The apparent misspelling of Wilde is of course an allusion to Oscar Wilde, who shared King's ego as well as his disgusting sexual proclivities, though obviously King sees a parallel between the way Wilde was treated and his own fall from grace. Although he is regarded by many today as a gay
icon, Wilde was anything but.
The bisexual Wilde had it all, an attractive wife, two young sons, and his (much over-rated) plays and quick wit brought him fame, fortune and the adulation of Victorian London. Then he corrupted the son of the Marquess of Queensbury - not that "Bowsie" needed much corrupting. In his biography of Lord Alfred Douglas, H. Montgomery Hyde wrote that in private correspondence Douglas said that sodomy had not taken place between them although Wilde had "sucked" him, adding that these "perverted instincts" disappeared when he parted company with Wilde and his crowd.
Wilde's downfall was not his sexuality - which though illegal would have been tolerated if as King points out he hadn't done it in the street and frightened the horses - it was his preying on younger men and then bringing an action for criminal libel against Bowsie's father, the Marquess of Queensberry. After this prosecution failed, Wilde found himself in the dock. Convicted at his retrial, he was gaoled for two years (five years less than King) and ended his days in Paris, in disgrace, poverty and degeneracy.
Like "Vile Pervert" this is an excellent song, and for the same reason, it shows King the way he really is, a man who believes the trappings of wealth and fame give him a God-given right to corrupt the young.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2