July 22, 2014

SOMEWHAT INSANE




A TALE OF TWO CITIES

NYC HIGHRISE WITH A SEPARATE ENTRANCE FOR POOR PEOPLE

Gawker: "It would be difficult to come with a more on-the-nose metaphor for New York City's income inequality problem than the new high-rise apartment building coming to 40 Riverside Boulevard, which will feature separate doors for regular, wealthy humans and whatever you call the scum that rents affordable housing."

MORE:   GAWKER.COM

TRUTH!




SET YOUR DVRS!

From Martha Wash: "Darlins just got word that the upcoming season of TV One’s hit music docu-series Unsung will be a good one! My feature airs WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 8PM/ET – Martha Wash #unsung"

BASEMENT JAXX: NEVER SAY NEVER

I haven't really followed the Basement Jaxx but I did love their hit 2001 Do Your Thing. I like their new track Never Say Never, but the video is raising eyebrows. Maybe it'll create enough curiosity within the dying music industry to help launch what's actually a pretty song with hooks--it's refreshing to hear pretty piano chords in a dance song. But I'm wondering if people will view this latest offering as:

 a) just another dance video from European producers which objectifies women, as so many do. Even though this is not a woman, but a robot woman without a head. Does the fact that the robot has no head further demean women as turning them literally into a piece of @ss with no face to talk back to a man as she shakes her money-maker solely for his pleasure?

b) There are so many dance videos where models wearing next to nothing cavort to the beat--the formula was worn out 15 years ago, if selling sex ever wears out. So is this twerkbot derivative, reductive or whatever buzz word we are currently using to let the Basement Jaxx know that they've failed to reinvent anything in an attempt to reinvent themselves? Or have they ripped someone else off? We love to make that accusation. Robot drag worked last summer for Daft Punk. And the hookiest part of the song has chords similar to the frequently revived/remixed/covered Womack & Womack jam Teardrops. Hmmm...

c) Is Basement Jaxx is not aware of the twerking controversy or are they trying to cash in on it? I don't know if the producers are gay or not, but will someone claim that they're appropriating black women's culture by twerking? And is it ok for straight men to appropriate black women's culture?

d) A woman of color seems to be teaching the robot to twerk as they formulate it. They only show her backside, but isn't that what twerking is all about? And the robot's @ss, while rubber, is decidedly caucasian. Miley Cyrus was criticized for twerking with black women with big butts. Can a robot sprayed white get away with it?

e) Are these synthetic butts recyclable? Or will they eventually join that massive island of plastic bags and soda bottles which can't biodegrade that's the size of that island the size of Belgium floating in the Pacific?

f) e) In this video, scientists have manufactured something roughly female. So is this transphobic?

g) Is this racist towards asians by painting them as clinical, calculating and working in a scientific field? Is this perpetuating the notion that asians push their children too hard or does it offend whites, blacks and latinos who don't push as hard?

h) Do the Basement Jaxx, in the intro, dare to critique their main audience of clubbers, many of whom have stopped dancing in favor of taking selfies and even dancing to songs about selfies? Maybe these guys are old and out of touch.

i) Should the big bucks used in this expensive video have been sent to kids without water in Detroit, kidnapped Nigerian girls, victims of the recent typhoon or the feature film Hurricane Bianca instead?

j) Can we just enjoy a decent song without worrying so much about everything?

What do you think?

July 21, 2014

LAST 2 PERFORMANCES OF CLOWNS SYNDROME!

I'm headed to Provincetown from 8/3-Labor Day so my last two performances of Clowns Syndrome are July 22nd and July 29th at 8PM. LadyBunnyTix.com for tickets.

A HOOT!




COURTESY OF PRINCESS DIANDRA




R.I.P. ELAINE STRITCH

July 20, 2014

MY FIRST EVER RUN IN PROVINCETOWN!

I'll be performing at the A House on Thurs, Fri, Sat all of August. And then djing a retro night of disco, 80s, 90s, current stuff that's good--which is increasingly rare. So if you're on the cape, don't miss:


HILARIOUS!




