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April 15, 2010

Well Played, Jennifer Lopez

There are a couple of good quotes in J.Lo's new interview with The Advocate.

Do you keep the gay audience in mind when working on a new album?

To be honest, yes, I really do. I love dance music and I know that’s very big in the club culture and in the gay community, so I feel like you can’t not think about them. I also think about whether or not they’ll want to impersonate me. [Laughs] I’ll be like, “Is this outfit any good? Would any drag queen want to put this on? No? Then forget it — it’s not worth it.” [The Advocate via Queers United]
The mental image of Jennifer Lopez thoughtfully applying the Drag Queen Standard to all of her costume choices is pretty funny. We're thinking of adopting it ourselves, honestly. Just take a minute to imagine the world we would live in if more people stopped to ask "would any drag queen want to put this on?" before they stepped out the door.

On Dancelife, the 2007 MTV reality series you created, one of your gay backup dancers at the New York pride event made amends with his estranged father. How would you react if one of your kids ever came to you and said, “Mom, I’m gay”?

Honestly, it wouldn’t bother me at all. I wouldn’t be shocked or anything. Marc even once asked me, “What if one of the babies is gay?” I said, “Who cares?” And he was like, “Yeah, I know. Who cares?” You just love your kids and want them to be happy, because it’s really about love. That’s what this is all about — I sing about it, I do movies about it, and that’s how I live my life.
My first thought about this was that it's cool that she has this attitude and is speaking out about it. My second thought was about how sad it is that we still live in a society where a comment like this stands out and feels like the exception rather than the rule. Unfortunately we do, which also means that it would be understandable for even the most accepting parent to be concerned about what their gay child might have to deal with in this world. So I think it's worth highlighting when a celebrity makes positive comments like these, and hopefully someday we'll get to a place where they don't need to be made at all because accepting and loving your children for who they are has become the rule.

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