God some of you guys really need to lighten up a bit. Not everything with the word Gay connected to it has to be an equality march. It's okay to have some light-hearted fun sometimes. The video was just that, light hearted fun, at least that was its intention. I preferred the Wilson Phillips Parody about chicken or whatever it was.
This has always been my issue with a lot of musical comedy. A punchline can be great until you've heard it fifty times in five minutes. I love comedians like Tim Minchin, but halfway through most of his songs, I get bored and find myself wishing they were over.
I can't help but take a position similar to that of Hank Hill on Christian Rock: "You're not making comedy better, you're just making music worse."
I saw Tim Minchin at the Sydney Opera House a couple of years ago with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Listening to him sing live in a packed concert hall is different to watching his videos on youtube. I love his stuff, but I laughed myself sick at the actual concert.
Have you heard that Katy Perry song "I Kissed a Girl"? Sn't that the greatest song EVER? Oh, wouldn't it be great if they made a gay male version of it? "I kissed a boy and I liked it..." That would be so cool!
I think it's offensive. Does nothing but perpetuate the dumb stereotype that bottoms are somehow "less" than tops and should be ashamed of it... As if I needed more reasons to dislike Willam.
Originally Posted by Anders123
I don't wish to be a buzz-kill, but I guess I just don't see comedy in the implication that a man who prefers to bottom is somehow 'gayer' than a man who prefers to top. It's not that I'm being oversensitive or that I find it hugely offensive, but simply that I can't help but roll my eyes at the insipidity of it all.
It's one of the primary reasons I didn't particularly enjoy this music video.
I hold a different interpretation from you two. I don't believe the song endorses the idea that bottoms are "shameful" or "more gay" but rather attacks it through satire. I think sometimes gay men segregate themselves into categories based on sexual taste but these categories are actually discriminatory prescriptive judgments. In other words, some gay men see topping as more masculine (and thus more "straight"), which is a tragically absurd idea. I think William's song criticizes the tendency to connect sexual taste with social value. The lyrics quite explicitly illustrate the drag queens' own desire for penetration. They're not shaming this desire but celebrating it.
Furthermore, I think the song uses the sexual act of bottoming as a metaphor for homosexuality itself. Just as some gay men are ashamed of bottoming, many gay men are ashamed of being gay. The video illustrates this metaphor quite clearly because it uses two twinks. The first is the one who wakes up in the bed and gets chased by the queens. The second is the one wearing the blue briefs and holding the enemas. I think we can agree that Boy 2 clearly likes to bottom, especially when he bends over in the shower scene. But Boy 1's sexual role is intentionally kept ambiguous. The queens call him a bottom, but he does take the top role in the shower scene after all. Regardless, he constantly runs away from the queens like he has something terrible to hide. I think he is running from his homosexuality and not necessarily a taste for bottoming (or topping for that matter). His shame comes from the fact that he likes dick, which is why he puts "versatile" on his grindr to make him appear "more straight." In this way, then, the song's title "Boy is a Bottom" can also be read as "Boy is Gay." The queens are certainly not degrading homosexuality. They are making fun of the idea that people should hide their true selves.
Parody and satire always carry the risk of misunderstanding, but I think we need to remember that demonstrating an idea is not the same thing as agreeing with it. Whatever you might think of the music video's artistic elements, I think William's message is positive because it exposes and condemns a strain of self-internalized homophobia. I didn't see the same offensiveness as you guys did. Maybe you could re-watch the video and see if my arguments make sense.
Last edited by Luciant; February 1st, 2013 at 12:02 PM.
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