Morissey’s Sexual Orientation Is The Least Interesting Thing About Morissey
"It’s really rather astonishing that in 2013, people are still trying to pigeonhole others’ sexualities. After all, the Kinsey scale has existed for some 65 years, and outside of the world of Christian fundamentalists and other dogmatists, it’s not exactly a radical idea that human sexuality is fluid and constantly evolving, defying both neat categorization and definitive labels. The words “gay” and “straight” are both simplistic andexclusive; the idea that we can all be put into neat little boxes, where we remain for the rest of our lives, is hopelessly outmoded and rarely reflected in reality. Sure, some people are entirely homosexual and some entirely heterosexual. Most of us fall somewhere between those two poles.
Including, it appears, Morrissey. As is entirely his prerogative, he’s remained tight-lipped about his preferences for his entire career — but still, it’s hardly a shocking revelation that he’s apparently had at least one affair with a man. And really, who cares? As a society, we seem to have a prurient yet ultimately quite boring and banal obsession with being able to place celebrities in boxes (see also the constant speculation about Kevin Spacey, and the questions that dogged Michael Stipe for years, and so on).
As a result, people have been arguing about Morrissey’s sexuality for decades — which is unfortunate, because it’s pretty much the least interesting thing about the man. And yet, here we still are, three decades into his career: his comments have been reported everywhere in the past several days, “ending years of speculation,” and the Guardian is even holding an open forum to address such burning questions as, “Is Morrissey right in refusing to pigeonhole his sexuality? Is our sexuality simple enough to be confined to binary categories? Does it change over time?””
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