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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Beth Ditto, Beth Ditto, Beth Ditto (and Leigh Crow in Vice Palace)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Recently a friend of mine posted a link to a video on his Facebook page. Now, procrastination has never been my game, but I was in need of some inspiration, so I clicked ... and boy, was his penis HUGE. Just kidding, not that kind of link (besides, when you see something like that every morning, you don't need to look elsewhere). Okay, where was I? Right, procrastination, hahaha!!

Soooo, the video was the new release from Beth Ditto. I wasn't exactly overly familiar with her, although I had seen and heard her sing before with a group called the Gossip, and I remember really liking her sound and her look. The video itself seems to pay a huge tribute to Madonna's "Justify My Love" video, complete with gorgeous rippling fe-manly vogue-ers.

Beth herself is not your typical artist, and I guess by that I mean she's not some skinny blonde talentless hackstress with a production company pushing her forward. I know some will want to make jokes about her weight -- people always seem to go for the obvious (like comments on my good looks or whor-ish abilities), but in light of a recent Mouseketeer's visit, I couldn't help but see something more when watching the video.

Ever since American Idol started airing, I always wondered, "Where are the big girls?" Don't tell me there aren't any big girls who can sing, and since I grew up around bigger girls as my better friends, I wondered, WTF?

Yeah yeah yeah, I know some of you will say, "Well, who wants a fat chick on American Idol?" I would at least like to see them given a chance!! Mind you, I'm not using the word "fat" myself, but to illustrate a point that other people will make. I know a lot of people who feel that word is derogatory, much like the N word or "faggot," so is that word something to be reclaimed by big girls, or shall we just move forward and call them buxom beauties? After all, hasn't life taught us yet not to judge? (Short answer on that is HELL NO.) Also, do we really need any more telling an example than Jennifer Hudson? She didn't win her season on AI, and we all know now that she won an Oscar while being a buxom beauty, and then lost all the weight. Do you think she came up with that decision on her own, or do you think people in her camp "suggested" it might be in her best interest?

So where is the thread here? In my experience, it seems bigger girls are more accepted by the gay community (Trust me, though, there are women-hating gays, and that is not a weight issue.) The simple answer seems to be, well, we don't threaten each other sexually or emotionally, and maybe we feel living on the fringe brings us closer.

Sooooooooo, it's interesting to me that Beth has found her voice and appropriated a well-known Madonna video without all the hoopla of saying, "Hey, gays, I love you!" Her video has been out for about a month, and slowly, like anything underground, the gays will find it and make it a hit. Can you say the same for the blonde who has a corporation forcing it down our throats?

And speaking of big ends and things being forced down our throats ...

The cast of Pearls Over Shanghai. - STEVEN LEMAY
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  • The cast of Pearls Over Shanghai.

Saturday night saw the end of Pearls Over Shanghai (and I am sure some of you are Over Shanghai Pearls). The show ran for two-ish years and had a great underground following; trust me, if you didn't see it, it was definitely your loss. Luckily, as I have mentioned before, the Thrillpeddlers will be mounting another show, Vice Palace, opening the last weekend of April. Hmm, funny: Speaking of buxom beauties, the lead role is being brought to life by LEIGH CROW. (I know, great segue.)

Leigh Crow and Flynn DeMarco - STEVEN LEMAY
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  • Leigh Crow and Flynn DeMarco

The Pearls finale was followed by a wonderful party with miniperformances by cast members, and it was very touchy-feely (emotionally and physically, mmmmkay!!). There were wonderful moments of sincerity, but it also allowed some of the performers to showcase talents that may have been underused in POS. One in particular, in keeping with the tone of my post, was the absolutely rousing, stirring, sensual burlesque routine by the voluptuous beauty known as Ruby Vixen (aka Tina Sogliuzzo, who, rumor has it, has a belly dance number in VP ... mmm, can't wait). It was wonderful to see a classic fan dance performed by someone who really is comfortable with herself, and showing it to the world (or at least a captivated drooling audience). It seemed new, fresh, and exciting, and I can't wait to see more of her. (Well, sometimes I see more of her than you know, but that's another story about my bisexual swinger days ... ha ... kidding.)

Tina Sogliuzzo! - STEVEN LEMAY
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  • Tina Sogliuzzo!

So what have we learned today, kiddies? Well, Fat is Phat. Get over it all, live life to the fullest, and please don't pander to the gays -- we can see through you (especially skinny blondes).

LeMay: Zing! - BEN WA
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  • LeMay: Zing!


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