Because The Boss Belongs To Us Podcast: Bruce Springsteen As A Gay Icon!

Frank Racioppi
Ear Worthy
Published in
4 min readJun 14, 2024

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Every once in a while, a podcast comes along that defines the best podcasting has to offer and demonstrates the limitations of legacy media.

I’m from New Jersey, or as locals and detractors call it — “Jersey.” The state has always suffered an image problem, and the media has only made it worse. The Sopranos came to embody what New Jersey was to million of viewers. Jersey Shore added an element of dim-witted young adults who care only for tan lines, hook-ups, feedback from their mirror, and the verbal dexterity to utter “Fuhgeddaboudit.”

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Bruce Springsteen (The Boss) is one of the most talented musical artists to come from New Jersey, with all due respect to Mr. Sinatra.

The Boss represents New Jersey and life there, but also the lives of many hard-working Americans. He’s a blue-collar singer whose keen sense of what makes us uniquely American explains his long-time popularity. If you’ve even seen one of his shows, Springsteen doesn’t have performers swinging on cables or appearing in a puff of smoke in elaborate costumes. There are no lavish sets, or visually striking images. It’s just dirt under your fingernails’ music.

With that background in mind, let me introduce you to Because the Boss Belongs To Us, which is a narrative podcast series all about how, though you might not expect it, Bruce Springsteen is a queer icon. Over seven episodes, Jesse Lawson and Holly Casio go on a…

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Frank Racioppi
Ear Worthy

I am a South Jersey-based writer who manages Podcast Reports on Blogger and have a book available on Amazon about podcasts and podcasting called “Ear Worthy.”