Every single video in that playlist is so much fun to watch, seriously, people, get on that.
RE your rant: I was trying hard not to get the queer angle in there because wow, that opens up another can of worms right there -.-
I’m not going to talk much about this, because it’s making me sick to my stomach and sad. All I’m gonna say is “Love Me or Leave Me” in Paris in 2011.
…I’m all for men being feminine! I’m all for blurring the lines! But it fucking sucks when a performance goes from “Look! I’m doing this things with my butt that looks great!” to “Look, I’m going this thing with my butt so over the top that everybody MUST understand that I don’t mean it! Haha, no homo, all in good fun.”
(You’ve got me wondering.. if the two guys gyrating were openly gay, would people cheer, or would that be considered “out of place” again..)
It is for these reasons that I had extremely mixed feelings about this video that a lot of people shared on facebook. I mean, especially the ending. Is that really necessary :/ ?
It really can be hard to navigate performances of homosexulity - heck, any sexuality. When is it fetishizing? When is it sincere? When is it parody? When is it problematic? When isn’t it? Sometimes I just don’t know.
I do know that there are many gay men and straight men who - wowy zowie, they can FOLLOW. They can perform typical feminine stylings, they can show sensuality with their male partners who can reciprocate in a sincere way that respects femininity queerness, and not party-tricks it. Sometimes it’s easy to see when people are being jerks and when people are actually expressing themselves. There’s an empathy that’s either present or missing.
RE: Max and Thomas “Love Me or Leave Me”
Their performance in 2011 is actually a reprise of one of the first viral Lindy Hop videos.from pre 2006??
It’s a parody of a famous Kevin & Carla routine! I think that some of the humor comes from audiences giggling over omg a man dancing with a man, but I think a large part of the comedy comes from how well they mimic Kevin and Carla’s distinct ways of dancing. Thomas is a great follow, too! He actually can pull off a good parody that doesn’t mock Carla’s femininity. He CAN do it. And it reminds us of Carla. And it pokes fun at the choreography, that as the years go by, reminds dancers of what used to be more popular, great ideas that have become gimmicks, moves and stylings that we love to hate. It feels like homage to me.
Back then it wasn’t as easy to get videos and so many dancers were very familiar with this vid of Kevin and Carla. It would have been immediately clear what Max and Thomas were up to.