In the western tradition of camp, this move is often associated with queer appropriations of popular culture, the most obvious being the overdramatic drag queen, who calls attention to the role playing associated with the female gender by overemphasizing it to a degree that, in the right hands, can be sublimely ridiculous.
Thus, while seems innocuous (and often even somewhat condescending toward both fan culture and cross-dressing), its engagement with these fundamentally disruptive traditions suggests a subtle undermining of Japanese patriarchal and heteronormative traditions.
Despite the entrenchment of established gender roles in Japanese society, is a liminal figure who is "visually and physically neither male nor female; his romantic and erotic interests are directed at other beautiful boys, but his tastes are not exclusively homosexual; he lives and loves outside the heteropatriarchal world inhabited by his readers" (Welker 842).
Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at the elite school, and is appalled by the lazy attitude of the rich and powerful students towards their studies.
The Host Club is a clear example of this: a group of six attractive and wealthy boys spend their time entertaining the female pupils for a profit.
The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students.
Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...Tanpopo Yamazaki, a humble girl from Hokkaido, moves to Tokyo to attend an elite school and make a new life for herself.But for Tanpopo, life at the elitist Meio Academy seems way out of her league.Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented.But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room.Both camp and fan parody complicate traditional narratives by appropriating and refiguring them.