Lance Bass Splains Why Colton Underwood Is Monetizing the Experience of Being Gay
This is rich. Lance Bass, who never, ever exploited his own gayness for a buck (or good free publicity), is now claiming that Colton Underwood is monetizing the experience of being gay. I’ve been posting about Underwood…and defending him…for over a week now. He’s the sweetest guy who was on The Bachelor TV show and recently came out. And it was a very difficult thing for the poor guy to do. I’m stunned, once again, at how some (not all) in the gay community are reacting so negatively to this poor man’s coming-out story. For the record, in case anyone missed the memo, coming out is never easy for anyone. It’s also a unique experience for everyone. I have never once met two gay men who shared the same coming-out story. Not once.
With that said, Lance Bass made these comments.
“He’s definitely going to get a lot of backlash from the community at first,” the former *NSYNC star said in the interview. “There is a small percentage of the community that’s just going to not like the fact he came out this way, that he’s monetizing the experience.”
Here’s the rest. I think what I dislike most about all Lance Bass said is that he assumes we all want to fit into this neat little mold in the “community.” Who defines this “community?” He doesn’t get to define that for anyone. No one does. My goal, personally, was to never to fit in too well anywhere. You wind up wearing a little tin foil hat. I also know, for a fact, that Lance Bass doesn’t speak for me or for millions of other gay men. And he needs to be told.
But most of all, Colton Underwood has all of my support and I can’t wait to see his next move. I just hope the poor guy is feeling better now.