Video: If Tradcons Existed in the 60s

Occasionally, I make videos on YouTube. Once in a while I have a good idea for a video and this one was inspired by Candace Owens’ reaction to Harry Styles wearing a dress. I have parodied conservative YouTuber Blaire White before and I decided to make a parody of traditional conservatives getting angry about gender non-conformity, but with my own twist on it by talking about what I know best: classic rock and the 60s. I wrote this last night in about 15 or 20 minutes. Some jokes, some truths. Lots of fun for any 60s fanatic.

You might have already known that I used to do theatre (gotta live up to that bisexual stereotype there) and I’d write and act in skits and sketches back in secondary school and university. I also would do improv. Part of my undergrad was theatre! Mostly I did behind the scenes work, not acting. Thankfully, there was no Tiktok back then so you won’t be seeing any of that cringe. I get nervous about sharing my videos on my blog since I’m quite self conscious, except when it comes to radio, but my friends really liked this video I made so I decided to share it here and hopefully it will get a few laughs. My stuff is usually the cringe so bad it’s good approach.

Some favourite out of context lines: “The Rolling Stones? More like the Rolling Sluts” and “The US is a proud Kink Free Zone”.

In all seriousness, there were definitely people like this in the 60s. Religious nuts burnt Beatles records. Reading all about these classic rock bands, I’ve seen a lot of them talk about how they were mistaken for girls, given trouble while in the US, called a bad influence (which maybe there’s some truth to that – classic rockers aren’t known for being squeaky clean), and songs being banned on the radio for being too sexual or about drugs. It’s funny looking at what was considered provocative then versus now. The Lemon Song was basically the WAP of the 60s, but it doesn’t sound anywhere near as explicit as WAP.

Even as a teenager, I have memories of telling my friends that I liked the fashion of the 60s and showing them pictures of my favourite bands and my friends saying “they look gay”. I think that’s a silly comment. Gay doesn’t have a look. Straight doesn’t have a look. Gender doesn’t have a look. But I think we have to keep in mind that we look at past eras with rose tinted glasses and the 60s weren’t all about freedom and expressing yourself however you wanted. There was still a lot of conformity and you were expected to cut your hair short if you wanted to get a good job. Rock stars and celebrities weren’t the norm. We mostly talk about the extraordinary, not the ordinary when we talk about the past.

I really don’t get what’s the big deal about men having long hair and wearing “women’s clothes”. Wear what you want, grow your hair if you want. Express yourself! I guess we take for granted that in America and Western Europe, there’s relatively a lot of freedom as far as that stuff goes and no one really cares too much if you want to look androgynous, but I’ve seen Russians talk about how especially if you’re outside of Moscow and St Petersburg, you can get a lot of crap if you’re a guy with long hair. As much as I want to visit Russia, I wonder if I’d be safe.

That’s enough rambling for today.

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