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Summer holidays, plus music by Joshua Su (The G3sha), Lil Nas X and Rammstein
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of August 3, 2019) The blog will be on summer vacation from Sunday, August 4 to Thursday, August 15. Our website may be temporarily unavailable on 2 and 3 August due to maintenance and updates. By Friday, 16 August 2019 at the latest, everything should be back to normal. Before the holidays, however, our article in reference to a few songs and musicians that have caused quite a stir in the last few days: Joshua Su (The G3sha), Lil Nas X and Rammstein.
Joshua Su (The G3sha) comes out of the closed in a song
The Singaporean rapper Joshua Su, known as The G3sha, did not really know how to tell his parents about his homosexuality. Instead of just telling them, he wrote and sang a song. The song is called “I'm OK” and is more than just a simple coming-out confession.
More info in the short AFP interview with the artist (sound in English and subtitles in French):
Unlike India, Singapore has never repealed section 377A of the English Colonial Penal Code, which prohibits consensual sex between men. However, anal sex between heterosexual partners has been legal for about 12 years. The Prime Minister refuses to repeal this discriminatory law, but the society and administration of Singapore are slowly becoming more tolerant of gay bars.
The authorities have also approved the small local Gay Pride celebration Pink Dot, which celebrated its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary on 29 June 2019 and which again called for repealing Section 377A. Here is a very nice impression, with wonderful sound, images, music, enthusiasm... and excellent English.
Tear down this law!
The above slogan was sung again and again by an enthusiastic crowd shortly before the great fireworks.
This beautiful video really makes you want to travel to Singapore. Unfortunately, homosexual couples have very few rights there: No gay marriage, no registered partnership or official cohabitation. And of course gay and lesbian couples are not allowed to adopt children either.
To return to Joshua Su, or rather the G3sha, here is a more complete report (in English with subtitles) about the artist’s approach and his outing. We hear a short part of his song, which has become very popular:
We may remember less the title of the song (“I'm OK”) than the music of @Dudemakesbeats and the lyrics of The G3sha, especially the chorus, which is sung four times and is easy to remember: “G-A-Y-Y-Y-B-O-Y OK”
The rapper remembers his difficult childhood. Like everyone else, he discriminated against gays as faggots or found even worse words. Then came the first love story at the age of 12, followed by a series of questions, uncertainties and fears that made him pretend to be straight at first, but led him to a suicide attempt eventually.
This was followed by his coming-out and everything else. Here is the song, subtitled in the original English language and released on July 5, 2019. Rhythmic and fast verses as well as a catchy refrain.
Unfortunately this song by The G3sha has only been viewed a little over 6000 times on Youtube so far.
Lil Nas X: A phenomenal success and a highly mediatic coming-out
At the end of July 2019 the title “Old Town Road” by American rapper Lil Nas X (with Billy Ray Cyrus, the father of Miley Cyrus) topped the Billboard Hot 100 ranking for 17 consecutive weeks. On August 2, the three versions of his song, released on the artist’s YouTube channel have had more than 595 million visitors in three months.
This is all the more surprising as Lil Nas X, the stage name of Montero Lamar Hill, is only 20 years old and gay. In an environment known more for its homophobic words and behaviors than for its tolerance of LGBT individuals, Lil Nas X’s success is impressive, even though gay hip-hop is slowly moving up in the charts and media. However, only few queer hip-hop artists have had such phenomenal successes, including Frank Ocean, iLoveMakonnen or Lil Nas X.
Lil Nas X announced his homosexuality on 30 June 2019 almost casually and through a short tweet. He was traveling abroad for the first time in his life to promote his latest single “c7osure” at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK.
This single, together with a cartoon, confirms that the young artist experienced his coming-out like an escape from hell.
Lil Nas X owes his success in part to the billboard ranking, which initially banned him out of the country music charts due to non-compliance with the ranking criteria. “Old Town Road” is both rap and country, but more rap than country, says Billboard. And then Billy Ray Cyrus appeared, who had made a name for himself as a country singer before his daughter Miley Cyrus outranked him. Billy Ray Cyrus liked the song by Lil Nas X and wrote a new version as a duet. It was this version that showed up in the Billboard ranking again, this time on the first rank in all categories, and then became a global hit.
The video of this version has a great setup, an interesting interpretation and crazy pictures:
As part of their “Europe Stadium Tour,” the German band used the opportunity of a concert in Moscow to trick the homophobic censorship of Russia with a Kiss-in on stage. Rammstein guitarists Richard Kruspe and Paul Landers kissed each other on stage during their song "Ausländer" in front of the audience in the Luschniki Stadium.
The short but intense kiss between the two guitarists was captured by a smartphone – unfortunately from a distance and quite blurred. You can see it at the end of this scene:
Rammstein has sometimes mistakenly been described as homophobic in the past. Their Moscow concert proved the opposite. And in the most spectacular way, during a concert. The social networks and homophobic people quickly transmitted the message – on YouTube, but also and above all very strongly via Rammstein’s Instagram account.
The only recording of the concert in its entirety (more than two hours) that was not censored shortly before, during and after the famous gay kiss is this one. The kiss comes at 1:45:19, after a nice show interlude (meeting of the guitarists) at 1:44:45.
As a reminder: Russia prohibits any “promotion of homosexuality,” more precisely any “information about non-traditional sexual relations with minors,” a collective term that allows to impose fines against offenders and up to two weeks in prison even for foreigners.
The German group plans to extend its tour until 2020. Will they play in Moscow again next year? This will be interesting to see.
With this in mind, we wish all our readers a wonderful summer holiday.