I am a huge ABBA fan. There, I said it. I loved them since childhood (probably because they were at their peak when I was a fetus) and I never grew out of it. I had the Readers Digest ABBA collection on tape as a teen and I have the same songs on my iPod today. You know what my parents rented for me on my 16th birthday? ABBA: The movie. It was one of my best birthday's ever. So to sum up, I really really love ABBA.
Problem is, the moment a guy (let's say me) declares their love for ABBA, other guys are immediately like "dude, that is sooo gay". On that note, I have 3 things to say:
One, I really don't care what you think my taste in music says about me. Judge me by my words and deeds and I will consider what you have to say but judge me by the music I enjoy and you can bite me. I will enjoy the things I enjoy and you can love it or shove it.
Two, I may be heterosexual but I don't view gays as subhuman deviants so calling gay is probably not the sick burn you think it is.
Three, why exactly is ABBA gay?
Look I get it, I watched "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" too, I know a lot of people in the gay community looves them some ABBA. Good for them, ABBA made great music! I just don't quite understand how this particular Swedish pop band became the gay icons they are, that's all. Not to rain on anyone's parade (see what I did there?) but I have to wonder if anyone bothered to actually listen closely to ABBA's song lyrics? Check out these snippets from their song "People need love":
"Man has always wanted a woman by his side to keep him company
Women always knew that it takes a man to get matrimonial harmony
Everybody knows that a man who's feeling down wants some female sympathy"
"Flowers in a desert need a drop of rain like a woman needs her man
If a man's in love and his woman wants the moon
Then he'll take it down if he can"
Call me nitpicky but that sounds less "Gay Pride Parade" and a lot more "Focus on the Family". This is quite typical of their music too, it's all about the agony and the ecstasy of old fashioned hetero luvin'. For crying out loud, they have a song called "One Man, One Woman" - which sounds like something James Dobson would play before railing against the evils of the homosexual agenda and lifting DOMA!
Again, not trying to denigrate anyone's musical choices here or to "take back ABBA" or anything like that. I just really have to wonder how ABBA went from the most hetero band of the 70's to the gay icons they are today. I'm genuinely curious!
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