Friday, September 26, 2008

What's Norwegian for "Quarter Turns!"?

Seeing as this blog makes occasional forays into the realm of pop and rock, and seeing as I am a big shrill gay, my readership has asked me to weigh in on the recent coming-out controversy involving a prominent figure in popular music. I have to admit, I was as surprised as anyone to learn that Gaahl—lead singer of Norwegian black-metal projects Gorgoroth and Trelldom—was gay. His aesthetic as a musician and performer is not quite in line with the notion of a "gay sensibility," whatever that might be. And his recent torture conviction, for the brutal, hours-long beating of a middle-aged party crasher—whom Gaahl ordered to collect his own blood in a yahtzee cup—suggests that, if anything, our Gaahl might be a bit too macho. Here's an interview with the Nordic menace from the 2005 film, Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Bad. Ass. Well, news broke this past July that when Gaahl (born Kristian Eivind Espedal) decided to launch his forthcoming line of ladies' pret-à-porter, his relationship with a new business associate—Norwegian modeling agent Dan DeVero—had moved rapidly beyond the professional. And what many in the Norwegian scene had known or suspected was at last publicly confirmed. (Here's a photo of the two from the source of that article.) The reaction here? Quite simply, we at Daniel Stephen Johnson's Weblog are eager to welcome this exceptional artist and personality into the international gay community. And we can't wait to see those frocks. (via djmrswhite)

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Blogger Joshua Kosman said...

Yeah, whatever. I thought you were going to write about Clay Aiken — now that's a coming-out.

September 26, 2008 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Dan Johnson said...

I probably shouldn't even tell you so, but if you google the phrase "Clay Aiken" together with the phrase "quarter turns" something horrible will happen.

Please, under no circumstances should you do this.

September 27, 2008 at 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yahtzee cup, macho? Was this a leather Yahtzee cup? Was it pierced?

September 28, 2008 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Johnson said...

Well I said "yahtzee cup" but really it was a "cup used for dice games," which might mean craps or a weird Norse divination ritual or maybe some really, really intense games of Dungeons & Dragons.

October 7, 2008 at 8:06 PM  

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