Calling All Gay Icons
“Do you know what shocked me most about the Madonna concert (Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live from London) recently aired on NBC? It wasn’t the multi-faceted, multi-talented entertainer’s fabulous physique, and it certainly wasn’t the much maligned sequence depicting her hanging from a cross.
The thing that sent shivers down my spine was coming to the realization that Madonna, on the brink of turning 50, is our most current and active “gay icon.”
Now, I’m not implying some up-and-coming pop tart should pull an All About Eve on the singer-affectionately-known-as-Madge across the pond and knock her ABBA-esque butt to the curb (on the contrary!), but it’s pretty obvious Madonna won’t be hoofing it on stage to Lucky Star for a whole lot longer. And as her career eventually winds down, someone has to step into her rainbow spotlight, right?
The problem is, I don’t see anyone preparing to step into Madonna’s pricey Manolo Blahniks anytime soon. Actually, scratch that—there are plenty of girls looking to take her place as a “gay icon,” but I’m not sure many of them deserve the title (I’m naming myself head of the nominating committee, in case you didn’t already know).
Here’s a shortlist of the ladies I see as either contenders or pretenders to the”gay icon” throne currently comforting Madonna‘s amazingly gym-toned ass (and which previously hoisted a few gals who go by the names of Judy, Babs, Bette and Cher, among others).