Brokeback Sinopop

Here’s the cover of Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou’s new album, “On the Run.”


Not visible here: Jay’s Marilyn Monroe ring and the pink box the album comes in. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Now, before I be accused of Jay-bashing (sorry for the pun), I like Jay and I suspect I’ll like this album, too. But his new “pink cowboy” motif comes after more than a year of enduring Kangta and Vanness, so I wonder who decided that marketing straight stars as ambiguously gay was the thing to do in China. I guess it’s hardly worse than marketing gay stars as straight, though.

Hmm. That reminds me, I haven’t heard a Wham! song in ages.