UPDATED: An Apology for Our Cyndi Lauper Article
Updated 6/11/13 A Note from GayRVA’s Editor and Publisher
Hey there, Brad Kutner here,
I’m the Editor at GayRVA.com. I published this article last Thursday afternoon after sending Tim the press release for the Cyndi Lauper’s Summer 2013 tour. Admittedly, the title and message crossed lines that should not have been crossed.
When people cried foul on us for the article below, it was not something I was excited about, and it was an issue we did not want to run in and just “fix” – hence the delay in addressing this.
GayRVA does in fact pride itself on inclusion. As far as ageism goes, we’ve published a number of stories looking at older members of the gay community including:
While this previous coverage does not negate the harsh words used by Tim below, it shows that we cover a wide variety of topics and issues, including information for folks over the age of 22.
Again, this does not excuse the words below, and as an editor, your offense to the article below falls on me and for that I am sorry.
So why are we leaving the article up? Why didn’t we take it down as soon as the first complaint came in? Because GayRVA is a publication that aims to represent a wide variety of voices in this community.
We’ve covered dissenting views on mainstream gay issues, including the queer fight against marriage equality. As an Editor, I pride myself on giving different voices sharing different views, and while the view expressed below could be called crass and its something some people do not agree with, it is the view of a member of the Richmond LGBT community.
I published the article knowing it would open a dialog, and indeed a dialog has been opened. I wont remove the article because I don’t want to hide our mistakes, and that’s what publishing this was, a mistake. We don’t hide when we’ve done wrong, we grow from it and become better, or better informed.
Know you can always email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be more than happy to work with you to make sure your voice is heard.
Thanks for reading, please keep reading, and God speed.
From Athony Harris, Publisher of Inkwell LLC
As the publisher of GayRVA, I feel an apology is in order. Brad Kutner and I have been trusted with the voice of the LGBT community in Virginia and we have done our best to represent everyone. We consider it an honor to work for all of you and honestly very proud of the overall work we have done as a team.
That said, its unfortunate that our recent op/ed on Cyndi Lauper has created such a negative response. We will learn from this experience.
We all hope that you keep reading and realize that this one article should not negate all the good works that we have done and will continue to do.
R. Anthony Harris
- ORIGINAL POST BELOW -
Alright, turing my sass-knob to 11 here, and for that I apologize. 80′s mega-hit Cyndi Lauper is going on a nation wide amphitheater tour this summer. (she’s making a stop in Portsmouth, VA’s nTelos Wireless Pavilion on July 5th for those interested, you can get tickets here)
Now, don’t get my wrong, Lauper has done some AMAZING stuff for the LGBT community. Her True Colors Fund works to get straight people pissed off by the inequalities that exist for LGBT people around the country, and nothing makes me happier than angry straight folks fighting for our rights (Seriously!) But take a look at this recent video of her performing on Good Morning America.
Girl is about 15 years too late to the show.
Lauper has been working her tits off as of late – earlier this year she stared in a We Network TV-docudrama, “Still So Unusual,” about her recent broadway work, her work with her non-profit, and her experience as a mother. And nothing says “I’m a good mom and I’m emotionally stable” like airing your children’s dirty laundry on expanded cable.
Lauper also penned the music for the broadway production of the British movie Kinky Boots, and critics have been giving her solid reviews – I have no doubt the girl can still compose and sit pretty behind stage.
I realize the music industry is short on rabid Lauper-like success stories these days, but I’m pretty tired of seeing music legends rolled out on stage only to remind the audience of how old they’ve become. (see David Bowie, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan) Maybe she could have gotten some more current artists to tour with her and she plays the role of MC? I have no doubt Lauper can still sell an 1500 person venue, but why?
I might be showing my age (as in not old enough to appreciate it) but let’s move on from these 80′s retro tours and get something or someone contemporary on stage… please.
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
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