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MACHO MAN – BUT NOT IN THAT WAY

- September 8th, 2012

Believe it or not, 35 years later, The Village People still claim there’s nothing gay about their act.
In his film The Secret Disco Revolution, documentarian Jamie Kastner manages to anger ALL the Village People by refusing to get off the subject of gayness (insisting he didn’t care about their personal orientations, just about their image). Through the interview they ask repeatedly if they’re almost done. At the end of the movie, one of them puts Kastner in a headlock, and only looks half-joking.
Their demurrals aside, Henri Belolo – who created the band with business partner Jacques Morali and helped shape songs like YMCA, Macho Man and In The Navy – admits on camera that, yes, the songs were all double entendres based on Jacques’ experiences in the ‘70s gay scene in New York’s Greenwich Village.
But don’t tell the Construction Worker, the Cowboy and the Leatherman that.

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