“I suddenly recognized the flavor in my mouth: it's the taste of power.”
Music: ‘Sugar Daddy,’ from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as sung by that other gay angel, Neil Patrick Harris
Warnings: It’s a Good Omens vid to ‘Sugar Daddy’ from Hedwig and the Angry Inch . . . YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. (Also some very quick cuts starting at 3:58.)
So, this vid would not exist at all without ileolai. His ‘ecstatically queer,’ metaphor-heavy, and D/s-influenced reading of this show is, frankly, the best analysis of it I’ve seen anywhere. It’s everything I could feel was lurking underneath the surface of the story and couldn’t quite discover myself. It was him who pointed out the clear thematic congruence between Aziraphale’s journey to empowerment and wholeness and that of Hansel/Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and it was him who fucking hijacked my brain with NPH’s gloriously filthy performance of this song at the Tonys (if you’ve never seen it, treat yo self.) Anyway, what I’m saying is: I just made the vid.
If you’re unfamiliar with Hedwig, Hansel/Hedwig is from East Berlin. He meets an American GI (the sugar daddy in the song) and eventually agrees to get a sex change so that they can legally marry and he can move to America. (The sex change gets botched and the sugar daddy later leaves, but we'll overlook this part.) So then, if East and West Berlin are Heaven and Hell and the demon tempting you to turn against your people and your former identity in favor of life with him on earth is an American sugar daddy, it all, in fact, works rather well. (The rest of the movie involves Hedwig’s journey to reconcile her split identity.)
If you enjoy this vid, I strongly encourage you to read all of ileolai’s fantastic meta:
Mirrors in Good Omens (ie: what are all these other characters doing in this vid?)
good omens d/s (Considerably more bawdy/tongue-in-cheek than the other two but also with, like, Shakespeare references. The post that birthed this vid.)
And two pieces that weren’t written by ileolai, but also influenced this vid:
Why is Aziraphale so gay? (AO3 login required.)
Making An Effort: Queer (Trans) Masculinity in the Ethereal & Occult Beings of Good Omens (Based on the book rather than the show, but still good.)
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