Slate takes notice of the faux-lesbian pop act Tatu I mentioned the other day:
So this could be described as … enlightened? After all, it shows a lesbian couple overcoming fear and reproach. Perhaps there's something positive about the world's youth learning to embrace non-heterosexual pop stars.
But the story of t.A.T.u. and their sexual inclinations turns out to be even more mysterious than the capitalization and punctuation strategy in their name. The original creation myth went like this: The two girls, who are now age 17 and 18, are childhood friends who, in early adolescence, fell in love. They performed together in a teen band, then auditioned for one Ivan Shapovalov, who is billed as a filmmaker and former child psychologist. Shapovalov then packaged the pair for mass consumption, first in Russia, then Europe, and now the United States. (They recorded in Russian when they started out in 2000, but last year recorded a couple of songs in English, working with producer Trevor Horn on "All the Things She Said" and other tracks on the mostly English-language version of their album, 200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane.)
(continued in the next post)