For some reason (I sincerely don’t know why) this song just popped into my head. I googled and found the lyrics linked above, and it hit me that if My Fair Lady were written to day, Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering would have ended the play as gay lovers. Look at some of these lyrics:
Men are so pleasant, so easy to please;
Whenever you are with them, you’re always at ease.
Well, why can’t a woman be like you?
But by and large we are a marvelous sex!
Why can’t a woman take after like a man?
Cause men are so friendly, good natured and kind.
A better companion you never will find.
Men are so decent, such regular chaps.
Now, the real point of the song is probably summed up in the last line, as Higgins reveals who his true love really is:
Why can’t a woman be like me?
I have a hunch (and I’m not going to bother to Google to prove or disprove it) that there are any number of “scholarly” articles examining this song, and the play as a whole for homosexual undertones.
However, those undertones most likely spring from George Bernard Shaw’s misogynism which was a significant part of the plot of his play
, on which My Fair Lady was based. I wrote a paper on high school on Shaw’s hatred of women as made evident in both Pygmalion and Man and Superman. (Contrary to what they once said on Cheers, that’s not the one where Superman battles the Mole People.) While apparently heterosexual, Shaw, like most socialists and progressives, had a negative opinion of people, especially women. (He did, however, advocate equal political rights for women. Also like most socialists and progressives, he had a high opinion of himself.) In a foreword or afterword (I can’t remember which) to an edition of Pygmalion I read as a kid, he argued against changing the ending of Pygmalion, where Eliza chooses to marry Freddy, rather than Higgins, because, Shaw argued, women were mercenary about marriage and therefore Eliza would choose the more financially secure and socially prominent Freddy over Higgins. Many, if not most, adaptations and performances, most prominently My Fair Lady, have indeed changed the ending to have Eliza choose Higgins.
I guess if there’s a point to this post, and it’s certainly not where I started writing, it’s to emphasize that, for all their claims to the contrary, socialists, progressives and others of the Left, really do hate people and that’s likely why they’re so eager to have government (of course led by the Left, who somehow escape their otherwise global condemnation of humanity) control them.