Eye on the Sparro

By Mattera, Adam | Out, November 2008 | Go to article overview

Eye on the Sparro


Mattera, Adam, Out


Warning: There is a new militant gay on the international pop scene. Lock up your sons!

"I picked up a Swiss newspaper the other dav and the headline was 'Militant Gar Sam Sparro Comes to Town' or some shit." the singer savs, laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. "It's so stupid, but it says a lot about how people still think. You're either in the closet or you're a militant gay!"

For the record, Sparro is not the gay Malcolm X. He is, however, refreshingly frank about his position on everything from sexuality to religion and drugs. It's all there on his self-titled debut, which manages to include songs about a stripper ("Sally") and ecology Recycle It!") without ever losing its sense of humor or a damn good pop tune. And thanks in no small part to the cool electro-funk of his rather superb debut single, "Black and Gold" (think Gnarls Barkley cavorting with Daft Punk), the 25-year-old songsmith has in a few short months become a breakthrough star throughout Europe and is now ready to do the same in America. Whether America is ready for him is another thing.

"America is generally a very homophobic country, and it's not shy about it," says the Aussie-born, Los Angeles-based singer. "You turn on respected news sources like CNN and you see people quite comfortably talking about gay people like they're second-class citizens, and it's just accepted."

It's little surprise that, after a couple of decades of globehopping, Sam's record deal was signed in Great Britain, where the likes of Jake Shears and Rufus Wainwright are top 10 crossover stars. It took quite a trip for him to get there, from a tough boyhood in Australia to singing in the churches of east Los Angeles as a teenager (thanks to his musician father's gospel connections) to an initial trip to London at 17 ("I thought I was going to be a star overnight") and even a very brief spell as a go-go dancer in West Hollywood ("I was really broke!").

Now that he's being launched globally, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that certain industry figures might have advised Sam to keep his lips sealed about his sexuality for the sake of sales. Admirably, Sam would never entertain such a notion.

"It's ridiculous that I should be ashamed of who I am. I don't care whether or not it sells less records," he says. "I don't want to live in a world where I should be made to feel ashamed of who I am. And I don't want young people down the line to feel the same kind of feelings that I did growing up. The only way to stop that is to say 'Enough of the bullshit'-just enough, already."

Sam has spoken before about how he was bullied during his school days in Sydney; it's a subject close to the surface. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Eye on the Sparro
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.