit "We R Who We R" from Ke$ha? That song especially seems to be the language of 'your born that way, enjoy it, haha I like your beard.' But it's not until Ke$ha's more recent video "Blow" that the gay-pride symbols come literally blasting out at our faces! In this strange video, Ke$ha is kicking it back with a couple of Unicron's sipping martini's until a strange man sends her a piece of cheese. They then engage in crazy shoot-out fight scene with laser guns which make the Unicorns, well, here watch it:

A long time presence in the industry, I feel like Pink doesn't really get the credit she deserves. She has a lot of great songs, with many great messages but only a few end up performing any good on the radio. She's been making "love yourself for who you are" songs for years -- but the recen't "Fu**'n Perfect" seems to be intentionally aimed at the recent situation.

Then we've got Katy Perry's "Firework." Watching the Firework video is another feely-good, be who you are and dance around and don't be afraid to stand up to people or ideas.

Picture of the Day: Awww, so very soon after Gaga released "Born This Way" a young girl named Maria from Winnipeg, Canada put a video of her covering it on Youtube. As the magic of youtube often can, Maria was shot straight up to stardom! And wouldn't you know, before long it was Lady Gaga herself asking Maria to autograph a shirt with her face on it...

Later, Lady Gaga invited her to duet Born This Way on stage at one of her concerts! A fan's dream come true, I'm sure.

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