JoSi is an interesting element to Duran fandom. It does not seem to be completely unique, though, as many other bands have moments when the lead singer sings with another member of the band. Like Duran, those moments seem to get many of the female fans to start screaming. Why is that? What does that say about fandom? What does that say about females? Is this just a taste of guy-on-guy action? Does this mean that we think or wish them to be gay and together? I obviously can’t know why these moments get some people all…uh…er…excited, but I can acknowledge what I see in the Duran fan community.
First, every female fan that appreciates the JoSi knows that they are both married to women. Do fans think that they are secretly gay and are in a relationship together? Do fans want that? Good questions. I doubt that most fans think that they are gay. Some might think that they are bisexual or have had experiences with members of the same sex, I don’t know. It is possible that some fans want them to be in a relationship together. I don’t know. What would this mean, if that was the case? Would it mean that they wouldn’t be into women at all? Is that what female fans want? I doubt that. Many female fans want to keep a little bit of that fantasy that they could be into them. Do they want them to be bisexual? Maybe. What does this mean to them? Maybe that means that they would have stereotypically gay male characteristics while maintaining a possible interest in women. I don’t know. Could it just be that they think that two hot guys together are super duper hot? I think this is definitely the case with a lot of them, including myself!
Interestingly enough, I also see some fans like to see the JoSi but really hate the idea of them actually being together in that way. I have to admit that I find this very strange. Do they just like John and Simon together like this as a means of showing how good of friends they are? Is it just because they are their two favorite band members? I don’t know. Maybe they don’t like the idea of them being together, romantically, because they are married and want to honor that marriage. I can definitely respect that. I hope that is all it is because, otherwise, I worry about homophobia. I would hope that there would not be any disgust over the idea of any two men together as I truly do believe that everyone should be able to love and be with anyone they want. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that Duran Duran has had homophobia connected with them. In fact, I would argue that part of the reason Duran hasn’t had the critical acclaim that other bands have had is because they were deemed to be too “girly”, “gay”, “non-manly” because of their fashion sense, their use of makeup and their female dominated fanbase. So, I would hope that their fans aren’t contributing to that and can just appreciate the beauty of the JoSi instead!
Personally, I cannot wait to enjoy it myself! I have to warn the people I’m going to the Chicago show with that they better not get in the way of me seeing any and all JoSi moments. I’m sure that Rhonda can help with that as I have threatened her safety and well-being more than a few times after she has blocked my view! I should probably also give them a heads up that I might *squee* a little at those little moments, which may or may not ruin people’s hearing. Just sayin’.