As I stand in the midst of the Levi Johnston and Playgirl commotion, I began to read various headlines calling Levi Johnston a gay icon. Joy Behar had him on her show and he came across very polite and humble and he made a comment stating that “gays were people too” when Joy told him of a porno that was made with a Levi look-a-like. Ah, wasn’t that nice of him–wait, don’t judge just yet, he wasn’t being sarcastic or meant it in a negative way–he’s just a moose-hunting manly man with a great set of abs and a butt you could bounce quarters off of–but icon?
As I read a few of the articles on Levi, I noticed that not too many were written by gay people, they were straight writers telling the world what gays felt. Now, I’m not the type of gay that points fingers–but it just didn’t seem right that heterosexuals were in the mix telling other heterosexuals what homosexuals were thinking. (that’s a lot of h words–whew)
I don’t consider Levi a gay icon, a gaylebrity maybe, but not an icon. I’m not that old school, but I know that the Lizas, Barbaras and Chers earned their status but how do we choose icons today? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be standing in the freezing cold waiting for his February Playgirl issue (not full frontal) to come out on the newsstands; although, I doubt the Muslim corner store will be carrying it, but he hasn’t really done anything to earn the title of icon, has he? Even the gay magazine, Unzipped, made him an offer to pose nude.
Do gays really think he’s an icon? And if so, are our gay icon standards too low? Is it possible that the gay bar has dropped and we can’t even see it unless it’s on the cover of a magazine? I can’t help but wonder, “Should there be a criteria for gay icon status or should it be as uninhibited as the gay men at New York’s Splash Bar?”
What do you think? Is Levi Johnston a gay icon?