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Watch: Björn Ulvaeus Thanks ABBA's Gay Fans for Years of Support

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ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus took the stage at a party hosted by Sweden's QX magazine to hand an award out, and took the opportunity to thank the group's gay fans for their years of support.

Said Ulvaeus: "I will never get a better opportunity to show my gratitude. Our gratitude. Mine, Bennys, Fridas, and Agnetas." 

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  1. Abba the finest pop group - ever!
    I always adored all of them but Agnetha (Fältskog) was my favorite and still is.
    He looks thin and young. Kind words.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 16, 2011 2:54:25 PM


  2. It was a whole continent that supported them - Australia.

    Posted by: CGD | Feb 16, 2011 2:54:37 PM


  3. When "Chess" was a concept album, released in 1984, with music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA, and lyrics by Tim Rice, it had an outrageously, jaw-droppingly homophobic bit where one character decried another character's implying someone is "one of those." Like, "Can't you be decent and not stoop to implying he's a faggot?"

    The song "Pity the Child," from "Chess," also has an unfortunate line where a man decries his father's thinking the man is "probably queer."

    The "one of those" part did not make into the 1988 US stage version, fortunately, but the "probably queer" part did.

    A sad irony is that the late David Carroll, a gay man, was one of the leads in the US stage version.

    Posted by: pity the clueless | Feb 16, 2011 3:05:24 PM


  4. Pity the Child: the lyrics in Chess highlighted bigoted thinking- it didn't reflect the thoughts of Björn (a staunch humanist) or Benny.

    ABBA were the group whose joyous music kept me going as a teenage boy growing up in Britain. To see Björn Ulvaeus acknowledging the group's gay support after all these years brought tears to my eyes. Along with Streisand they will always be the stand-out musical acts in my life and it's great when your heroes (both ABBA and Streisand) don't disappoint you with their political views.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 16, 2011 3:24:57 PM


  5. @Paul I totally agree with you.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 16, 2011 3:31:11 PM


  6. Tears...
    Abba,Thankyou For The Music.

    Posted by: John | Feb 16, 2011 5:07:26 PM


  7. Beautiful! Now come on ABBA, give us that last big concert to refresh our memories and make us feel the magic again.

    Posted by: Bobby | Feb 16, 2011 5:22:18 PM


  8. Yeah... there are a couple of homophobic lines in Chess but they're delivered in a way that makes the people who said them look like homophobic assholes. For the 80s, making a homophobia a bad character quality was pretty forward-thinking.

    Posted by: Jasun | Feb 16, 2011 5:48:23 PM


  9. I agree with Paul, Matt26 and Jasun above. Not to get too much into dissecting "Chess," but in "Pity the Child" the character is talking about things his verbally abusive father said to him. The lyrics don't reflect anything other than painting his dad as a homophobic jerk.

    Also the character of The Arbiter is pretty much written as gay and that is just a matter-of-fact side note. He's treated like any other character.

    Posted by: Aman Chaudhary | Feb 16, 2011 8:07:42 PM


  10. Some people just like to be outraged.

    God bless you, ABBA.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Feb 16, 2011 10:00:22 PM


  11. There will never be a reunion concert until Agnetha and Bjorn can really reconcile. From their public appearances around Mamma Mia, it looks like they are getting closer...

    Posted by: SortOfAnon | Feb 17, 2011 12:48:37 AM


  12. Frida was always my favourite and she seems to be the one with the most fondness and reverence for ABBA. She's consistently been the one who has spoken of interest for a reunion. The good news is, Agnetha has recently hinted that she is becoming interested in the idea as well; since she's been the main hold-out, that could mean it might happen... thank you, Björn, for recognizing our support of the group over the years, and love your bravery for wearing that totally camp ABBAesque outfit.

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Feb 17, 2011 1:23:47 AM


  13. Uncool in the 80's. Nope. Not uncool then and not uncool now. Great songs always last. ABBA, thank you for the music.

    Posted by: BMF | Feb 17, 2011 8:30:52 AM


  14. Thank you Bjorn. This does NOT come as a surprise. Google the lyrics to "The Visitor" and although Frida directed it torwards the former USSR, I'd hope anyone with half a brain can see that ABBA (set aside "Chess") knew way back in the 70's & (early)80's they knew what was right.
    Perhaps this might be the start of "something" for ABBA..One can only hope.

    Remember, they are a Swedish..Any questions?

    Posted by: JM | Feb 17, 2011 11:41:04 AM


  15. Great to see Bjorn acknowledge the support gay fans have (always) given to Abba.
    He used to wonder why Abba had such a gay following.
    I think it is due to the fact Abba's music was a huge support to gay people, a friend and unashamedly romantic.
    Abba was never scared to show emotion and of course was always fun and heartfelt.
    Good on you Bjorn and thank you Abba yet again.

    Posted by: Mal | Feb 17, 2011 6:38:25 PM


  16. "Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight, won't somebody help me chase the shadows away, gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight"

    Posted by: Guy | Feb 20, 2011 9:24:00 AM


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