I'm thrilled that we've sold 1/2 of the tickets to Wigstock: The Cruise on 8/16. And that's a fantastic response since much of the press is not even yet out. Unlike a club, there is a maximum of 500 attendees, so if you're a world class procrastinator like me and plan on coming, please get yer tix while we have some left from seatea.com. And advance tix are cheaper!
ALAN CUMMING AND RACHEL DRATCH JOIN CAST OF HURRICANE BIANCA!
Two supernovas join Bianca Del Rio in Hurricane Bianca, currently shooting in Texas. This is sounding better and better!
"Hello from very sunny Dallas, Texas! We just finished Day 9 of our film shoot and we have a lot of exciting news to share! The hilarious Saturday Night Live Alum Rachel Dratch and Tony Award winner Alan Cumming will be joining our cast, along with RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Shangela!
"When I read the script, I thought it was genuinely funny and the underlying message of acceptance is very timely," says Rachel Dratch. "Also, anytime I get to hang out with drag queens, I'm there!"
"I am such a huge fan of Bianca and Roy. I think this film will be an amazing way for the world to see and find out more about both of them," adds Alan Cumming.
The film tells the story of a New Yorker who moves to small town Texas to become a high school teacher but then loses his job when they discover he is gay. Peeved from the unfair termination, the teacher returns disguised as a mean lady to get revenge on the nasty town.
"I really can't tell you how my character gets his revenge, but give me forty bucks and I'll get you a scratched DVD with behind the scenes footage, which is just me getting into drag," says Roy Haylock, the scathingly funny standup comedian who catapulted from cabaret act to arena superstar last year when his drag persona, Bianca del Rio, won the sixth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race". Since then, he has performed sold out venues all over the country on his hit "Rolodex of Hate" tour. Variety Magazine recently named Bianca del Rio among their top ten comics to watch in 2015.
Miami drag queen Elaine Lancaster, who I'm joining to work in Mykonos tomorrow, has saved an italian guy by plucking him from a burning car. She's even being called a "shero" on the island. But in truth, the man was fleeing the scene of of one of her performances and he must have had some really good drugs on him for her to risk her life.
FASCINATING INTERVIEW WITH BLACK JUDGE FROM WALLER COUNTY
Waller County, where Sandra Bland died, has an unusual history of racism. Here is an excerpt of an interview with the first black judge from the county, which was the last in the country to abolish slavery.
Dewayne Charleston: "In 1963—1964, my mother went into labor. My brother, my youngest brother, was born in a utility closet right there in Waller County, Austin County. He was born in a utility closet because they would not allow my mother to give birth in rooms that were reserved for whites. Then, if you go forward another 40 years, there’s a lawsuit because the cemeteries are not integrated. The city of Hempstead will not allow certain people to be buried in certain cemeteries, and they will not maintain the Jewish, the white and the black cemeteries equally, even though they own the deeds and have all of the stuff. They settled out of court and supposedly were supposed to begin. So, from cradle to the grave, from the beginning of time of the state of Texas, the republic of Texas, to now, Waller County has been at the forefront of suppression and oppression of African Americans."
ALSO OF NOTE--A VERY DISTURBING VIDEO ON POLICE BRUTALITY AND RACE:
Finally, people are telling the truth about how ridiculous Bible passages are and how people pick and choose the scriptures they like and ignore the crazier ones about eating shellfish. I didn't expect to hear it from a church, but this pastor is lighting up his congregation with what I think is the truth.
I've never watched any Kardashians show in it's entirety, but I did give Caitlyn's show a shot last night. I'm not a fan of reality TV in general, but is this really what people settle for as entertainment nowadays? Such a snooze! And here's a hint--if adding teal hair extensions is as eventful as the "plot" gets, they might have wanted to save all the slightly interesting/funny/touching moments to debut on the show. All of them had already been seen on repeat in the teaser. The chat with the mom, the sports bra joke, the teary "I just want her to be proud of her daddy" and the "Mom already has this dress" look through the closet with Kim. Don't show it to me in advance and then show it again stretched out into an hour and expect praise.
Maybe some of you may feel a connection with Bruce from the Kardashian shows and that makes his transition more interesting to you. Having never seen him as Bruce on those shows, Caitlyn strikes me as a sweet, likable goof. And for people who've had no exposure to trans anything, I guess this show can serve as a Transsexualism 101 and dig into it's many challenges from suicide to family tensions. The last people to evolve on many issues are straight men. By seeing a sports hero who they idolized in their youth dealing with a core change like this, guys are forced to acknowledge that even someone who seemed to have everything may be struggling with something as deep-seated and unsettling as gender identity. This isn't just anyone announcing that they were born in the wrong body. This is a famed Olympian who dudes may have had a poster on their wall of. I don't have to enjoy the TV show to welcome this dialogue. Unfortunately for the show, Caitlyn doesn't seem to have much of a struggle. It would make for better TV if she did. Can't they at least throw in a cat fight with Kris? Trainwrecks, not well adjusted people, rack up reality ratings.
