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Adam Lambert and the Partisan Divide
I am a greenhorn in the music world. If you gifted me an Ipod, Iíd probably mistake it for a remote control. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift are names I have heard, but faces I could not place. I canít operate a CD player and have always thought of concert-going as an activity other people do.
Until now. American Idol contestant Adam Lambert seems to have awakened my long lost music gene. It happened on a Tuesday in March when I coasted by the family room TV on my way to nab cashews from the kitchen. This male Elvira had cool, black nail polish, a Clark Gable confidence, an androgynous sex appeal and the ability to emote like Iíve never seen.
Heck, this is a concert I could attend, I thought.
With an alluring combination of pure talent, charisma, unpredictability and eccentricity, Lambert will no doubt go down in history as a superstar, not to mention American Idolís greatest success story.
Lambert a polarizing figure: you love him or you hate him. Could
this stem largely from the partisan divide in
Lambert is a blue state.
His competitor, Kris
Allen, is a red state. He is good ole boy from
In many cases, Lambert clearly transcends the red-blue divide, as evidenced by the statistics presented on ďDial IdolĒ and other websites that estimate the percentage of votes each competitor receives by state. But I have to wonder if some of his angry detractors are those with a deep-seated dislike for all things liberal and idiosyncratic.
The controversy surrounding Lambertís sexuality also plays into this theory. Bill OíReilly, for example, thought it newsworthy to ask his Fox News viewers if they thought the singer was gay. Successful same-sex marriage initiatives are sweeping this country, and opponents may see Lambert as a poster boy for alternate lifestyles and as a threat to conservative values.
Could an Adam Lambert victory represent a new level of acceptance for difference? Would a Kris Allen win reinforce communitarian values and the familiar? Some may see this seasonís contest as a battle of hope and change pitted against tradition and custom.
Win or lose, Lambert will be a music icon. And win or lose, I guess Iíd better figure out what those shapes on the CD player mean.
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