In a bit of breaking news I find both interesting and conflicting, Entertainment Weekly posted a review of the new Adam Lambert album. “Trespassing” this afternoon that has fans in an outrage! On a historic day when U.S. President Barrack Obama officially stated his stance in support of marriage equality, igniting hope in millions of people, a few paragraphs by writer Melissa Maerz is under storm for what many feel were homophobic comments used in describing her thoughts on Lambert’s latest offering, in stores on May 15th, 2012.Read the article below. In case it gets pulled from their website I grabbed a screenshot.)
Original Source Link: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20594232,00.html
While the tone of the article seems to be genuinely trying to make light of the ideas being presented, in the course of a few sentences, Maerz makes a lot of generalizations. (i.e. An artists sexual preference usually is indicative of their musical genre, Lambert’s first album “For Your Entertainment” pandered to a straight audience, Gay people aren’t into classic rock, etc.)
While I agree that the article is shallow in it’s belief of these ignorant generalizations, I find pause in the question of whether or not the content is homophobic. I certainly don’t get the impression from reading the article that it’s voice is anti-gay and wouldn’t classify any of the generalizations as “hate speech” but the tone is decidedly condescending. As an out and proud gay man I wouldn’t have been surprised if this article had been written by one “of us”. Believe me, these kinds of stereotypes exist all too often even within our own community but the fact is that the sexuality of the writer behind these words doesn’t justify nor negate the un-professionalism of this piece any more than Lambert’s sexuality determines the relevance or quality of his music. The bottom line is that a journalist for a national magazine should exercise more tact. I would expect that even if this got past some decision makers that at the very least EW’s editors would have the sense to feel the review treads into a few places it never should and drew the focus a little more onto the album than on Lambert’s sexuality and fashion sense.
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