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The Guardian: "Bad Bunny: does a straight man deserve to be called a 'queer icon'?"


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10 minutes ago, Korb said:

We prop up straight women as gay icons all the time so what's the problem with a straight man being a gay icon? 
and sis,he's no icon. Of any kind. No shade.:ohwut:

He is an icon though. He’s extremely successful and garnered up a huge fanbase in a couple of years. 

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I applaud Bad Bunny and everything he has done. It shouldn't matter if he is straight or whatever, what matters is that he is speaking up and fighting for the rights of people.

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3 hours ago, ICouldntThinkOfOne said:

No he shouldn't. He should be an active ally but he will never actually "get" it.

 

I mean, Lady Gaga had death threats against her for being pro-LGBTQ+, madonna had arrests threatened.

 

He's not an lgbtq+ icon, he's being a decent human being and the drag thing? Drag is completely mainstream now.

So do you have to be arrested or threatened to death to be a queer icon now? That’s nonsensical.
 

Plenty of other people we consider gay icons Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer etc are all 100% straight and never even got that heavily involved with it all and yet we still gave them the pedestal?

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47 minutes ago, No Seas Cortés said:

So do you have to be arrested or threatened to death to be a queer icon now? That’s nonsensical.
 

Plenty of other people we consider gay icons Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer etc are all 100% straight and never even got that heavily involved with it all and yet we still gave them the pedestal?

My point was that actual gay icons either did it at a time when it wasnt acceptable or they had very little to benefit from; it came from genuine activism, and the acts you mentioned did it at a time when it was controversial.

 

Times have changed, but let's not pretend that doing drag at a time when Drag race is successful enough to launch season after season, and at a time when  Drag Queens been able to become global celebrities is enough to be an icon.

 

On top of that, he will never have comparablle experiences to that of LGBTQ people.

 

He could be a decent ally, an icon however? No.

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