Maneskin on Queerbaiting Claims

You probably know Moonshine. Even if you haven’t volunteered to listen to their music, you most likely saw their performance at last year’s VMAs or even their Eurovision performance back in 2021.

At this point, the Italian rock band is probably just as well known for their eccentric sense of style, both on stage and on the red carpet — we’re talking garters, lots of eye makeup and so on. Look at the picture below, you get the deal.

Two of the band’s members — Victoria De Angelis and Ethan Torchio, the first and third people from the left in this photo — identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The other two, Damiano David and Thomas Raggi, identify as straight.

Apparently, Damiano and Thomas have been accused of queerbaiting as a result of their own style choices – a topic the band addressed in a recent interview with The Guardian.

“There are some cases where it happens, but sometimes (the charges are) so extreme,” Victoria said. “It’s stupid of queer people, who should be fighting these stereotypes, to label it like this and create more hate.”

“The fact (that Raggi and David) are straight doesn’t mean they can’t wear makeup. Or heels.”

Damiano added that his and Thomas’ personal expressions of style are often influenced by their queer-identifying bandmates. “Everything me and Thomas do is always filtered by two people who are (queer),” he said. “Of course we don’t experience the same thing, but we live very closely together with people from society every day.”

Damiano also pointed out that they have received backlash from people in Italy because of their style choices. “We’ve always been very divisive. There’s a bunch of people who love us and are very proud of what we do, and then there’s a whole other section made up of conservative and traditional rock’n’roll fans and fascists, who hate us with everything they have.”

In short, Moonlight seems to keep doing their thing, and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with it. We’ll see what they come up with next!

Read the entire interview here.

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