just before moving to Japan with Alan) didn't change my mind. But I might have to change it after hearing about Cody Simpson.
Born in 1997, Cody Simpson began to record songs on youtube, and was discovered in 2009. He has four albums to date. The most recent, Surfer's Paradise (2013), includes the following songs:
"La Dee Dee": a girl he likes.
"No Ceiling": no ceiling on our love.
"Sinking In": falling in love
"Summertime of Our Lives": being young and in love
"Imma Be Cool": he can't find a girl who gets him.
"If You Left Him for Me": the girl he likes, likes another boy
"Love": "love, love, love, love, love."
You get the idea: not a lot about social issues or friendship, lots of "girl! girl! girl!"
Chris Galya and BooBoo Stewart.
Many musicians are gay-friendly in real life, even when their music is heterosexist, but in January 2012, Cody and best friend and occasional collaborator Jake Thrupp (left) appeared in a UStream discussion with fans, and dropped the "g" bomb:
Cody: All that gay stuff, like 'No, I'm not gay like Campbell [Carsley].
Jake: Look at their twitter [names]
Cody took down the UStream and apologized to fans for "calling them gay." Big insult. no doubt.
Campbell Carsley (left) is another of Cody's friends and occasional collaborators, who also throws "gays" around at random to mean inept, inane, or uncool. He has apparently invented a dance called the "Are you gay?" shuffle.
Sorry, I can't tell them apart. They're all blond, buffed Aussie teenagers who think "gay" is something bad.
For gay-positive Australian performers, check out Xavier Samuel and Ryan Kwanten.