by Scoobie Davis
I received many detailed e-mails regarding gay music (see my posts from the last few days). Thanks to everyone for the info. Gay music is a rather amorphous concept, but from what people have written about the topic, it would be a big stretch for Andrew Sullivan to characterize the music in the anti-Taylor ad as gay. What I inferred from the music and graphics was it was an attempt to present an obviously dated, cheesy 70's feel to the commercial--to accompany Taylor's dated clothing and hairstyle. One can find a cheesy 70's music/gayness nexus only if one were to conclude that the music was an attempt at camp. Although I didn't infer anything innuendos about Taylor's sexuality after viewing the commercial, a reasonable person could raise questions about it. However, the accusation of gay-baiting is misplaced without further evidence. One last note: It is fun to gloat at the outrage over the alleged dirty pool by Bush Coup enabler and mouthpiece Marc Racicot and by Montana Senator Conrad "Chucklehead" Burns (whose idea of political discourse is to call people "niggers" and "ragheads"; see my 9/12 post).