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Gossip watchers and fandoms are more pessimistic than ever. View this post on Instagram. But how did we get here? Me explaining to my dad that there's gay porn in my browser history bc my friends sent to me as a prank pic.
It also reminds us of how cynicism can only take us so far, and, amid our need to maintain a healthy degree of skepticism about what we are sold by celebrity, how that impacts the people at the center of the drama. This is not unique to Mendes.
Cultural gayness has a fraught history in pop culture. The couple was hot and heavy very quickly, kissing passionately in pools, showing off major public displays of affection, and holding hands. There is a certain air of practice and knowing presentation in those paparazzi photos of Cabello and Mendes.
Since then, we have fought hard to reclaim the right to this femininity.
Why did the incident prompt such disparate and emotional reactions from gay people? Always an acoustic guitar at hand, Mendes went from Vine micro-celebrity to chart-topper in just a few years, infiltrating radio stations all around the globe with catchy, hook-heavy songs of love and the loss of it.
The sense that we have a right to assert a narrative about Mendes may stem in part from our historic war to liberate femininity in pop culture, and from our own individual battles to celebrate the femininity that accompanies our own gayness. View Privacy Statement.
As with all celebrity couplings, there is much to glean from the perfected presentation of a relationship, from how it romanticizes the individuals in question to the ideas it suggests about gender, sexuality, fandom, and so on. Cabello smiles broadly and gazes adoringly at her taller partner.