While most gays are asking totally lame-o downer questions at the end of this year like "How will LGBT activist groups learn to work together again?" and "How can we reduce HIV infection rates?", The Advocate is pressing the community on the biggest question we need to answer as a community: "Why do gays not worship Lance Bass?"
The Advocate's cover story for their "Year in Review" January edition is "Why Wasn't This the Year of Lance Bass? Lance Bass on coming out under fire -- from gays like you."
And the article gets so much better than that. Although the question it should be asking is "Is there any question in any queer's mind as to why The Advocate isn't relevant anymore?"
Serious gay journalist Kyle Buchanan already has a response to my flippant question in his second paragraph (defensive, anyone?):
So why do some of you -- and you know who you are -- see him on the cover of this magazine and scoff? Is it because he’s “just a pop star” -- as though that’s a genre of music that gay people have suddenly rejected? Is it because his coming-out interview in People magazine convinced you that he must be a self-loathing homosexual? Or is he just not your type?
Or is it because he hasn't done anything to merit gay attention besides be famous and
come out get outed?
I'm not asking that he deconstruct gender with a slow ballad or stop hate crimes with the power of dance (although that would be totally awesome), but, come on, the boy hasn't done anything besides be both famous and gay at the same time. (Buchanan doesn't fail to point out Lance's HRC Visibility Award, which was given to him for, well, being both famous and gay at the same time.)
But the touchy Mr. Buchanan already has a response to us
queers who care about politics, activism, and making the world a better place so they take to the internet lame-ass bloggers:
Just check out the comments section on any gay blog: The very same people who swoon to any comment by Jake Gyllenhaal will bare their fangs for Bass, invariably declaring, “Why is he famous again?”
I suppose we're part of "any gay blog", although I don't know of any contributor here who swoons to "any comment by Jake Gyllenhaal" (the only specific blog mentioned in the article is PerezHilton.com). But something tells me that Buchanan hasn't actually condescended to read a gay blog.
If he did, he's probably notice that Lance Bass wasn't the biggest issue of 2007, and if we don't agree it's not because we're a bunch of bitter old queens, but because there were some important issues this past year, like ENDA, some major hate crimes, and expanding state-level LGBT protections.
And he'd see that when he's writing up the cover story for the most historically important queer mag in the US under the "Year in Review" rubric, he should actually try to find a story that LGBTQ folk found important in 2007 instead of chiding us for not caring about his favorite singer.