David Bowie was a complicated and fascinating public figure. He was heavily political in various different ways throughout his career, and always seemed to be wrapped in layer upon layer of art and aesthetics and half-truths and exaggerations. He wore his sexuality like statement clothing – out and proud and visible, but changeable at will. The only thing that never changed about him was his extraordinary impact, not only on the music industry but on popular culture in general.
It was inevitable, I guess. Not that I’m saying it’s right, ‘cos it most certainly isn’t – but there are a few dead certs we can count on in this day and age. One of them is this: if a woman appears in a piece of media, people are going to talk about how she looks in it. And it’s not going to be pleasant.