Was Luca Gay?

You mightn’t be aware, but there’s been a huge fuss in Italy over a song that’s been nominated for the Latin equivalent of the Ivor Novellos, the San Remo Music Festival. The tune in question is called “Luca was Gay”, and not surprisingly, the lyric has been causing a few people a few problems:

Rome, December 23 – Italian gay rights group Arcigay on Tuesday threatened to disrupt Italy’s biggest musical event of the year, the Sanremo song festival, if a song apparently about ‘converting’ gays to heterosexuality is not pulled.

The song by 36-year-old Milan singer-songwriter Povia, entitled Luca Was Gay, was announced on Monday as one of 16 numbers that will compete for the title of best song at next year’s festival in February.

There was some wise editorial from ex-gay watch:

Arcigay’s protest may not be a solution; it will not go down well with ex-gay groups, who can easily use this example to claim that gays are intolerant of ex-gays, as do groups like PFOX in the United States. In fact, Italian politican Luca Volonte from The Union of Christian and Centre Democrats was quoted as saying the move to force the song’s exclusion is “a clear attempt at discrimination and censorship”. Will this protest be used as a fodder for ex-gay ministries in the future? Time will tell.

which was then let down by some of the comments from site contributors:

There is a big difference between “censoring” or suppressing a song, and denying a pro-bigotry song top honors at a music festival.

Tolerance is not equivalent to affirmation, and it is ridiculous to claim that gay people must quietly allow bigotry to be affirmed lest they be accused of intolerance.

Why is this such a let down? Well, courtesy of Warren T we now have a translation of the song. Can anybody tell me what is bigoted about the following?

INTRO:
Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.

1st VERSE:
Luca says: Before telling you about my sexual change, I want to clarify that if I believe in God I can’t recognise myself in human thought which is divided on this matter, I haven’t gone to psychologists, psychiatrists, priests nor scientists.

I’ve gone into my past, delved into it and found out a lot about myself.

My mother had too much love for me, her love turned into full obsession with her convictions, her attentions wouldn’t let me breathe.

My father used to take no decisions and I could never talk with him, he was away at work all day, but I had the feeling that wasn’t the truth, that’s why Mum asked for divorce, I was 12 and didn’t really understand my father, he said ‘that’s the right solution’ and started to drink after sometime.

Mum always spoke badly of Dad to me and used to say ‘never get married, for God’s sake.

She was sick jealous of my girlfriends and my identity was growing confused.

Chorus:
Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man

Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.

2nd VERSE:

I’m another man now, but at that time I was looking for answers, I was ashamed so looked for my answers in hiding, some used to say ‘it’s natural.’

I studied Freud and he didn’t think the same, then high school finished but I didn’t know what happiness was, a big man made my heart shake and that’s when I knew I was a homosexual.

I had no inhibitions with him, he courted me and I thought that was love, yes with him I could feel myself, but then it became like a competition on who made the best sex.

I felt guilty, sooner or later they’ll catch him, but if evidence disappears he’ll be acquitted.

I was looking for who my father was in men, and I used to go with men not to betray my mother.

2nd Chorus:
Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart. Luca says I’m another man.

Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.

SPECIAL:
Luca says: For 4 years I’d been with a man through love and deceptions, we often betrayed each other.

I was still looking for my truth, that big eternal love, then I met her at a party, among a lot of people, she had nothing to do with it all, she listened to me, undressed me, understood me. I only remember that I missed her the day after.

This is my story, only my story, no illness, no recovery.

Dear Dad, I’ve forgiven you even though you’ve never come back here.

Mum, I often think of you and I love you, and sometimes still see your reflection.

But now I’ve become a father and I’m in love with the only woman I’ve ever loved.

Final Chorus:
Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.

Luca was gay and now he’s together with her, Luca speaks from his heart, Luca says I’m another man.

I grant you that some people might not like what Povia is describing of his life story, but how can relating ones own experiences be bigoted? Unless of course, the real issue is that groups like Arcigay simply don’t want anybody to hear an alternative understanding of human sexuality from the “once gay, always gay” mantra that they and others constantly churn out.

But, and in light of the Pet Shop Boys retrospective last night on the Brits, thank your lucky stars that at least Povia’s performance is guaranteed to be better than this:

Personally, I’m about to go North by North West (to the kitchen). Morning coffee beckons…

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