Can't get a good explanation...
February 18, 2008 8:26 PM Subscribe
Why is Judy Garland such a gay icon?
posted by Melismata to media & arts (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
As a big fan, I'm trying to pinpoint why she is so beloved by the gay community, and the answers I'm finding are not satisfactory. The most common answers I seem to be getting are 1) gay people can relate to and identify with the "pain and suffering" in her personal life; and 2) her heyday coincided with the Stonewall riots, so she was a natural for the time. I'm not quite understanding this: plenty of straight people can relate to the suffering in her life, especially considering that she herself was straight; and there were plenty of other riots in the 60s that had nothing to do with gay people. When I suggested this to my snobby gay friends, they just gave me a "you so don't get it" look. Is it just a matter of one group wanting to call someone their own? What am I missing here?
Bonus question: what about Joan Crawford? Same deal?