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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Claymates Process the Truth

posted by on September 24 at 15:01 PM


So Clay Aiken has finally come out as a homosexual—an unsurprising admission to everyone in the world, right?

Unfortunately, the only people surprised by the news of Clay’s gayness are his biggest fans—Claymates, they call themselves, and they’ve spent the past seven years believing, trusting, and parroting Aiken’s claims that no way is he gay.

Now the Claymates’ mighty lord and savior has confessed the truth, and my beloved Radar has done the webby legwork—on Clay Aiken fan-sites’ message boards, primarily—to find out how the Claymates are dealing. It’s not pretty.

“This is a gut wrenching day for The ClayNation. Somebody wake me up, I hope it’s a dream.” strollynn63 at The Clayboard

“I’ve cried a river of tears and truthfully do not know where I stand right now. I am envious of those who can take this news and continue to state their unconditional love and support for Clay.” Clayncfan at The Clayboard

If Brokeback Mountain taught us anything (besides “Ang Lee is a genius” and “Heath Ledger was a rare talent”), it’s that the only thing sadder than closet cases are the women duped into loving them. Happy healing, Claymates, and thanks, Radar.

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Brokeback Mountain taught me I have a weak stomach for protracted love stories in the highlands.

Posted by Dominic Holden | September 24, 2008 3:08 PM

yuck. It's embarrassing to see people acting that way. First, because they're so emotionally invested in someone they've likely never even SEEN in person, and second because a 'revelation' like this turns that upside down.

I get the same feeling when I see footage of people crying at Obama speeches. He's a goddamn politician, people, not Jesus. Vote for him, volunteer for his campaign, but for god's sake keep your head on your shoulders.

Posted by rococo | September 24, 2008 3:10 PM

Crap, did I really just inject politics into a post about Clay Aiken? My apologies, everyone.

I'm putting myself on news restriction for a couple days until this whole debate postponing thing blows over...

Posted by rococo | September 24, 2008 3:12 PM

I thought he'd be more the Miles Cowperthwaite to American Idol's shipboard pirates.

Posted by John Bailo | September 24, 2008 3:12 PM

No, closet cases are sadder.

Posted by w7ngman | September 24, 2008 3:16 PM

Wasn't there a story last year or so (on Perez or Drudge or the like) in which some guy recounted his online and then in-person hook-up with Gaiken? The Claymates screamed and wailed about it at the time. Did it ever get disproven, or is it now validated?

Posted by HL | September 24, 2008 3:18 PM

@3 It's that season. Queerty thinks this might help Obama.

Posted by chicagogaydude | September 24, 2008 3:26 PM

What? There were people around who actually still thought he was straight?


Posted by Reverse Polarity | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

"Brokeback Mountain" taught me that crying and being turned on is a bad combo.

Posted by Jake Jake Lemonade Round the Corner Fudge is Made | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

Yes, it really is shocking that there are people who didn't know Clay was gay (really, really, really shocking) -- but how about the fact that these same people haven't turned against him once they learned the truth?

Most people who seem to be anti-gay bigots are really just saying what they think they're supposed to. The truth is that most people just don't care and every time Clay Aiken comes out an angel gets its wings. This war has already been won, and here's proof once again.

Posted by whatevernevermind | September 24, 2008 4:35 PM

I heard rumors that Liberace was gay, too.

Posted by Banna | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM

Clay Aiken was closeted? How?

Posted by yucca flower | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

I was doing some cybersnooping of the same sort last night. My results come with photos!

Posted by Keith | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM

Who are these people? Seriously. Like, how old are they? What is their story?

I just can't reconcile it. Are they middle-aged moms? Which would explain the not accepting of the gayness, but why would they be Clay Aiken fans in the first place? Are they teenagers? This is baffling to me.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM

Wait a minute...Brokeback Mountain was about The Gay. I thought they were looking for Curly's gold.

Posted by Suburban Cowboy | September 25, 2008 8:59 AM

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