This picture of Nick Jonas is hott enough to deserve its own post, but I actually do have another reason for posting it. If you choose to ignore the rest of this piece just to stare at the picture, though, I completely understand. It’s from the newest issue of Flaunt, which comes out soon.
PrideSource recently published an interview conducted with Nick, and quite a few gay blogs are focusing on one particular aspect of it: whether he has been using his body to bait the gay community. Lately, Nick has been making the rounds in the rounds in the gay press, as he promotes his new album, and his upcoming show, Kingdom. I’ve been wondering for a while now when people would start accusing him of simply gay-baiting to garner publicity and sales. This is a valid enough accusation, when you consider the fact that this attempt to reach out to his gay fan base seems to come miraculously suddenly after years of never really giving much attention to this audience (at least not publicly). Of course, that may have had to do with the fact that the Jonas Brothers were marketed by Disney to appeal to parents (liberal and conservative) and there have always been rumours that their dad/manager is quite homophobic, despite Nick now stating in this interview that his parents always taught them to be accepting of everyone… so, who knows? Despite the validity of the gay-baiting accusation, I still have to wonder if it is fair. Here’s what Nick had to say about it:
Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I think it’s unfortunate that some people have to find a negative in every situation. Clearly my heart is in the right place, and more than anything, if they just looked at my life and my gay friends and the authentic nature of where my heart is, they’d just see that they’re kind of ignorant.
The nature of where we are today is, we’re in a time where we need to make strides and step forward as a society and embrace all people from all different walks of life. When you’re trying to make a bold statement like that, some people aren’t gonna fall in line with that. And that’s OK. You gotta stay on your own path.
A more appropriate and logical response could not have been requested. Perhaps he is pandering a bit to gay men, but is that necessarily a bad thing? If he’s only doing it for sales and publicity, then I cannot be on his side, but if he is being honest and his heart really is in the right place, why give him hell for it?
I’ve already spoken about my feelings on celebrities who bait the gay community for sales, but back then, I was referring to those who pretended to be part of the LGBT community during an initial selling period, only to suddenly become heterosexualised when the fame was achieved. In the case of admittedly heterosexual individuals who show love and support to the LGBT community, are we doing them (or ourselves, for that matter) any favours throwing their acceptance right back in their faces? It seems to me to be something of a no-win situation if we shun those who outwardly hate us but then turn around and criticise those who are actually showing that they are on our side.
I think this goes back to what I often say about picking our battles. We don’t have to approve of everything that others do, but it doesn’t mean that we have to make huge deals about it either, provided that they aren’t hurting anyone. This world is already too full of hate to bring down anyone who is only trying to show love.