suckin’ too hard on my Mika-popJune 13, 2007
Some gays may be mad at Mika for refusing to answer ever-looming questions about his sexuality. He’s “come out” only to say that he wants a gay following and that the hype should be based on his music and not which gender he’d prefer to go home with. His ‘Gay/Post-Gay/Not Gay?’ cover of Out Magazine left a lot of people with a lot of time on their hands disappointed — a top-billed feature in a gay mag should’ve given us some answers.
I saw Mika last night at the club. Maybe I want him to be gay so that my attraction to him can morph into mere admiration. Maybe I want him to be straight so that he defies stereotypes and, well, marries me. Because Mika’s show was possibly the gayest thing I’ve ever seen — besides Rufus Wainwright getting crucified as the gay messiah.
Before doors opened, two Dorothy-like girls in blonde wigs and poufy dresses distributed lollipops to the crowd. Mika wore light green pants, a white T-shirt and suspenders that hung around his waist. He hopped around, curls bobbing, and sang the pop-liscious hits everyone had come to hear. There was nothing sexual about his performance; in fact, it was juvenile and playful. The crowd — consisting mostly of young girls and older gay men — was there to have fun, dance hard, suck on their lollipops and sing along.
He began, silhouetted in smoke, with “Relax (Take it Easy).” A larger-framed black woman grinded with him during “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)” and it was AMAZING and so sexy. He ended with “Lollipop,” and balloons and confetti showered the crowd. The audience consisted mostly of beautiful teenage girls, handsome gay men, and twentysomething fag hags. I was surrounded by my delicious girlfriends, Kenny and Scott (the best-looking couple in D.C.), and Dave, the love of my life.
So, I guess I don’t care about Mika’s orientation. His Jackson 5 and Eurythmics cover choices and the fact that he made me cry with his song “Happy Ending” help me lean in a certain direction, but it really doesn’t matter anymore. It should be all about his performance, and, after last night, it definitely is. Oh man, listen to “Happy Ending.” It’s just so. so good.