Antony Mouthing Off, Is FierceJanuary 29, 2009
I haven’t blogged too much about Antony & The Johnsons since before the new record came out. And if you haven’t been able to “get over his voice” then it’s your loss. Antony Hegarty will go down as one of the greatest musicians in modern history. The Crying Light brought me to tears the first time I heard it, and he’ll be in Chicago in February. You bet your ass I’ll be right in front. In the above clip, he talks about loving the Cocteau Twins, radical hopefulness and sings “Epilepsy is Dancing” and “Another World.”
AND, in some queer fierceness, he had this to say about the movie Milk:
“It’s like blackface to me … it’s a continuing Hollywood minstrel show, co-opting queer stories and perversely building up the careers of these heterosexual bastards with the plumage of effeminacies, that they can wear this plumage of effeminacies without having to really be accountable”
…and then later this:
“I want to apologize to Sean Penn for appearing disrespectful in my recent comments in New York Magazine. It is not with him, or his virtues as an actor, or his embrace of gay causes, with which I take issue. Rather it is a Hollywood industry that has not yet evolved to a point where it can allow gay and transgendered actors to represent themselves and their historic icons on screen. What a sense of pride this would instill in the minds of gay and transgendered children everywhere, to know that there are dignified roles for them in the acting profession and in the world.”
Preach it, sister.