He’ll be filled with diff’rent mixtures

The blog’s gone purple today for Spirit Day, in support of LGBT teens and against anti-LGBT bullying. If you’re an LGBT teenager, be proud! On the other hand, if you’re one of those who needs your consciousness expanded on this particular point, then the golden age of the Hollywood musical would like a word with you—specifically, Ethel Merman and Mitzi Gaynor in 1954’s There’s No Business Like Show Business, throwing “don’t ask, don’t tell” and traditional gender roles to the wind:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzynAzvArJk&fs=1&hl=en_US]

As those better qualified than me to say it have said, it gets better—and if your definition of “better” includes Ethel Merman in sideburns, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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