Prince’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’: So Black and So Gay!

So Monday I gave you Ciara’s “Like A Boy.” Yesterday was Donnie’s “If I Were You.” Today’s video in the “So Black and So Gay” series is Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”

Warning: This video pushes the queer-o-meter into the danger zone! In fact, it’s so gay, I am gonna post a performance Prince did of this song, and the actual video that was cut. I remember when this song came out–I was about 4 or 5 years old–and people thought it was a woman. But I remember seeing the album cover at my uncle’s house, and he’s naked riding a white pegasus horse on the back, and I remember thinking, “Wow. He’s Puuuuurrrrty!”

It was from self-titled Prince’s second album, and it was the song that really put him on the map. He’s only about 20, and in the “live” performance (though clearly lipsynched) he is wearing purple satin shorts with purple leggings. No shirt. Rubbing up against so-Black and so-gay (looking) guitarist Dez Dickerson.

In the official video, Prince is rocking the feathered flip-do, a leopard-print unitard and stretch pants.

Prince is so hot. And regardless of how he actually gets down (my thinly veiled attempt to prevent a lawsuit), he’s always given us a visual culture that is, without a doubt, so Black and so gay!

2 thoughts on “Prince’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’: So Black and So Gay!

  1. Pingback: University Update - Ciara - Prince’s ‘Controversy’: So Black and So Gay!

  2. nelson george is dat you? I’d like to cite the song that put Prince on da map was 1978s, Soft and Wet.
    Prince by the way is musical Genius, and his music was way ahead of its time.

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