A GREAT MAN LAID TO REST: FRANKIE KNUCKLES
Frankie Knuckles went out like the superstar that he was, with memorials in both NYC and Chicago. Last night at the Liberty Theatre, Danny Krivit, Ultra Naté, Barbara Tucker, Zhana Roiya, Tedd Patterson, David DePino, Sheba Legend, Mark Rivas, Bill Coleman, Benny Soto, Christina Visca, Hex Hector, Freddie Turner, Father Chris, Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Eric Kupper, Kevin Williams, Dawn Tallman, Francois Kevorkian, Sandee B, Duane Harden and of course, the remaining Def Mix family of David Morales, Judy Weinstein and Satoshie Tomie gathered to pay their final respects. Anthony Lamont provided some levity dressed as a nurse and handing out tissues, as I'm told they do in some churches. Robert Owens gave an emotional performance of So Many Tears and Ann Nesby brought the house down in exceptionally fine voice when she closed with The Pressure. I am not exaggerating to say that I was deeply honored and humbled to even be in the same room with all of that talent. As many attested to in testimonials, Frankie had a warmth that touched so many even off the dance floor.
I'll never forget being asked to host one of his parties in Chicago--I was beyond flattered. Honey, there was no RuPaul or Dame Edna--I was the queen of the world that night! Many mentioned Frankie's mega-kilowatt smile, while promoter Scott Scotto Osman remembered his big teddy bear hugs. One friend mentioned that Frankie was a great dancer as well as dj.Jeannie Hopper told me that she had a very early photo of Frankie in drag! And he had been working the clubs since the mid-70s. A lot of the religious stuff was lost on me since I'm a heathen, but I do believe in finding your calling--whether it's heaven sent or not. Frankie found his and as a result, he brought joy and top notch music to so many all over the world. One high school buddy remarked that Frankie was his first gay friend--and noted that was a big deal in 1977. Another praised Frankie for bringing straight, gay, and every race, creed and color who loved to dance together.
At a time when djs have become jukeboxes for those with unsophisticated musical tastes--one club recently told me that they insist on radio edits of top 40 songs and that's what they tell their djs--Frankie was an artist who did things his way. Not a hack who played something because it was popular. House music BECAME popular because his excellent taste and ability to loop, extend, mix and produce. Sometimes, you need to trust the experts to turn you on to audio masterpieces and put your tacky desire to cavort to Britney or Rihanna's latest mass-produced formulaic jam on hold. Eric Kupper, Frankie's longtime keyboardist said that Frankie wasn't having a lot of dance music today and they made a pact to do their best to keep excellent music alive. Like Skrillex--KIDDING! And I loved Melonie Daniel's acknowledgement that Frankie loved the vocalists as much as the beats. "Because without a singer, a song is just an instrumental." The Whistle Song, Frankie's biggest hit, was actually an instrumental. But in this day and age of EDM, where the choruses are instrumental and forget about a bridge, great songs and vocalists of house music's golden age are sorely missed. Hell, I'd even settle for an instrumental with some real instruments in it! If you were lucky enough to experience Frankie's music--don't ever forget it. Keep his magic alive!
So Neil Patrick Harris has just opened on Broadway as Hedwig. His "angry inch" is a one inch penis that's the result of a botched sex change surgery. Is this an accurate or positive portrayal of a post-op trans? Of course not. But it happens to be a highly entertaining and intelligent musical. So will the militant trans community denounce this? And will GLAAD, which has sided with the trans community recently against RuPaul, dare to go up against bigger star Neil Patrick Harris? I doubt it, since the organization loves to lick celeb butt so much that they award straight actors who play gay or trans for their bravery--when these actors are actually just getting a huge paycheck. If you're such a baby that you can't accept any negative portrayals, then you are stifling creativity. Don't stifle John Cameron Mitchell's or RuPaul's. I think trans militants are actually creating transphobia—even in the gay community which has generally been the most welcoming to them. I don't recall any cries of trans slurs when Hedwig was created in 1998. Maybe we've lost our sense of humor to political correctness since then.
R.I.P. FRANKIE KNUCKLES
Just returned from Frankie Knuckles' wonderful memorial at the Liberty Theater. Many titans of soulful dance music in attendance, and their wonderful tributes to both the man and his legacy of music. But my favorite might have been a high school friend of Frankie's who said they were at a bar one night in the 70s and Frankie was wearing a bandana as hair. A man asked him his name and Frankie said "Setta." The guy asked "Setta who?" Frankie replied "Setta Knuckles if you don't pronounce it right!"