2 REMAINING PERFORMANCES OF CLOWNS SYDROME

Hey all! I'm headed to Ptown for the month of August, so I'm wrapping up my show Clowns Syndrome which has been running strong with 2 extensions and standing ovations since April. I know summer schedules are busy with vacations and such, but if you're around I'd love for you to see what I feel is my best one woman show to date. Of course there are song parodies and demented pouch lines, but I've also developed my comic voice and address a few subjects like gentrification, cell phone abuse and "Trannygate." For the first time in my life, I teamed up with a comedy writer, Beryl Mendelbaum, who is excellent at softening my rants with a punchline. So if you're around either this Tuesday July 22nd or July 29th, I would love for you to see it at La Escuelita!

Musically, it's a very diverse mix with nods to Adele, Prince, Daft Punk, Frank Sinatra, Bobbie Gentry, Dame Shirley Bassey and recently departed Frankie Knuckles. And the word is that singing-wise, I sound better than ever. Here's my favorite review:

IrishCentral.com: A downtown drag fixture for over two and a half decades, in her new show Clowns Syndrome the self professed “pig in a wig” has crafted the funniest, most engagingly thoughtful and by far the most entertaining drag show I have ever seen.

Micheal Musto called it "the funniest show in town." And we know how jaded Miss Musto is!

Hope you can make it! The ticket price is as cheap as my humor!  And it's all new material! --B

July 18, 2014

BEYOND BEWITCHING!




VERY LITTLE NEWS ON DETROIT WATER SHUT-OFF

If you google Detroit, Obama and water you get a few news articles from June 28th when Detroit democrat John Conyers asked Obama for help with the looming crisis. Why are we (including the news) all giving Obama a pass for not addressing this? Because he's black? Because we'd like to imagine that well into Obama's second term, that this is a mess left over from Bush? Or Because we think Obama's heart is in the right place but the do-nothing Congress is obstructing the action he could take on behalf of poor Detroit residents? (I don't think he needs Congress to declare a health emergency.) If this article is accurate, the water shut-off affects way more people than I'd imagined.

"The shutoff of water to tens of thousands of Detroit residents is a social crime. Although the city is located by the Great Lakes—which contain one-fifth of the world’s fresh water—there is no water to drink, bathe, cook or flush away sewage for thousands of people.

Up to 150,000 households—behind on their bills by as little as two months, or $150—have been targeted. Every week, 3,000 homes, inhabited by single mothers, children, the elderly and sick, low-income and unemployed workers, are having their taps turned off.

In the 21st century, in what is supposedly the richest country in the world, a modern American city has been reduced to Third World conditions, with residents forced to carry buckets from neighbors’ homes or fire hydrants, or relying on emergency supplies of bottled water delivered by volunteers from Canada. With temperatures rising, there is a real danger of the outbreak of disease and a catastrophic public health crisis.

These conditions are an indictment of capitalism, a system that guarantees billions of dollars to banks and big corporations while depriving workers and young people of the most basic necessities of civilized life. The entire political establishment—from President Obama, Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan, to the City Council, the trade unions and the media—are guilty of a premeditated crime, which everyone knows will lead to devastation and even death.

City officials are slandering the victims of this cruel and inhuman policy as shirkers who refuse to pay their water bills. Detroit’s water prices have gone up 119 percent over the last decade and are now twice the national average. If nearly half of the population is unable to pay their bills, it is only a measure of the social disaster in Detroit."

This article goes on to denounce even the local democrat who asked Obama for help. And several of the petitions forwarded yesterday:

"Phony opponents of the water shutoffs such as US Congressman John Conyers and groups tied to the Democratic Party like Moratorium Now, the Greens and the Detroit Water Brigade, have claimed the Obama administration can be pressured to protect workers.

This is a lie. Everything Obama has done since taking office—from bank bailouts, attacks on auto workers and slashing food stamps and unemployment benefits, to waging new wars and organizing police state spying on the population—has only accelerated the social counterrevolution against working people.

While Obama handed trillions to Wall Street, the president has refused to bail out Detroit, and attorneys for his Justice Department intervened on behalf of Orr to block lawsuits by retirees. Far from defending workers, the Obama administration is using the Detroit bankruptcy to launch a nationwide attack on public workers and their pensions.

