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George Michael, 1963-2016
"There was always a garishness to George Michael—short shorts and perm, designer beard and tan, buzzcut and obnoxious-size shades—that made him seem a better fit for a midlife crisis than the strict tastefulness of gay culture. When he sung of a lover’s death from AIDS and his arrest, it was equally brash, uncareful and ostentatious as many Greek men are. That was his power, and I think why he survived tabloid shame, as well as why his open love of drugs and casual sex put more PC gay people off: he was someone whose aesthetic was so gay it was straight."