The return of Cher is good news for large numbers of gay men. But, for women, the persistence of the diva is disheartening.
These women – from Cher to Bette Midler to Liza and beyond – do not persist because of women’s desire or obsessive fascination.
Possibly, there are women out there who actually enjoy Cher’s nightmare synth-hit Believe; women who find Midler’s caterwauling on about the invention of the brassiere in her stage play delicious; women who can watch Minnelli mumble-sing Single Ladies in Sex and the City 2 without feeling shame and revulsion.Has she ever been to see Cher perform live? I caught the late 80s tour, the farewell tour and I've seen her four times in Vegas this decade. Cher has a legion of female fans. They're generally strong women like Cher and they identify with her strength.
But let's pretend those women don't exist for a minute. Is Lynn really trying to imply that if Cher just had a gay audience, there would be something wrong with that? Does she really think she can stand in judgment of Judy Garland's life?
It's really cute the way Lynn flirts with homophobia throughout and how it is the subtext of her piece. Women like Cher, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minelli, etc aren't real women -- according to Lynn. If they were, gay men wouldn't like them.
In Lynn's world there's something wrong with (a) gay men, (b) artists gay men like and (c) gay men again.
I thought Canada had hate speech laws. I don't favor them. I certainly don't want them to come to the US. But I don't think I've ever read something that so angrily screamed "F*g" as it's subtext.
I also find it telling that to attack Cher, Lynn -- who pretends to have such culture and taste -- resorts to the National Enquirer.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"