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American Idol Contestant David Hernandez’ Revealing Past

Timothy Kincaid

March 4th, 2008

davidhernandez.jpgRumors have been flying about American Idol contestant David Hernandez. And now they have been confirmed by the Associated Press:

The 24-year-old finalist from Glendale, Ariz., once worked as a stripper at Dick’s Cabaret, appearing fully nude and performing lap dances for the club’s “mostly male” clientele, club manager Gordy Bryan said Monday.

The themes of the first two weeks were Songs from the 60’s and Songs from the 70’s. If today’s theme is Songs from the 80’s, I’d like to recommend that he perform You Can Leave your Hat On as performed by Joe Cocker.

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(warning: some may find Kim Basinger’s spectacular strip scene from 9 1/2 Weeks to be offensive)

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Emily K
March 4th, 2008 | LINK

Can you please explain what this has to do with GLBT news?

Timothy Kincaid
March 5th, 2008 | LINK

Emily,

I posted this because it amuses me. Not everything on this site is “hard news”; sometimes we post history, or commentary, or even social observation.

Further, though I did not overtly state it, I think that this story does say something about the evolution of social attitude. Six years ago, American Idol would have immediately taken steps to either quell rumors about a contestant or would have asked him to leave. Today it seem to matter not in the least.

I don’t know if David Hernandez is gay. Some strippers or bar tenders in gay environments are heterosexual. Yet whether gay or straight, he is part of the gay community and will be presumed by his audience to be gay.

I think this incident illustrates how rapidly the culture is de-emphasizing sexual orientation. Just a few years ago it was assumed that the country wouldn’t vote for an openly gay contestant and that coming out would ruin a budding musician’s career.

But in this season there are some boys, OK quite a few boys, that are very clearly gay… and that are getting votes.

Now if you don’t find this item interesting, don’t read it. But I’ll continue to post those things that I find to be of interest.

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