Why are gays so afraid of Freddie Mercury?
I would personally make the argument Freddie Mercury was flagging in the early 70s too, but much more coyly and with much more plausible deniability — a lot of Queen’s early oeuvre is decidedly different from the Stones et al; there’s a definite faggy vibe to my ear — but it’s coquettish and comparatively subtle, playing at being a toff what dances on the other side of the ballroom.
One of the absolute best interrogations of Mercury's life I've read. Your podcast episode on him was great, too. I appreciate the historical context and depth of thought.
I visited a "Hard Rock Cafe" a few months ago, and his representation in the realm of merchandise has been interesting to see develop. It seems as if they are making a more active effort to associate him with the mainstream idea of "gay pride". I wonder if that's a response to the phenomenon you refer to here.
Great essay except for the denial about his bi-nes. Gay as a daffodil darling.
Randomly came across this - pardon the pun considering the content - and found it a magnificent read. Just thought I’d say thanks for expelling the energy to write it.