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1983. Donna Summer, Homophobe? — 6 Comments

  1. Donna Summer apologized in 1984 (Toronto Xtra Magazine) when looking for artist to do a benefit concert for AIDS, she was told that they didn’t want her there cause she was homophobic.She apologized then for anything she might have said ..to have given the impression she was homophobic. She didn’t just wait tip 1989, and Act up was form at the end of March 1987. And in my opinion Act Up was too militant and in your face..

  2. I met with Donna Summer several times during the early to mid 1980’s. I was a gay man. Unfortunately I was a very young gay ma, and didn’t QUITE have the nerve to question the idol sitting next to me on the sofa. Today I would, but back then it was a different story.

    I personally don’t believe she was a nasty person, but she was often naive to the point of ignorance. To deny knowing the furore going on around her was a bad mistake, and to eventually come out with an apology (at the time of a new global release) was, as written above, way too late.

    She was very religious and seemed to stay with that for the rest of her life, but many will not forget that it was during her days whilst being ‘guided’ by the devil and seemingly not REMOTELY religious, she made some damn fine recordings. No record after 1979 quite captured the essence of club music like it did in her heyday.

    Her music was great, and we placed her on a gay pedestal which she was never quite comfortable with, after she had made her millions of course. It’s hard to really enjoy those wonderful songs without feeling a hint of regret or, should I say, resentment.

    • How could you have been so young,in the 80’s and been around for club days in the 70’s ? In fact the initial incident that sparked the rumours of homophobia took place in florida in Nov 1983. There is hugged a guy with AIDS and prayed with him – for which she was attacked and called a hypocrite. That part was never published in the media, as was the part about the Adam & Eve (Anita Bryant comment), which took place during her show at Atlantic City 1984 – and was delivered jokingly while on stage (the crowd laughed). With the rumour already swirling in the wind about Florida, it was reported by the Village Voice as a validation that she was homophobic. I too met Donna Summer, with my cousin and BF in 1984, after that Atlantic City show. My cousin who was completely out there (and was worried about his fate), asked Donna what she thought of someone being gay and trying to find religious validation. She told him “God doesn’t make mistakes, we are all children of god”. All I have to say !

      • Beautifuly writen. On a strictly commercial point of view, she should have reacted stronger and sooner and above all publicly. At that time gays were starving for support. Streisand had done little but she was supportive in 1985. We were relieved by that.
        I’m not nostalgic but every time I hear Donna’s hits, I’m back in the seventies.

  3. her career deserved to nosedive, serves her right for condemning the very people who put her where she was up on high, but how lovely and rewarding to see her fall flat afterwards!

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