MTV -- that centralized location for perverse teen culture -- shows the video to the Tatu smash, a melange of images of the girls making out with each other in the rain. MTV.com boasted that parents who dislike the overt sexuality of today's teen pop "might have a cerebral hemorrhage when they see the video." (Another video -- perhaps the second stab at a hit -- shows Lena's face as she apparently masturbates.) MTV first started promoting the band on MTV Russia in late 2000, when one girl was 15 and the other was 16. The song and video "I've Lost My Mind" told of a teenage-lesbian love affair, and with MTV Russia playing it 35 times a week, home-country success was swift. Now, MTV's promoting the band in the big time in America, including a performance on their afternoon request show "Total Request Live."
Remember MTV is part of the Viacom empire that also owns CBS.
Tatu also appeared on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," but their kissing in the instrumental breaks was edited out, much to the outrage of gay activists. "The kiss is as much a part of their song as the lyrics are, being that the song concerns the very homosexual image that Lena and Yulia promote," read one gay man's letter on a fan Web site. And he's right. The lyrics also promote same-sex love, but people constantly miss the lyrics. They can't miss the kissing, which is why the gay community wants it shown. England's gays were scandalized when the hit show "Tops of the Pops" replaced the gay-kissing break with a straight couple kissing in the audience at the same time.
That's how far we're sinking: Gays are now scandalized by overt heterosexuality.
To be sure, so far, the Tatu girls have not been the subject of great promotion and pride from America's gay cultural commissars, which might be due to the rumors that the homosexuality is all just a marketing ploy. While their managers have eagerly released titillating details to the press -- such as how the girls insist on a double bed in their hotel rooms -- they won't confirm the girls are genuine lesbians. Katina claims: "Everybody thinks we are lesbians. But we just love each other."
But doesn't that say something about the shamelessly sexualized teen culture we're stuck with -- that homosexuality is so attractive that non-gays should fake it to advance their careers? And yet no one, and I mean no one, dares ask: Is this right?