Jake Shears On the Power of Gaga

By: Jackson Lourd
3.31.2011

Jake Shears, the beefcake frontman for electropop group Scissor Sisters, is singing the praises of Lady Gaga, saying she's helped create progress for gay rights.

When asked about the pop superstar, with whom is band has been touring, and the progress in LGBT issues and rights thanks to her support, Shears is effusive.

"Well, she's been very outspoken on gay rights, and having our band there as well," Shears says in an interview with blog Huffington Post. "It's a very gay tour—it's got a very pro-gay theme to it. There is nobody else doing what she's doing, as far as a mainstream act speaking out the way that she is. There has been a trend this past year in pop music with Katy Perry, Kesha, and Pink all putting out these sort of pro-gay anthems. Alex Hawgood wrote this great article in The New York Times wondering if this is calculated, or why all these girls are going pro-gay. I think it's really great. Whether it's calculated or not, I don't think it matters to kids. Pop music, I think, is mainly for kids, and so to get these messages from major artists in the music and in the themes of their music is really great. Whether it's calculated, cynical, or not, I don't think it matters to fifteen-year-olds.

Jake-Shears-3 Jake Shears, the beefcake frontman for electropop group Scissor Sisters, is singing the praises of Lady Gaga, saying she's helped create progress for gay rights.

When asked about the pop superstar, with whom is band has been touring, and the progress in LGBT issues and rights thanks to her support, Shears is effusive.

"Well, she's been very outspoken on gay rights, and having our band there as well," Shears says in an interview with blog Huffington Post. "It's a very gay tour—it's got a very pro-gay theme to it. There is nobody else doing what she's doing, as far as a mainstream act speaking out the way that she is. There has been a trend this past year in pop music with Katy Perry, Kesha, and Pink all putting out these sort of pro-gay anthems. Alex Hawgood wrote this great article in The New York Times wondering if this is calculated, or why all these girls are going pro-gay. I think it's really great. Whether it's calculated or not, I don't think it matters to kids. Pop music, I think, is mainly for kids, and so to get these messages from major artists in the music and in the themes of their music is really great. Whether it's calculated, cynical, or not, I don't think it matters to fifteen-year-olds.

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