"Little Richard's legacy also reminds us why American youth culture always returns back to queer style, or style that transgresses heteronormative gender roles and expectations. Queer is not to be conflated with a sexual preference, but a failure of hetero and cis normative ways of showing up in the world. In this case, through performance and aesthetics. Meaning, you can still have a heterosexual sex life and still be labeled queer in other parts of your life. The reason why we see these risings of people who employ queerness in their performance and appearance again and again and again is because Little Richard created the mold for such things to happen again and again and again. Because a queer person played a huge role in creating the bedrock of American youth culture, which is rock 'n' rolll, is why we see these queer expressions resurrect routinely in the culture. This makes the cyclical rise of the rebellious, queer rock and pop star seem less as an act of cultural radicalism and more methodical. I'd argue that folks like Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Prince, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, George Clinton, Elton John, Lil Uzi Vert, Rick James, Young Thug, Miguel, and many more aren't these random cultural explosions, but they're actually following a pattern and blueprint set by Little Richard. They are staying faithful to who created the dreamscape so that they could even hope to make a noise." Myles E. Johnson
The earliest version of Little Richard’s ‘Tutti Frutti,’ which he sang while touring with a troupe of queer artists of colour, championed anal sex. His live audiences delighted in lyrics like ‘tutti frutti, good booty, if it don’t fit, don’t force it, you can grease it make it easy.’ Censored and repackaged in the commodity of a 7” inch single, Little Richard released a radio-friendly version of his penetration anthem. A queer reading of ‘Tutti Frutti’ could interpret the song to be about homosexual sex, but the song ‘ambiguously figured as male-male and/or male-female,’ and it is within such ambiguity that Little Richard’s queer pop persona resides.