Was Prince gay enough?

Was Prince Gay Enough
(CNN) – The world is still reeling from the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, the multi-platinum-selling music legend.  Prince was last seen alive at 8 p.m. on Wednesday when he was dropped off at Paisley Park, his home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  The next morning a staff member called 911 to report that Prince had been found unresponsive in an elevator. Paramedics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
The cool thing to say this week if you are a celebrity was how you and Prince were really close, and you can’t believe he’s gone.  He was either your brother, or your best friend.  Which is strange considering he’d been a recluse for two decades.   If you weren’t a celebrity, it was important for you to put on social media about WHAT A TALENT he was, and how much you loved his music, despite his last hit being 25 years ago when you were 4.
As someone who sang in falsetto, wore platforms, makeup and frilly shirts, I think we were all a bit taken aback when he criticised gay marriage in a 2008 New Yorker interview in the name of Christianity, saying it isn’t right:
“God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out”.
Now, obviously the “gay marriage is a no-no” interview is pretty much an accepted beard in the gay community if you’re famous, much like getting married.  Just hide that gayness behind the Bible.  Most of Hollywood pulls that crap.  It’s only accepted by the gay community though if you’re a running for President, a poorly closeted Scientologist or you’re a television evangelist though – you can’t be saying that stuff if you’re not gay.
So the question a lot of the gay community have been asking themselves the past few days is: was Prince gay enough to pull that off?
They’re doing some fact-checking to see if he ticks enough of these boxes:
  • Did the residential area he moved to in Minnesota have improved cuisine, a low crime rate and excellent real estate price growth?
  • Could he have been a judge on America’s Next Top Model?
  • Had he ever blown a guy?
  • Did he frequently wear assless chaps?
  • Did he frequently wear pink and/or purple?
  • When Scientology initially approached him, did they say he’d need “extensive retraining”?
  • Did he treat the concept of facial hair as an art project?
  • Did he marry a backup dancer as a beard?
  • Did he ever own a small dog?
  • Had he ever blown a guy?
  • Were any artworks he produced (canvas, poetry, music) riddled with pansexual innuendo?
 Let’s hope they get to the bottom of it.

Author: Max Smith

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