I must confess that I never took interest in the casting show German Idol (German title: Deutschland sucht den Superstar).
What I know is that Daniel Küblböck was the talk of the show’s first season. The winner was selected by an audience vote. He did not win, but enough people voted for him to keep him present until the third last show of the season. His voice was average and he was not hot. He got the votes because hundreds of magazines and TV shows mentioned him. This was a management decision. Astroturfing. A decision from the elites is given the appearance as if it were a grassroot phenomenon.
Why was he hyped? He was a man-child, androgynous, gender confused and very outspoken about it. He also was a genuinely nice guy, likable, and the perfect promotion conduit. But there is a time limit for influencing teenagers and those who pushed him out of a bread-winning lifestyle into a big financial straw fire knew it from the beginning. It was cynical.
Soon the hype was over. He started to invest his money in real estate and stocks, I guess, with mixed success. Kübelböck fell off the radar. Eventually, he got himself adopted by a millionaire. It smacks of prostitution.
The movie “Pretty Woman” is a fantasy. The reality of courtesanship is not pretty. The entertainment industry is authoritarian and a sexual exploitation. There is nothing romantic about it.
In recent months Kübelböck posted pictures of himself in female clothes. For all I can see, his general demeanor did not speak for a gender dysphoria at all. He was not a transsexual. He hit the rock bottom (pun intended) of sexual exploitation. History of men knows many male prostitutes that dressed like women.
His recent profile name on Instagram was “Rose,” like the character from the movie “Titanic.” On Sunday morning he climbed over the railing of a big ship. Nobody called him back. He jumped into the icy waters of Canada and sank to his death.
A war cry of the student protests in the sixties and seventies was “The private is political.” It became synonymous with an attitude of overarching authoritarianism, privacy invasion, and encroachment of individual rights. However, dimming the screeching leftist voices in our heads a bit, we can admit that the individual does shed a light on society and politics at large. This is more so the case for a public figure like Daniel Küblböck.
I saw angry reactions over his death and they come to show us that suicide is never private. A suicide should also not start a cheap blame game. The loved ones who are left behind are often the least responsible for the tragedy. Some people react almost violently. Comments under the newspaper articles claimed that the barely detectable inconveniences of the other passengers or the rescue teams were the reason why they have no respect for the late singer.
I think that the aggressive ones react aggressively because they know that it is exactly people like them that make others go that way. And isn’t it political? Don’t we see people react aggressively who are devoid of self-reflection, can never concede a point, cannot argue and must therefore act out on their victims?
Kübleböck’s suicide is the result of our culture. One reason that pushed him over was that religious homophobia, also embodied in the Torah, caused direct bullying. The second reason is that it drove him into the arms of false friends who exploited this weakness of many religious people to fight religion as such. A third reason was that in the toxic climate created by zealots on both sides people became overprotective of queers and joined in the aggression against perceived attackers. This again makes criticism of homosexuals impossible because the overprotective people deny the possibility that critics can have good intentions.
This is also exactly what we see with Islam although the first round, the aggression against Islam, was originally made up and is a child of ubiquitous propaganda. From there the same dynamics follow. The back and forth between jihadis and people who have come to hate Muslims was hijacked by haters of our Judeo-Christian culture. Then a second layer of manipulated overprotectors emerged.
I wonder how that life had been lived if these hostilities were not an issue. Why haven’t men reached out to him and helped him to find a manly role in society? Nothing spoke against his ability to work on a normal, financially stable job. He had romantic feelings for men and women alike. Did somebody talk to him about fatherhood? One can respect that bisexuals choose members of the same sex as partners, wish them the best and still see that Daniel Kübleböck did not receive that worthwhile love.
His body sank, but his soul rose. I bow down in his honor. Rest in peace.