Many of the groups around the Democratic Party say the water cutoffs are a “racist” attack carried out by white Republican politicians like Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. This is aimed at concealing the class interests behind the bankruptcy and bolstering illusions in black Democratic Party politicians like Conyers and Obama.
Earlier this month, Governor Snyder appointed an emergency manager in Lincoln Park, a downriver Detroit suburb with a majority white population that has been ravaged by the economic crisis. This only underscores the fact that the capitalist system is attacking the entire working class in the US and around the world and that this can be stopped only by uniting all workers—black, white, native born and immigrant.

The provision of water, electricity and other utilities and the guarantee of decent-paying and secure jobs, health care, housing and education are social rights over which there can be no compromise. Access to water must be freely available to everyone. All shutoffs must be immediately stopped, and those whose water has been turned off must have access to this basic necessity restored immediately."

Many of you will probably be skeptical of any website with Socialist in it's name. You should be skeptical of everything. But is a capitalist system providing water to all Americans? I hope you all agree that "Access to water must be freely available to everyone." Or you die. Is that the America that you want? It's the one you've got.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/15/wate-j15.html

LITTLE SHOW STOPPERS!

Everything about this screams fun. And I can't believe that the drumming on a tin can and chanting by a child on the sidewalk has more spirit and sophistication than a lot of music we hear in clubs nowadays. I hope whoever filmed this at least tipped them well. Is this Brazil?

SUCH A SCREAM!




GRRRRRR...



While I despise hashtags, this make an excellent point. I wonder how mush less the offshore holdings or the deficit would be if corporations actually paid taxes like us little people do. I wonder how many Fortune 500 companies pay any taxes at all? Some huge corporations make zillions and pay $0 in taxes. I know that GE, which owns MSNBC, was paying about 1/5th of it's taxes a few years ago. Maybe that's why MSNBC can't bring itself to broadcast the biggest news story: neither party represents working people. Both parties jump through hoops to satisfy the wealthy and corporations which have bought them off with campaign contributions. So if income inequality matters to you, you'll get none of that from either major party. Not Hillary and not even Elizabeth Warren. The government, which is supposed to represent us, is actually our oppressor.

I don't know how bad things have to get for you to realize that you're being oppressed by those you are tricked into electing, but it would seem like more people whose dreams have been smashed and who now just pray for solvency would be ready to snap. But we're so distracted by things we obsess about for a moment--Nigerian girls missing or Syrian children being gassed--that we never can focus on how badly most of us are doing. With no signs of improvement.

July 17, 2014

NOW I'M HORRIFIED!

We were horrified by the footage of injured and dying kids in Syria who’d been gassed—so horrified that the Obama administration tried to attack Syria despite the whole country’s weariness of war.

We were horrified by kids getting shot at Sandy Hook but we can’t get any legislation passed to limit magazine sizes—not even to a smaller magazines which would prevent massacres like the ones in our schools, movie theaters and military bases.

We are horrified by the plight of immigrant children from Central America fleeing violence, murder and rape that they face in their own countries.

We are horrified by sex trafficking of children and child pornography.

We are horrified when Obama kills innocent US citizens in their teens with drone strikes in Yemen. And kills children in Pakistan.

We are horrified by the conditions of sweat shops that children endure in many countries as we wear the clothes made in the sweat shops.

Many of us are horrified by abortion which terminates children before they are even children.

But we aren’t too concerned about the kids in Detroit whose water has been shut off and are being told to “drink til it hurts.”

Did your news not show this? Do you consider yourself a Christian? Are you struggling so hard that someone else's nightmare seems petty to you? I am truly reaching to understand why the news that people don’t have water in the US isn’t causing more of a stir. It’s summer. It’s hot. You get thirsty. And you drink some water. Unless the government has shut yours off, as it has for many families unable to pay for it after an increase in water rates in a bankrupt city.

Obama was asked for help weeks ago but is too busy trying to secure $3.7 billion to insure that the refugees from Central America are looked after. Can you please sign this petition which asks him to declare Detroit a public health emergency? If you care more about who was let go from The View than kids without water in the summer, maybe you are what’s wrong with this country. You’re well-versed in bullsh(t and generally claim to be horrified when children are endangered in any of the above ways, yet you probably won’t sign a petition to help children in Detroit get water.


SIGN:   TURNTHEWATERON

I THINK I SAW BIANCA DEL RIO

July 16, 2014

GOOD CLEAN FUN!