His Purpleness, Prince, Angers Gays

November 26, 2008 · Print This Article · Email This Post

The Artist Formerly Known as Prince in 1988His Purpleness, Prince, has stirred up gays with comments made in a recent New Yorker interview. The talented musician, who’s made his living in part by crafting an androgynous persona, became a Jehovah’s Witness seven years ago. Wait! Aren’t those the people whom one hides from, pretending not to be home, when they’re spotted headed towards your house? Yep, those folks. Well, there are the Mormons, too. You can spot them a mile away — gangly young men in white shirts and narrow black ties full of hope and good intentions. You can save yourself a world of time by playing possum when you see either the Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses headed your way.

An Androgynous Prince in ConcertSo, anyway, Prince has got religion, and occasionally proselytizes with other Witnesses. He was recently interviewed in his luxurious 30,000-square-foot mansion in Los Angeles by New Yorker writer Claire Hoffman. It was hard for Hoffman not to notice the purple carpeted front steps, or the purple thrones installed on either side of a living room fireplace or the hallway leading to the singer’s room which was adorned with photos of His Purpleness in various states of undress.

The surprise isn’t the decor, but Prince’s political and religious views. He told Hoffman: “So here’s how it is: You’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this,” he said, pointing to a Bible.” . . . “And then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ve got blue, you’ve got the Democrats, and they’re like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right,” Prince added. When asked for his views on gay marriage and abortion, Prince tapped his Bible again, saying: “God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’ ”

Unhappy gays have complained, and Prince now denies making the comments, saying that the interview wasn’t taped. But who do you believe — the New Yorker, or Prince?

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