This Man on Man Cowboy ‘Stripper’ Kiss Just Wowed Eurovision
Brokeback Mountain, but make it fashion.
Eurovision is underway and, as always, it’s filled with wild performances to remember. But one in particular is sticking out for its ultra-queerness.
Achille Lauro, whose real name is Laura De Marinis, took to the stage during the semi-finals with a fiery rendition of his song “Stripper.” Dressed as a cowboy, he represented the hell out of San Marino in his 11th year at Eurovision, possibly even outdoing all of his past outrageous and well-loved performances.
But the real memorable moment for many fans of the singer came when he grabbed his guitarist, Boss Doms, and brought him in for a kiss.
\u201cRecap of Achille Lauro's Jury performance for San Marino:\n- His cowboy hat fell off while he was riding the bull\n- PYRO GUITAR IS BACK\n- THERES A KISS BETWEEN HIM AND THE GUITARIST\n- This is so good\n#EUROVISION\u201d— charley (@charley) 1652298277
\u201cIL BACIO DI ACHILLE LAURO E BOSS DOMS IN MONDOVISIONE STO ASCENDENDO\n#Eurovision #ESCita\u201d— V\u00e5le\ud83d\udc0d; Campioni d'italia \ud83c\udfc6\ud83c\uddee\ud83c\uddf9 (@V\u00e5le\ud83d\udc0d; Campioni d'italia \ud83c\udfc6\ud83c\uddee\ud83c\uddf9) 1652384660
\u201cHe's a stripper, a cowboy and everything he wants to be! It's ACHILLE LAURO! \ud83d\ude09 \ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddf2 #Eurovision #ESC2022\u201d— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision Song Contest) 1652384365
It isn’t the first time the two have smooched on stage, and fans were thrilled to see Boss Doms joining the singer during his performance — and, of course, to see where things went.
\u201cWhatever, Europe, here some more Achille Lauro and Boss Doms PDA sessions (they\u2019re both straight but we don\u2019t care):\n#Eurovision #ESC2022\u201d— frannie\u2019s debut era (@frannie\u2019s debut era) 1652384817
\u201cno thoughts just ACHILLE LAURO and BOSS DOMS\n\n#Eurovision #ESC2022 #escita\u201d— miriana\ud83e\udddb\ud83c\udffb\u200d\u2640\ufe0f (@miriana\ud83e\udddb\ud83c\udffb\u200d\u2640\ufe0f) 1652385298
As many pointed out, Eurovision has always been for the gays, in a sense — the aesthetics and theatrics are always rather queer — but the competition hasn’t always been willing to be so explicitly accepting.
Unfortunately, while Achille Lauro’s performance sent viewers into a frenzy, he ultimately didn’t move to the next round. But it was good while it lasted, and it seems pretty likely we’ll be seeing him compete for a 12th year soon — hopefully with Boss Doms in tow once again.
\u201cm\u00e5neskin didn't win for yall to rob our king achille lauro a year later\u201d— amandine \ud83c\udf3b (@amandine \ud83c\udf3b) 1652391285
\u201cachille lauro said i don't care about the meaning of eurovision i just want to go on stage in my underwear and ride on mechanical bull \n#Eurovision\u201d— bella stronza (@bella stronza) 1652081621
\u201che didn't win eurovision but eurovision won by having achille lauro on that stage he's a true star and an artist and he will always be famous #eurovision\u201d— dieci \ud83d\udc90 (@dieci \ud83d\udc90) 1652390207