DINNER AT 40 HITTING FESTIVALS THIS SUMMER
With a cameo by Lady Bunion! And a bunch of real actors!
• OUT Twin Cities – 6/7/14
• B’More Queer – 6/15/14
• OutFilmCT – 5/31/14
• FilmOut San Diego – 5/31/14
WELL, EASTER IS ON 4/20 THIS YEAR!
BASKET CASE BY MISA MARTIN
I couldn't afford to buy all my kids Easter eggs, and I didn't want them to wake up disappointed this morning.
So I killed them in their sleep.
I LOVE SONIQUE...
BUT I DON'T THINK SHE SHOULD DO BLACK FACE/
BOYCOTT RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE AND LOGO!
Can you believe they actually allowed this slanderous statement to be said on the air about me? And then tweeted it to zillions of followers to quadruple my pain? This is wholly insensitive to the fact that I may indeed lack class because of my humble upbringings at the foot of the Appalachians in Chattanooga, Tennessee. So it wasn't a cosmopolitan hot spot that forms the backdrops of fashion shoots. Not everyone can be a supermodel, RuPaul. It just so happens that lower income families from backwards regions develop poor eating habits--so I may grunt and burp a little while I overeat. Food was scarce sometimes, so I have been known to giggle and grab at it, terrified that there might not be any vittles tomorrow.
But if you must know, my weight issues stem from traumatic childhood experiences. From the age of 11, I was repeatedly humiliated in sexual situations: my father, my brother, my sister and even the family dog--NONE OF THEM WOULD DO IT WITH ME! Thankfully it was before cellphones, but the whole neighborhood got to see me with dog food smeared all over my ass as even starving strays ran away from me whimpering in disgust. And I had spent my whole allowance on name-brand Alpo to lure even the pickiest pets. So I still attempt to eat my pain away. This is classist and fat-shaming and making light of mental health issues by a overly thin, wealthy model-type queen who can afford pricey therapists for her own issues. Not to mention that any reference to class or any of her affected, grand manners are a slap in the face to an entire nation struggling to get back on it's feet after recession and a mortgage crisis. And how does this heartless monster rub in the fact that we're experiencing the worst unemployment since the Great Depression? With her callous cry of "You'd better work!" It's high time this monster was knocked off her high horse once and for all before more irreparable damage is caused by her unparalleled cruelty. I am so upset by this that I'd consider flying to LA to picket World Of Wonder's offices--but that this might deprive the world of all the positive work done by this season's kind and uplifting sweetheart, contestant Bianca Del Rio.
It is an early morning ho asking: Which airport has the sexist guys working at it? Tel Aviv airport is a definitely sight to see, never been to Rio, but Newark and JFK are definitely holding it down in the NYC area! I wish they were holding me down. I got so excited that I haven't even boarded my flight yet but I'm already experience some turdulence and heavy tail winds as I squirm with excitement! Now, who's hot?
DON'T EVER PISS OFF JAYNE COUNTY!
The punk pioneer/trans goddess has a few choice words for politically correct trans militiants who want to be thought police and dictate who says what. Still sharp as a whip, visit her Facebook page to see the lyrics of a genius song, Big Sister, which she whipped up just for the occasion!
Jayne County, Transgender Icon, Allegedly Banned From Facebook For 'Transphobic Slurs'
MACY'S LOOK FOR SPRING
OK, if it looks this bad on a skinny young model, imagine how awful it would look on you. They have this awful image everywhere: boxy crop top, orthopaedic shoes, ski cap and pleated leather midi? So springy--if you are a goth librarian impersonating Olive Oyl.
LOVE THIS! HATE SOUTHWEST AIRLINES!
DREW DOEGE IS BACK AS CHLOE SEVIGNY
Regarding the RuPaul/shemale/shemail/tranny controversy, why is ANY community looking for validation from ANY reality TV show? Isn't the very nature of the reality genre exploitative in every way to everyone? If you're that sensitive, don't turn on shows that bank on rewarding meanness, reading and train wrecks for ratings and then claim your feelings are hurt because the shows aren't politically correct.
And you think that wither of the two major political parties are going to change anything about any of this? Dream on--they created this mess! Ditch the republicans and democrats!
MADONNA'S SKIN CARE LINE AD ROYALLY SPOOFED
By LA-based comedienne Nadya Ginsburg. She also does a mean Cher as well as hysterical original characters. See her wherever she's performing--a total nut!