A central theme is Caitlyn's desire to shed light on the tough life that trans people face. She visits the home of a family of a trans teen who has committed suicide. To get there, she switches cars 3 times and even lays down in the back of one to avoid the paparazzi. Caitlyn claims that photos of her are now going for $250,000 a pop. Just a hint: maybe luxury SUVs might attract less attention? Again, America has let reality TV flourish and nothing much really happens on it so you may be used to this. But taking 3 cars to chat with a family whose child has already committed suicide? I think I'd rather see Caitlyn learn of an impending suicide, bust into athlete mode and snatch a trans kid away from a cliff they were about to jump off. But that would require writers with an imagination. Instead, we got to see the star attend a memorial service for the lost teen. Just a thought--maybe save a trans teen who is still alive? I guess that didn't fit in with their shooting schedule.
Throughout the show and in interviews, Caitlyn asserts that she wants to help the LGBT community she's recently joined. A self-described Christian Republican wants to eradicate the negative messages that both her church and her political party help to spread and create the very negative attitudes which drive GLBT kids to suicide? Then she needs to also transition out the the Republican party, because they actively slam GLBT rights as a way to gin up their bigoted base. They're busy right now sending out newsletters about how trans women flock to ladies rooms to molest women and children. So if Caitlyn really is going to be an activists for GLBT causes, publicly denounce the GOP, take a few $250,000 a pop photos and donate the money to a party which actually supports GLBT equality. Otherwise, her claims to be an activist make no sense. Don't ask me to support your journey while your votes and your faith regularly spit on the rights of my community. Oh, and as a christian, I know Caitlyn will give away most of the money she makes and urge her super-wealthy family to do the same. Because any good christian knows Matthew 19:24--"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
I'd definitely tune in to see Caitlyn turning her $3.5 million Malibu home into a shelter for homeless transgender teens and chastising Kim and Kris for "leaking" that sex tape in the name of Christ. Until then, we've got a new Kardashian star with an irritating voice who just isn't very entertaining. And Caitlyn is as sincere an activist as Kim is a talent.
From NYC drag veteran Sweetie: CALLING ALL ARM CHAIR ACTIVISTS....... Instead of verbally masturbating on your love and respect for Caitlyn Jenner.....get off your ass and volunteer at a shelter for LGBT teens. Mentor an LGBT kid. Give a day at Gods Love We Deliver, GMHC or the LGBT Center. Be a real part of what's going on. Lift your fingers off your keyboard and do your part.
DAILY KOS: “We’re not going to have adequate coverage for our children or our grandchildren without Medicare. I paid into that for years and years just like all these other seniors here and now you want to take it away?” said the woman, who did not identify herself and left before the town hall concluded. “Why are you always attacking the seniors?”
“Well, I’m not,” Bush responded. “Here’s what I said: I said we’re going to have to reform our entitlement system. We have to.”
“It’s not an entitlement,” the woman shot back. “I earned that.”
Jeb Bush raised 88% of his campaign cash from donors who gave the primary maximum of $2,700. (I wonder what Hillary's percentage is? It might give you a clue on what she's going to try to cut. Like Obama suggested cutting Social Security through chained CPI cuts? Expanding "entitlements" isn't a clean split along party lines. Bush is called a centrist and he wants to cut extremely popular programs like Medicaid? Hillary's called a centrist, too. Beware of centrists.
My parents live in Chattanooga and my mom said she'd been very depressed since the shooting of several military personnel there a week ago. Mom visited the grave and brought flowers to the memorial since her brother was a marine. She also said that the local papers were reporting that gun sales had jumped sharply since the shooting. While I understand that people get scared and feel the need to defend themselves, if brutal shootings are the problem then circulating more shooting devices aren't the answer.
Just week later, there's a new shooting in all over the news. Lafayette, Louisiana had just been named "the happiest city in the USA." I wrote something on the 4th of July which I don't think went over too well. It was a post about how the USA stands for oppression, weapons and murder both here and abroad. Look at the centuries of sadness experienced by blacks during slavery and then segregation--only to end up with a black president and Attorney General who can't stem the bloodshed their own people experience at the hands of the very law enforcement agency which ought to be protecting them. That #Blacklivesmatter is a heartbreaking statement to even have to utter in 2015. Look at the Indians we savaged to build this country. Brutality is the American way.
Equally heartbreaking as the fact that we killed 1 million Iraqis in a war we should never have started--and this recent figure wasn't even picked up by major news outlets. Obama's secretive drone war may have taken out some high level terrorists, but they've also indiscriminately killed many civilians. Look at the shocking number of rapes in both the military and colleges. Look at how school children at Sandy Hook were gunned down, cinema patrons gunned, military personnel, House member Gabby Giffords--we simply aren't safe. But there is a way out. You don't find many lone gunmen shooting up public places in other countries. You also don't find the NRA and the Pentagon running the governments of those countries. The NRA represents gun deaths and the Pentagon represents war. Wouldn't we be safer if we knocked these purveyors of death down to size? But you can never do that with the bulk of our corrupt politicians at their beck and call. But wait--who elects these politicians? Us. And we've got some work to do. It's literally a matter of life or death.