Am I the only one to see this? It’s the first thing I thought of. And as I keep seeing Stefani’s album cover on social media, it continues to be my only reaction to it.
The fellow on the right, if you don’t know, is Ghirahim, a big bad from Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword who’s notable for being… a little freaky. For a character in a Nintendo game, he has a considerable sexual charge, and it’s often directed at the series hero, Link. Nintendo made him a playable character in the new Zelda spin-off, Hyrule Warriors, and his intro trailer conveys his shtick pretty straightforwardly.
The tongue-waggling. The snooty laugh. The tights. I feel like most audiences would recognize him as a gay-coded character. (There’s a pun on the phrase Skyward Sword to be made, obviously, and in fact, you find out in the end that Ghirahim is actually a sentient sword, so make of that what you will.) And as unlikely a Nintendo character as he seems, the company has embraced Ghirahim, even putting him in the new Smash Bros.. Online, there’s no shortage of fan-made reaction to the guy, and now Gwen Stefani has just found a new reason to make me think about Nintendo’s new favorite embodiment of all things salacious and campy and not-explicitly-gay-but-yeah-basically-gay.
How fun for her.
Who Wore It Better? — previously:
- Bob Dylan / Jean-Ralphio
- Amy Sedaris / Lil from Squibillies
- Bjork / a gerenuk
- Jane Lynch / an angry ostrich
- Lena Dunham / Little Critter
- Kim Kardashian / a sex robot from a vintage Japanese comic book
- Fiona Apple / some other chick wearing an octopus hat
- Kris Jenner / Eclipso
- Michael Cera / Edith Crawley
- Lana Del Rey / Camilla Rhodes
- Adam Scott / Seth Gabel
- Tabatha Coffey / an angry, white cat
- Grace Jones / a cassowary
- Serena Williams / She-Hulk
- Kim Kardashian / Grimace
- Coco / the Venus of Willendorf