Less than a month before the midterm elections, a man who has admitted to being a proud non-reader of books and nonvoter met with Donald Trump at the White House. Yep, after faithfully stroking the President’s ego, Kanye West finally got his narcissistic wish.
Clay CaneThe meeting between Trump and Kanye was high-octane foolishness and one of many debasing moments in Trump’s circus-like White House. As people are fighting for their lives while enduring Hurricane Michael, which should have been the focus this week, we instead have two fame-obsessed, thin-skinned celebrities gushing over each other.There are claims that Trump is exploiting Kanye West, who has admitted to having mental health issues, by inviting the press to witness his gesticulating and f-bomb throwing in the Oval Office.While Trump is known for exploiting any and everything — even the September 11th terrorist attacks — Kanye West is no victim. Moreover, it is wildly offensive to conflate having mental health issues and displaying erratic behavior with being a willfully ignorant man-child, which is what Kanye West has become. Mental health struggles have nothing to with one’s political beliefs. In addition, a black celebrity worshipping a raging bigot is nothing new — simply revisit Sammy Davis Jr.’s history with President Richard Nixon.
See Kanye and Trump’s full White House meeting 19:47Yeezy is no victim and should not be empathized with as one. This is a person who claimed Malcolm X wasn’t relatable, said Harriet Tubman shouldn’t be on the $20 bill, and compared himself to Nat Turner. The true victims are thousands of children who were torn away from their parents at the border and confined to penned areas. The victims are the black and brown people who will once again see an unconstitutional abuse of power if stop-and-frisk is reinstated and expanded, as Trump has expressed the desire to do. The victims are women who are not believed when they come forward with sexual assault, but are mocked — even by their President.
Reporter: Kanye visit was odd, sad 03:22In one of the many awkward moments from Kanye’s ten-minute monologue in the Oval Office, the “Gold Digger” rapper defended his “Make America Great Again” hat. He claimed the red accessory gives him “power” and people tried to “scare” him into not wearing the hat. Hate certainly has power, which is a concept West apparently doesn’t understand in his quest to feel like Superman. Imagine if Germany had a slogan called “Make Germany Great Again” or a South African politician ranted “Make South Africa Great Again.” There would be rightful outrage. “Make America Great Again” is a coded version of “no coloreds allowed” signs. Trump fashioned the phrase to his purposes as a dog whistle to the worst part of his base. But Kanye doesn’t love or respect his identity enough to do his history. As Donna Brazile said on Twitter, Kanye “set us back 155 years.”
Dave Chappelle: I’m not mad at Kanye West 01:29If Kanye were a 41-year-old black man living on the south side of Chicago, he wouldn’t co-sign “Make America Great Again.” His bubble of fame, money, privilege and soaking in the Calabasas air with the Kardashian clan has afforded him the privilege to be proudly ignorant. He is largely immune to Trump’s dangerous policies. When it comes to Kanye meeting with Trump to discuss “the blacks” — Kanye, we don’t need you. No one needs you. We need resources, not an imaginary hero. Remember, the rapper has become a multimillionaire by creating art from black culture, but his behavior signals he clearly does not respect the culture in his “Make America Great Again” hat and “slavery is a choice” rants. Most importantly, if you are a rich, privileged celebrity who isn’t affected by the consequences of not voting, yours isn’t the voice we need trying to speak truth to power. Follow CNN Opinion
Join us on Twitter and FacebookTherefore, if you have any doubts about voting, let the image of Kanye jumping into the arms of the President in the Oval Office while people are suffering through a hurricane inspire you to get out and vote. Because Trump is about to morph into a Category 5 if the so-called blue wave doesn’t sweep through on November 6.
Everyone answers to someone.
Price Check on Billy’s Blog.
I have a price check on billybeyond.com.
PORK CHOPS – By Vincent Price
EXCERPT – A recently never published interview with Vincent Price
Vincent, before I ask you anything at all I have to ask you, are you any relation to Flo Price? …FLO Price, the baking author? No? No problem, moving on.*
Vincent I never realized you made so many cook books.
Did you know I worked on a cookbook too? Well, it was really more of a combination craft, cooking, how not to, type of joke, entertaining entertainment sort of fake bake … it’s hard to categorize actually. But I’ll tell you one thing, I had never worked with raw poultry before and certainly not in the dead of August and with hot lights.
Well did you know that Halston did wigs?
There really are so many things that most people just don’t know.
Sept 30th – Grand Central – 5 Masonic – Provincetown – 9 to 1 – With me, your music maestro toute la nuit
c’est l’écureuil en cuir🖤🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐩🐿
including have lunch with Angie Dickenson. I miss Doris, and I have never even met her. She seems related to me somehow, which is odd because I’m such a night person….
It’s back after twenty years! Symphonie Fantastique is a theatrical abstraction to the music of Berlioz using all underwater puppetry. Sounds interesting? Well it’s not interesting, it’s enthralling. It’s transportation. It’s theater in the form of food for your mind, vitamins for your spirit and a happy pill for your soul. If you have not yet experienced it there are only two words I have for you.
It is only playing for a short while longer. Fly here if you have to. It’s that good. If you are an artist of any kind you will find a renewed enthusiasm in creating. If you are a dancer you will want to move in a new way. If you are a garbage truck driver who quit school in Jr, High, you will “freakin’ love this shit!” Honestly – this is very powerful abstraction that sends your mind to a place where nobody else’s can go. It’s personal. Warning : If you are an overly emotional lover of beauty itself like me – THERE WILL BE SILENT TEARS.
Please go and see Symphonie Fantastique by Basil Twist. It’s as good as Mummenschanz on Broadway. OKAY! There it is! I said it!
