Jordan Raskopoulos, one third of very funny and very successful musical comedy trio Axis of Awesome, posted, and adopted as his profile pic, the second coolest photo of Ian McKellen Iâve ever seen, earlier this Sunday morning:
Now, I gotta be honest.
I canât help noticing the guy behind him wearing a similar shirt. Same colour. Writing in the same bold, san serif style. Saying something about âgayâ. I know Sir Ianâs of that lifestyle choice â and heâs wearing a similar shirt. So either heâs chosen to take the mickey out of whatever hands-across-the-water âlet's all march in the same t-shirtâ proclamation the guy behind him was making â which is feasible; if Iâd been both Gandalf and Magneto, Iâd be proud of it too â or someoneâs been having fun with photoshop.
Turns out to be the latter; hereâs the original photo (Note the âMâ and the âOâ in âMAGNETOâ and the âGâ in âGANDALFâ, above, compared to the âMâ and the âOâ in âSOMEâ and the âGâ in âGAYâ, below: wrong font!):
And it is part of a big campaign, as, Dannii Minogueâs âsome people are making a career out of jumping on bandwagonsâ photo opportunity would attest.
(Or maybe she means âgayâ in that other sense: âcrapâ. But Iâm not allowed to crack that joke anymore, am I! What an interesting world we live in, that people getting all het up that âgayâ no longer meant âhappyâ, has given way to people getting all het up that âgayâ no longer means âgayâ. And itâs clearly too difficult for some people to explain that words change their meanings, and even when they donât, can still mean the opposite depending on vocal inflection. Why else would it be easier to change the lyrics to âKookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Treeâ than to explain âgay your life must beâ means itâs a âhappyâ life, cos the kookaburraâs laughing, rather than âcrapâ cos the kookaburras arenât getting all of Men At Workâs royalties for âDown Underâ, or âhomosexualâ, cos societyâs politically correct and uptight about having to be so.)
Anyway, back to Sir Ian McKellen being proud about Gandalf and Magneto on his t-shirt:
âAwww, itâs a fakeâ¦â someone wrote on Facebook, under Jordanâs posting â sad that McKellen didnât have a rampant ego, that he wasnât undermining the campaign by being a camp pain. Although, a lot of us, including me, thought the t-shirt was cool, and weâd still resepct Sir Ian if it were real and he were wearing it. Not even ironically. The debunker also linked to the BBC story that ran the original photo. Turns out McKellen was attending a protest against the Pope â on the other side of Hyde Park from the where the pilgrims were flocking to see His Papal Holiness.
My favourite Papal protest is still Tim Minchinâs. Don't listen if you donât like swearing, particularly if you think swearing about the religious is a bigger sin than standing by while the religious ignore mass kiddie fiddlerage among their ranks.
Let me put it another way: people are gonna get satirical with the visual arts online. Get over it.
Before finishing, Iâd just like to add:the coolest photo of Sir Ian McKellen I have seen is the one my buddy got with him, outside the Sydney Opera House, when he was appearing in Waiting For Godot.
And, to bring everything full circle: Tim Minchin jammed with Benny Davis of Axis of Awesome during their Edinburgh Fringe run. Guess which song they played.