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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Drag Queen Ponders Kim Kardashian's Fans During Her Appearance at the Castro

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

DYLAN PEET
  • Dylan Peet

Sometimes — at night, mostly — I'm a drag queen. My name is Sue Veneer.

Tonight, I have drag homework. I have to pick two songs to perform tomorrow at Dick @ Night, a beard-y drag show that Grace Towers hosts Wednesdays at Moby Dick. The theme this week is "Stop Making Stupid People Famous." I live in Oakland, so when I perform I usually have a long commute with a painted face but, since last Thursday I've been housesitting less than 100 feet from the Castro Theatre.

DYLAN PEET
  • Dylan Peet

It's been a historic time to be staying here. I'm not quite a tourist, not quite a neighborhood local. I got to be here when the Supreme Court dropped the gay marriage bomb. (Please invite me to perform at your Alabama destination gay wedding!) The following three nights, I lived in the land of the woo people. I tend to avoid woo people but this weekend was special, there was something real to woo about.

On Sunday, I went to the Hard French pride party, one of the most magically joyful parties I will attend in my lifetime. On Monday, I rested, like the Lord did after his first busy week. Tonight, as I arrived back to the Castro after work, primed to pick my drag numbers about stupid famous people, I came upon a huge line of people who were extremely overdressed for 7 p.m. on a Tuesday.

DYLAN PEET
  • Dylan Peet

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I texted my friend, "The line for Kim K is making me sad." I wasn't prepared for so many gorgeous, eager young faces, painted as though Kim Kardashian was their drag assignment.

When I first saw Ms. Kardashian's marquee — after the Frameline one came down — I tried to think of a drag number to do about it. The problem is, Kimmie is a bad subject for Sue Veneer for two reasons. First, I don't have the body. Second, Kim Kardashian doesn't make anything except herself. (Ok, she did do that one thing about the Armenian Genocide.)

It's hard to talk about this because we have a cultural problem where young women — particularly teen girls at the mall, taking selfies — are made out to be the figure of the capitalist downfall of all that is good. It's easy to see Kim Kardashian as their queen. Everybody is tasked with resisting our dead-end culture, but teen girls don't generally own malls or television networks, so they are not the source of the problem. Kim Kardashian may occasionally break the internet, but she doesn't run it.

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There is something empowered about KK's ability to control her own image and be the sex-positive poster child for big beautiful butts. Making yourself into a fashion icon isn't nothing. Fashion matters. I don't even really think she's stupid, exactly. I mean, if I could parlay a "leaked" sex tape into international megastardom, I'd do it, too. I'd just like to think that if I lost 100 pounds, shaved my beard, and blew a semi-famous rapper on the internet that I could manage to be less boring and give everybody something real to woo about. I'd like to think that.

Oh, I chose to perform two songs by the Westboro Baptist Church because, they're so stupid and they have an amazing song catalog to choose from. Come see me tonight.

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