It really is.
Find it online. Findout all about the boys, the times, the struggles, and the brand newness of it. Vintage Fire Island super eights alert! Mart’s star studded memories were makin’ me say, “whaaaaa?” quite a bit…luckily I was alone. It’s truly inspiring and smart. I’m only about eight years late with watching this one – good thing it’s timeless. Have you seen it? If not I really think you should. Sal Mineo hits the screen in a bathing suit for a hot second to boot = Essential doc watching.
GAG wants YOU to spray paint your clothes with our stencils and then WEAR THEM at The March with us!
Join your fellow GAGGERS tomorrow, June 23rd, for our ANNUAL SPRAY PARTY at Lucky Bar (168 Avenue B between 10th & 11th Streets) from 1:00pm – 5:00pm! Bring a t-shirt, jacket, messenger bag, hat, bra or jockstrap to spray paint the Gays Against Guns logo onto, and have fun huffing paint with your GAG family. The family that huffs together stays together!
Then the NEXT DAY, Sunday, June 24th, is the PRIDE MARCH! There’s been a LOT of contention around the organization of The March this year. Not least of which comes from Heritage of Pride limiting each contingent to 200 participants. They’re issuing wristbands, and asking folks to show the wristband to access the holding area, from which we’ll be stepping off to join the March. Because of this provision, GAG decided to ask as many of us as possible to participate as Human Beings (the folks dressed in all white, each of whom represents someone who lost their life to gun violence). Our *goal* number is 104 Human Beings, because that’s the average number of people who die from a gunshot every day in The United States. At this time we have 75 people confirmed and over 30 who’ve signed up but haven’t replied to our confirmation text / email. So, if you’re definitely interested in being an HB but haven’t signed up yet, PLEASE email us at : email@example.com
If you want to march with us, but are NOT interested in being an HB, you have a few options. We’re looking for a some more marshals, and a few more HB wranglers (people who’d make sure the HB’s are fine, have water if needed, and don’t get approached by other marchers). If you’re interested in helping out in those ways, please also email us at : firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be asked to wear all black so as to distinguish yourself from the HB’s. The OTHER option is slightly more complicated. We definitely want as many people to march with us as possible, and we encourage you to join us, even if you don’t have a wristband. We were told that some of the Resistance contingents would be arriving with fewer than 200 people, and that the Heritage of Pride volunteers who will be staffing the entrance to our staging area, which is 17th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, would make allowances for that fact. (IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE : you MUST approach this area from the WEST side of the avenue. There will NOT be an opportunity to cross the avenue at 17th Street, or probably anywhere near there). It is, however, crucial to know that we don’t have any assurances from HOP that people without wristbands will be allowed into our staging area. This is one of the many, many issues that some individuals, as well as the group The Reclaim Pride Coalition, have been upset with Heritage of Pride about. To voice your anger and/or concerns, attend the Reclaim Pride Coalition meeting tomorrow (Saturday 6/23) morning at The Center (208 W 13th Street in Manhattan) from 11:00am – 2:00pm and make yourself heard.
So, we’d love to see you all there, but be forewarned that there’s a possibility that it will include an argument at the gate. There will be GAG members at 17th St & 7th Ave at all times, so please reach out to them if you’re experiencing difficulty entering the staging area. This is OUR March, and we do NOT want ANYONE to be kept from participating in it.
Gays Against Guns had our very first public appearance at The Pride March in 2016. It was only a few short days after the Pulse shooting, and our emotions were raw and on display. We could never have imagined that GAG would not only survive, but flourish into a national organization, with new chapters springing up often. We’ve introduced direct action and civil disobedience into the vernacular for the Gun Violence Prevention movement, and we’ve charted a course for new groups, such as March For Our Lives, by showing them that the time for polite conversation around the topic of gun violence has past. We’re so VERY proud of the work that we’ve done, and the accomplishments that we’ve made. And we owe it all to you : our membership. YOU ARE GAG! JOIN US AT THE MARCH AND CLAIM YOUR SPACE!!!
For more info about GAG, visit : www.gaysagainstguns.net
I’m honored to be included in a show of Christopher Makos’ photos on view now at Ralph Pucci International – 44 West 18 St NY, NY 1001. The series is, “Stand Up Portraits” by Christopher Makos and I’m thinking this was taken about 1993. I remember feeling great about just being asked to pose and to be included. Christopher’s photography has always been pure class so I was inspired to try and portray some.
The outfit was a working sample from the Todd Oldham showroom, came with the beret and was returned quite heavily smudged with derma-color pretty much all over the entire inside. Oops. Is it too late to say, “I’m sorry?” Funny the things you remember… Todd and Tony and Angel had quite a few tricks for cleaning the samples though, I remember a paste of Cascade being one of their secret big guns. Was it Granny who discovered that one? Such are the details that remain among the faded spots that make up, “The Stains of Our Lives.” Wait, if my stains are my story then what about all the ones that came out!?
The shoes were the Blahniks I wore in a few of Todd’s shows – black duchess satin (who said duchess satin?) with gold straps and gold “actual woman height” heels. They were so perfectly balanced, it was hard to know you had them on. I once saw Carrie Donovan wearing the same exact style at 60,000 feet in the air while traveling at mach 2.0. True fact. Pointed with no pinch. Comfortable? You put those on and you say, “What shoe?” “Am I wearing a shoe right now?” “Seriously, look at my foot, am I wearing a shoe on my foot right now?” That’s a shoe. What a shoe.
I borrowed the wig from Sister Dimension.
“A wig and a hat, no questions asked.” – that’s a quote from Teri Toye. I never forgot it. Now you never will either.