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More recently, reports began to surface that the girls are not actually lesbians at all. Shapovalov was quoted by the British press referring to t.A.T.u. as an "underage sex project" and saying that he got the idea for the band after looking at porn sites. "At first, the idea was just underage sex," he told Blender, the music magazine, adding that he came to realize that this by itself wasn't enough. "Every time, the audience needs new images—for this project, new images were lesbian teenagers." In other words, t.A.T.u.'s place in the pantheon of breakthroughs in mass acceptance of gays and lesbians falls somewhere between a Howard Stern bit and the current Miller Lite "catfight" ad. Could you ever believe such a perfect surprise?
But the story of the Lolita couple's rise only becomes truly perverse when you consider how obviously flimsy the lesbian packaging is: Shapovalov and his charges have hardly bothered to persuade anyone that they're on the up and up. Even the band's official bio comes off as a parody of the Svengali manipulator formula that recurs through pop history.
...Even Malcolm McLaren would be impressed at the Great Lesbian Pop Tart Swindle.
MSN also hosts an informational page about the duo.
(via Oliver Willis)