The real question is....does Mika matter?
Posted by: Joshua | Jun 22, 2007 4:49:16 PM
Stop picking on MIKA. I like him and I like his music. Jeez. Go pick on someone who's worth hating. Mika just makes fun pop music. What's the crime in that?
Posted by: phil | Jun 22, 2007 4:53:30 PM
He's too boring to hate.
Posted by: secretagentman | Jun 22, 2007 4:55:54 PM
Hey Joshua...mika matters more than you. How famous are you? ... How are your song sales? ... HELL-O ...
Posted by: me | Jun 22, 2007 4:56:11 PM
MIKA THE PERSON IS A BIT BORING. HIS MUSIC IS NOT. ITS THE MOST FUN SINCE SCISSOR SISTERS.
Posted by: me | Jun 22, 2007 4:57:49 PM
Go Mika!!! Great interview. I think it's best that people are slaves to others' political agendas especially when it seems those same people only want to collect a political icon for thier own purposes. He's like James Baldwin who, when pressed by the same question replied, "I've never had an opportunity to to have children."
Posted by: Yoyce Apollo | Jun 22, 2007 5:06:24 PM
There will always be this divide between those gays who think mika and other openly closeted types have an absolute duty to divulge their sexuality such that they are unable to appreciate anything else about them until they do and will just trash them regardless. this kid's music is cute and fun and thoroughly enjoyable. it's called pop for a reason. i support those who make the decision to decide for themselves when and if they come out. stop waving the "teens need roll models else they will commit suicide when the rainbow is not enuf" to justify forcing people to adhere to your choices about how they live their lives.
Posted by: tabitha wentworth | Jun 22, 2007 5:13:03 PM
so let me get this ..uhh.. str8 : he owes his career, such as it is, to being promoted in the gay press and wants gay people to buy his stuff BUT he won't simply say that he's gay, even though he's asked about it constantly, because that would be 'political' and make him 'an artist defined by sexuality'.. could this guy be a bigger twit ??
Posted by: el polacko | Jun 22, 2007 5:15:08 PM
Lol, 'change the world with his music'? So profound. I hardly think his music's world-changing though.
He's saying he doesn't want to be defined by sexuality and stuff, but then his goes on these gay magazine covers and focuses so much on "Oh, I'm not gay!" that it's just ridiculous.
I'm sure no one wants to be defined solely by their sexuality. But to pretend it doesn't matter at all is just mendacity when you consider all the people in the world regularly oppressed, brutalized and killed simply for their sexuality. When we have equal rights with heterosexuals and no one has to worry about being queerbashed--then we can say sexuality doesn't matter.
Posted by: Daniel | Jun 22, 2007 5:24:16 PM
I'm over whether Mika matters or not. I'm trying to figure out why people think Jason Bellini matters.
Posted by: Scott | Jun 22, 2007 5:26:11 PM
Sexuality is not a political matter.
Posted by: Raymie | Jun 22, 2007 5:38:36 PM
Daniel: Strawman in your pocket... No one said sexuality doesn't matter. Mika said he chose not to let his career (highly defined by media, public opinion, politics, etc.) be defined by his answer to the question, "What is your sexuality." But he never said anything as overarching as "sexuality doesn't matter." As a matter of fact, he specifically answered the question in the affirmative; he simply also opined that he does not believe that gay artists have a duty to be out.
Posted by: torrentprime | Jun 22, 2007 5:42:19 PM
being gay isn't interesting enough to be the focus of a question...if someone's sex life is that interesting to you, there are plenty of celebutards who want your attention...
Posted by: dan | Jun 22, 2007 5:45:37 PM
Mika has milked this for all its worth... and now that the inflated issue has been drawn-out waytoo long he's painted himself into a corner that he can't come out from. he really took some bad advice because it's now beyond repair.
gotta wonder if it's just all posturing for the sake of his middle eastern family.
So Mika doesn't want to be "defined" by his sexuality. Too bad. Now he's just defined as a pop singer who doesn't have the balls to simply say one way or the other whether he's gay. It's really not that big a question, dude. The coyness has made it one.
Posted by: Nobody | Jun 22, 2007 6:47:02 PM
jason is none to easy on the eyes so he better be glad he's got somebody (wikle) interested in him.
Posted by: steve | Jun 22, 2007 6:48:58 PM
He's a cutie and his album is cute, too. Just let him be cute.
BTW, anyone hear the Relax mashup? Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs Mika. It's really hot. And gay.
Posted by: stan | Jun 22, 2007 6:56:59 PM
Umm, it seems alot of his songs, I think, touch a node of experiences that include gays, fast girls (Lollipop was about his sister), big girls [whose discomfort is reinforced by gay men in the fashion industry], essentially all of the misfits in society. What's interesting is the idea that gay people are wholly tolerated, much less accepted* in Western society [Europe is ahead] than in the Middle East. (Mika's part Lebanses who are very liberal, and homosocial and so hot, those men). That's the assumption, but there are some niggling reminders suggesting otherwise, despite the politcal influence of gay lobbyists in the US. So, in the end, it's about demographics, I think, and it works for the artist and, perhaps not, for a settled in your identity type gay person. For those (ahem*) younger folks trying to find thier way (while hanging with the fat girls and sluts in the school yard) Mika's music is an outlet that can be packaged as "cool" without attracting the verbal poison of the local homphobe or female jerks. Once Mika matures and is over the bs that comes with celebrity then, I think, Mika's music will get really interesting. Please note (according to Wikipedia, cringe*) Freddie Mercury never acknowledged he was gay or even South Asian in the interest of achieving a larger audience, hence, adoration. No one should be a slave to political interests as a masthead, indeed, for Americans longing for a leader to rally about [the Brits. are a bit further in this respect than the US] then Mika shouldn't be drafted into our fight. We should support our own gay parade in NYC, for example, and do the heavy lifting ourselves rather than intimate, if you're gay I'll buy your album. That's a political bribe. It's our fight. Additionally, performing in a gay venue doesn't mean one has to be gay. Enrique demonstrated this when he went to G.A.Y. and sarenaded that young man, so point taken, I will be singing the Ping Pong song and kissing my pillow while I pretend I'm that twat Anna Kournikova. I love me some Enrique and his mole.
Posted by: Yoyce Apollo | Jun 22, 2007 7:00:40 PM
Mika's music sucks. Anyone with a shred of musical taste whatsoever already knows that the guy has no talent. The fact that he keeps hiding behind the "Am I or am I not?" question just makes it that much more pathetic. I'll be so glad when he just goes away.
Posted by: peterparker | Jun 22, 2007 7:06:19 PM
MIKA'S CUTE. I LOVE HIS MUSIC. 'NUFF SAID.
Posted by: phil | Jun 22, 2007 7:08:24 PM
All the gay guys I know love Mika and his music. Why do all these sour queens read Towleroad? Nasty, hateful people suck. Mika rocks!!