April 22, 2004

Liquor in the front...

So I'm taking a Queer Theory course which my lovely boyfriend has fondly nicknamed GAY 101. At any rate, we had an interesting discussion in class on Tuesday. We were discussing Judith Butler's book Gender Trouble and her theories on Gender performance and how one uses hyperbolic parody to separate sex from gender, etc., etc. and how this device can be used in relation to race politics as well as sex politics. Well this brought about a discussion on the drag performer Shirley Q. Liquor. Shirley is an older black woman on welfare who has 19 children and is portrayed by Chuck Knipp, a white man who lives in Long Beach, Miss. His shows have been shadowed and sometimes shutdown due to protesting in cities like Boston and New York. The performance has been equated to a modern day minstrel show. The question raised was whether or not a person of the majority (white/male) can in fact use Butler's theoretical hyperbolic parody effectively without being perceived as racist by the African-American community or misogynistic by feminists? Any thoughts? There is also an informative article on Shirley's show by the Washington Blade.

Posted by Clint at 11:15 AM

April 16, 2004

Ryan Seacrest and Little Nemo are the same color!

I know that this is of little consequence to most of you but was anyone else troubled by American Idol on Wednesday? The theme of the night was songs from movie soundtracks. One would think that they potential idols would be singing songs from the soundtracks of the movies they loved. Almost none of them actually sang a song from the movie that they claimed to adore and a few of them even sang songs that weren't even on movie soundtracks. What's wrong with this picture? I don't think I want to live in a world where some confused little girl is going to profess to loving Little Nemo and then sing Summertime from Porgy and Bess!

Posted by Clint at 06:57 AM

April 08, 2004

Toni Colette is sportin an adam's apple these days

I just saw an ad last night for the infamous Connie & Carla where Nia Vardalos of Big fat greeks fame and the lovely Toni Colette pose as drag queens on the dinner cabaret circuit in Los Angeles. While i think the premise is hysterical, I didn't know there was a dinner cabaret circuit in LA.

Posted by Clint at 07:27 PM

April 02, 2004

I thought I'd share

For those of you who don't know about the Darwin awards, they are awards that are given out every year to people that have done us the enormous favor of taking themselves out of the genepool by dying in incredibly stupid ways. I thought I'd post some of my favorites.


(25 March 1993)
A terrible diet and room with no ventilation are being blamed for the death of a man killed by his own gas. There were no marks found on his body, but an autopsy revealed the presence of large amounts of methane dissolved in his blood.

His diet had consisted primarily of beans and cabbage, just the right combination of foods to produce a severe gas attack. It appears that the man died in his sleep from breathing the poisonous cloud that was hanging over his bed.

Had his windows been open, the flatulence wouldn't have been fatal, but the man was shut up in a nearly airtight bedroom. He was an obese man with an unlimited capacity for creating the deadly gas. Three rescuers became sick and one was hospitalized.


(1982, Texas) At the Amarillo Fairgrounds, some buildings were in need of a coat of paint, so local contractors were hired to do the job.
Between the buildings was an angled alley with a culvert in the middle, designed to drain rainwater away from the buildings. Because of the slope, the wheeled painter scaffolding tended to roll downhill, so the painters removed the wheels on the scaffolding. They were in the process of moving the scaffolding next to a building, when the metal structure met a transformer. The painters were killed.

The story made the headlines. The town was abuzz with talk of the tragedy, how it had come to pass, and whether the city was liable for damages. The city officials decided they needed to conduct an investigation.

With much fanfare, they arrived at the scene of the incident, prepared to personally recreate the circumstances. Two officials grabbed the scaffolding in the exact same location as the two painters, began to move the scaffolding... and were promptly electrocuted.


Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I embarked on the 3rd Crusade to recapture the Holy Land in the twelfth century. After spending days trudging across the dry summer desert, his army came upon the River Saleph. In his parched state, Frederick threw caution to the wind -- instead of his heavy armor -- and plunged into the river, whereupon he sank to the bottom and drowned.
Attila the Hun was one of the most notorious villains in history. He conquered all of Asia by 450 A.D. by destroying villages and pillaging the countryside. This bloodthirsty man died from a nosebleed on his wedding night. After feasting and toasting his own good fortune, he was too drunk to notice his nose, and he drowned in a snoutful of his own blood.


Tycho Brahe, a sixteenth-century Danish astronomer whose research helped Sir Isaac Newton devise the theory of gravity, died because he didn’t make it to the bathroom in time. In that society it was considered an insult to leave the table before the banquet was over. Brahe forgot to relieve himself before the banquet began, then exacerbated matters by imbibing too much alcohol at dinner. Too polite to ask to be excused, he instead allowed his bladder to burst, which killed him slowly and painfully over the next eleven days.


Francis Bacon was an influential statesman, philosopher, writer, and scientist in the sixteenth century. He died while stuffing snow into a chicken. He had been struck by the notion that snow instead of salt might be used to preserve meat. To test his theory he stood outside in the snow and attempted to stuff the bird. The chicken didn’t freeze, but Bacon did, prompting the question “Which froze first? The Bacon or the egg?”


Jean-Baptiste Lully, a seventeenth-century composer who wrote music for the king of France, died from an overdose of “musical enthusiasm.” While rehearsing for a concert, he became overexcited and drove his baton right through his foot. He succumbed to blood poisoning.


Some Darwin Awards are not true. This one forexample is a vicous rumor, but still funny.

Catherine the Great, empress of Russia in the eighteenth century, reputedly had a prodigious appetite for sex. Legend has it that she was killed by her bestiality practices. During one of her frequent conjugal visits with a horse, the rope sling that suspended the animal snapped, and the falling horse crushed the amorous woman. But the truth is that although Catherine had an appetite for sex, she did not indulge with her stallions. The rumor may have been started to undercut her claim to a place in history.

Posted by Clint at 10:52 AM