Would Queen be as popular now if they weren't gay?
I am of two minds on this. One, this stuff is pushed with marketing. There is not a single Fortune 500 corporation that does not fly the rainbow flag. Now that's really amazing because normally business stay out of political issues because they have nothing to gain and everything to lose by alienating people. You did not see top businesses taking a stance against the Iraq war for instance, or against bank bailouts. Couldn't one have prided itself on not taking bailout money? No, we get rainbow flags. It's shoehorned into every movie and TV show. It feels like sexual harassment.
On the other hand it could just be part of the trend of rehashing old culture because our modern culture is so terrible. White hipsters seem to like a lot of 80's music and tv shows now, and activities like cycling, all this SWPL that is free of the POCs and LGBTs ironically. Is Queen SWPL?