Eye of the Cobra
By Shana Naomi Krochmal
That sounds like a challenge. Do you want to throw down?
Yeah -- let's see how many more boys we can kiss at the same time. For me, I was just thinking about that, actually. Our record just came out, and I wanted to feel what everyone was thinking about it, so I spent like two hours last night just reading comments and looking at blogs. I saw all these video collages that kids made of those pictures! And they'd make up love stories. And I was like, Wow, this is awesome. I was thinking about how when I was younger -- I totally remember this -- I was maybe 11, and Nirvana played on Saturday Night Live, and Kurt Cobain kissed Krist Novoselic on the lips. On national TV! And I was like, That's fucking awesome! I remember thinking how revolutionary that was, what a statement that was, and especially at that time. I think it's awesome to encourage people not to be homophobic. That's my motivation, to really make it seem like it's not a big deal.
What would you like to do with a guy that you never have?
Um, go on a romantic hot air balloon ride?
What do you think your career would be like if you were gay? Do you think you would be accepted?
Right now, I think, like this year and last year, it's become a much more accepted thing. You hear rumors and you don't really know. I heard that the singer of Bloc Party is gay, and I don't think that's affected them at all in terms of their fan base. I think right now is a great time for gay people to be completely comfortable with who they are. I guess it depends on the kind of music you're making. If you're making music for the red states, for dudes who have shotgun racks in the back of their truck, I don't think they'd be psyched if you were gay. But for cool music, for Bloc Party and everything else, I don't think people think about that twice.
What's your fan base like?
Definitely we're a very gay-friendly band. A lot of kids -- especially high school, that are just discovering their sexuality -- they definitely like our band, the way we joke around, but in a very nonhomophobic way. Having VIP on our record is definitely making a statement, too. I noticed that online a lot of gay guys comment on our board that they love us. I think our stuff is good for clubs, which is what I really want to make. It's like in that Sex & the City episode where Samantha was trying to make the Absolut hunk famous. And she was like, "First come the gays, then come all the little girls."
That's why I called you. Here we come.
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