Kate Bush Is Not Quite Dame Kate Bush, But Close Enough
Yesterday, Kate Bush was given a new title: CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The Queen of England presented her with the honor at Windsor Castle, a place I imagine to be capital-R-Romantic enough to suit Kate Bush’s affinity of flowing dresses, slow motion, and melodrama.
In a statement reported by BBC News, Kate Bush says of the award:
The face that Kate Bush seems genuinely honored but also unafraid to use the award as a relatively banal holiday decoration gets to the heart of why I love her so much, and why, I believe, she is so thoroughly embraced by LGBT culture. Kate Bush embodies Camp, blurring the lines between sincerity and insincerity, and, hopefully, causing us to pause. Perhaps even think.
Camp seems to be regaining some cultural steam lately, and I think Ru Paul’s Drag Race is playing no small part. With Sharon Needles winning last season and Jinx Monsoon certainly a fan favorite of this season (if not poised to win), Camp is being traipsed across America’s cultural radar with increasing frequency and increasing interest.
Of course, Kate Bush is one of Camp’s most prominent figures of the past–along with many other women commonly embraced by LGBT culture. Head over to Slate’s new column, Postcards from Camp, where the latest entry gives a pretty good theoretical overview of why Camp is so obsessed with women. In the mean time, enjoy Kate Bush here: