Pursuant to this post I wrote a couple weeks ago about gay celebrities coming out (or more prominently out than they are now) comes this editorial accompanying the annual Out 100 list. In it, co-cover boy Adam Lambert, and more pointedly his publicity team, are taken to task for their extreme skittishness about whether Adam would agree to be on the cover, and with who, and in how gay a context.
During the immediate aftermath of the Idol season, I had written about my frustration with the coyness of the Lambert camp when it came to just saying what was already plain as day to any casual observer. Adam did eventually verbalize his gayness in that much-publicized Rolling Stone article, but the hesitancy and the overly-managed nature of his public coming out lingered with me and was on my mind while I was writing the above linked post about Matt Bomer.
Now, I like Adam well enough. I really like Matt Bomer. And I was having a hard time expressing my frustrations with them while at the same time affirming that I rather appreciated them and their (apparently) nonchalant attitudes about their sexuality. Maybe all I needed to do was to separate those men from their publicity teams and vent my frustrations in the direction they belonged. In the Out letter -- and even more explicitly in this follow-up letter by Adam's interviewer -- the contrast seems pretty clear: an open, engaging, an unself-conscious artist surrounded by frightened, controlling publicity types.
On the one hand, they're the ones I should be annoyed with, if anyone, for keeping these celebs closeted. On the other hand, aren't publicists supposed to be frightened and controlling and gun-shy, while it's up to the artists to be bold and honest? Maybe. In the case of Adam and Out, he certainly seemed to balance out his publicists by being fairly candid.
My point, you ask? My point is this: LEVI JOHNSON DIDN'T GO FULL FRONTAL FOR PLAYGIRL! GOD DAMN IT!