Awhile back, I pointed out in Taki`s that you can use Google`s auto-completion prompts to quantify which celebrities the public suspects might be gay. Now, the NYT has a similar article:
By QUENTIN HARDY and MATT RICHTEL
Of course, being a respectable publication, the NYT has to fit this phenomenon into the approved "Who? Whom?" political framework:
So what might explain this apparent fascination with people’s sexual orientation?
Ritch Savin-Williams, a professor at Cornell University who studies gay issues, said that the frequency of such inquiries is a symptom of the politicized nature of homosexuality. For instance, he said that people who are gay or who favor gay rights [i.e., Good People] might be looking for allies and like-minded people, while people who oppose such rights [i.e., Bad People] might be looking to demonize someone, whether a politician, athlete or actor.
There is also a third, unmentioned group: those who who like to understand how the world works. No doubt these weirdos comprise only a tiny minority, but that`s one minority that is of no interest to the NYT, at least when it comes to Gay Issues.
By the way, I`ve since discovered that my Google Gaydar system works superbly well in another field of entertainment for identifying the performers` strategy for attracting a particular target audience. I`ll have to write it up one of these days.