Friday, March 4, 2011
Brett from American Idol - cut for being too Girl?
Brett became popular in part because we learned near the beginning that from a young age he's been teased and ostracized a lot, but he just decided to accept himself and be proud of his different-atude. He also turned out to have a great voice.
But when he performed "Light My Fire" in the Top 12 boys night, I could see why he's been teased. He'd always come off as feminine in the sense that he likes to give hugs, and he's really positive, and encourages everyone--he's Richard Simmons. But during his performance, which was original and he put his own spin on the song without being karaoke, his "girlishness" really came to the fore.
I think if he looked/dressed in a stereotypically gay way, then people would know how pigeonhole him, and he'd seem Outrageously Fun! He'd be Camp! And people would *get* him. But his style looks sort of hippie-rocker, so it's disconcerting. I suspect he got a lot of votes, though--just not enough for Top 10 out of 24.
To me he seems not so much gay as transgender--like the kind of guy who feels like he's a girl. In any case, I really wanted him to continue in the competition. We need to get him Elton John or Lady Gaga's publicists and stylists.
Mind you, put a guitar in his hands and the impression is totally different.