Nov 23, 2013

Joel Goncalves: Gay Slurs, Gay-Positive Lyrics

The route to teen idol fame has always been a combination of talent, charisma, and looks, and today's teen idol hopefuls don't have to wait around for a record contract or a Tiger Beat photo shoot -- they just use social media.

Season 3 (2012) of Australia's X-Factor, an amateur musical competition, found 17-year old Joel Goncalves performing.  He got good reviews with "This Girl is Mine," but later forgot his lyrics and was booted off.

But losing did not deter the Brisbane boy.  He has his own youtube channel, where he uploads covers of "Locked Out of Heaven" (Bruno Mars), "Kiss Me" (Ed Sheeran), and "I Won't Give Up" (Jason Mraz), as well as his first original song, "Please Don't Go"

The interesting thing about his covers: they lack the heterosexist "Girl! Girl! Girl!" of most teen idol songs.

"Kiss Me":
Settle down with me, cover me up, cuddle me in
Lie down with me and hold me in your arms

"I Won't Give Up:
I won't give up on us, even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up, still looking up

Remembering that he needs looks as well as talent, Joel has been uploading pix of his massive chest and six-pack abs.  And a close-up of his shorts, for some reason.

So is he gay in real life?

Nope, homophobic.  On his twitter account, he uses "gay" as a slur.  The "all my fans" lyrics are just a happy accident.

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