2008 Diva Worship, Hillary, and the Gays
posted by April 11 at 9:38 AMon
This has been said before (even by me, in a mangled sort of way, on Jonathan Golob’s podcast last week), but here’s a nice recapitulation of the theory that the gays love the Hils because she’s Cher and Gloria Naylor and Margo Channing and hot tranny fierceness all rolled into one big irresistible pol:
The first example was at last night’s Elton John concert in which he basically said to all the haters out there: “to hell with them!” And then, this morning, I read what is perhaps the most perfect distillation of the Diva Theory: the post Hillary is My Revolution by Billy Glad.
There is something weird going here. Hillary is the diva, the fabulous woman who is fabulous just because she says so. She’s the woman who is abused (by her husband), ridiculed (by the press), hated (by Republican mouth-breathers), yet she’s still standing. She’s like from some exploitation film where the heroine is beaten and barely raped before pulling a knife out of her sock and slicing the mean guy’s balls off. Her supporters have stood by her and fought her battles with her - and sometimes for her - since the 1990s. The emotional connection runs too deep. R-e-s-p-e-c-t, she shakes her finger. Find out what it means to me. And the crowd eats it up.
Nevermind that Hillary Clinton hasn’t ever really ever done anything for the gay community. They just like her moxie. It’s the defensive/aggressive posturing of a member of an ostracized community, and they identify with that. I see it my friends who are gay who support Hillary. They say the same trite things over and over: she’s a fighter, she’s a strong woman, people hate strong women, people are jealous… Surprisingly, they like my Diva theory. To them, a diva is exactly what we need in the White House.