Wednesday, December 29, 2010

“And you can tell everybody, this is your son ... ”

Elton John has announced that he and his partner have adopted a baby boy.

Bel Mooney, writing for the Mail, was certainly not pleased. In Accessory children and the question: Who is my mummy? she argued that she had nothing against gay couples raising children, but objected to "the ­modern phenomenon of babies as a celebrity accessory."


And John Buckeridge argued: "It is cringemaking for the Times to refer to Elton John's husband. Is this the wording of the press release? Is this how they wish to be known? Other than that good luck to them."

Yeah, that's what I want to know. If this other guy is Elton John's "husband," that would make "Sir" Elton John his "wife." How can you tell which is which? Is the wife the more effeminate one? Is the husband the more "butch" of the two? And what if the difference is not so obvious? Will gay couples who have "married" be offended if some straight guy at a party who didn't get the memo refers to one or the other as his or her "partner"? And even if they don't, what is the point of the distinction if there is no ... well, distinction?

Throughout history, there have been those who chose to (or who couldn't help but) march to a different drummer. With that has come a consequence. Often one is persecuted. But if nothing else, one is simply not understood. This should come as no surprise, don't you think?

Or don't you?