Scottish singer Annie Lennox and Eurythmics bandmate Dave Stuart are about to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their breakthrough 1983 synth-pop hit Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) made it on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
What really turned heads, however, was the video for Sweet Dreams. Lenox donned a man's suit and sported short hair.
In a recent interview, she talked about how that look challenged audiences.
Also, people felt that I was challenging for them, definitely because of the way I projected my persona onstage — wearing a man's suit, cutting my hair. It was definitely quite threatening at that point in time. And now I love this new arrival of language. We have “genderfluid”; it's not “gender-bender,” which was so insulting, in a way. It was insulting because it was a bit like, “Oh this is a bit of a joke.” And when people are feeling threatened, they turn it into a joke. I mean, certainly in the media, with the headlines of “gender-bender,” I felt there was a kind of reductive quality in it.
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A reporter asked Governor DeSantis what he thought about the gender-fluid look of Annie Lenox in the now-classic video. A visibly perturbed DeSantis replied, "Florida doesn't need Annie Lenox or her big p*nis feminism."
Ms. Lennox hasn't responded to the idiot.
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