I haven’t seen anyone else talking about this and it’s about to drive me crazy.
I hate that Raja won Season 3 of Drag Race, for exactly the above reasons. I understand that high fashion especially has always appropriated other cultures, but for someone in the position Raja is in, someone who is able to speak out against appropriation of cultures and racism, for him to continue “dressing up” and costuming himself as Hindu deities and native peoples really really bothers me.
It pisses me off.
I know a lot of people think “oh it’s just fashion, lighten up” and whatnot, but NO. NO IT IS NOT. People are not costumes. Gods are not costumes. If I was Hindu, I would be so fucking mad about Raja’s outfit for the Season 5 reunited episode, because it’s pretty obviously Krishna.
Now I also understand that Raja is Indonesian and Dutch, but still. The Hindu deity costume offends me. Coming out dressed up as a Native American offends me. Coming out dressed as an African tribesperson offends me. And I’m not even going to touch on all the problems in Drag Race like white and brown people essentially doing blackface for stuff like Snatch Game (which again, Raja did Tyra Banks, which is costuming himself as a black person).
I firmly believe that for all of us to be liberated (women, LGBTQI, black people, brown people, native people, etc.) from patriarchy and from white cis heteronormative oppression, we have to band together. We must be intersectional. We cannot do that if we go around costuming ourselves as other races and as other people’s Gods.
Would you tell a painter to not paint others races that he may or may not be apart of? Would you be less offended if Raja dressed up as a white woman with big blonde hair (like most Drags Queens)? No that would be offensive to white woman. But he’s dressing as a woman so is that offense to? Would it be less offensive if he was a transsexual? This seems like the very same things as saying a woman wanted to get raped cause of wore a short tight fitting dress. You do need to calm down and let people live there lives accordingly. You could be right or you could be way off in your stance of Patriarchy in the same ways Raja’s Hindu god inspired drag can be seen as art or racism. Everyday people assume they are correct. I don’t think people should live there lives being at war with “white men” we all have so many races in us we call could possibly be every race. And people not taking bits and pieces from other races I think we’d be completely separated. We can pick what’s okay and what’s not but in the future will it matter? Black face was purely making fun of another whole race made to be a joke made to entertain one race. I’m getting ahead of myself here but Gods are fucking characters. Greek Gods are the hugest example. I would not be offended if someone dress up as Jesus, even if it was tasteless like a sloppy drunk Jesus or something. My mom says she stresses so much to take her kids stress away, I’m like no mom you can’t take anyone’s stress away you’re only stressing more than you should. That makes me think of you, you said you’d be super offended if you were Hindu…we’ll you’re not, you don’t have to be. Yeah you’re “allied” whatever but is a winner of drag race that powerful? If anything I want to research hindu gods are learn more about them, and it’s as if a real one came down from the Heaven and it’s actually really inspiring to want to learn more about the Hindu Gods.
we were born naked the rest is drag.
sidenote: Raja’s skin tone matches Tyra’s if not her’s is lighter who is he doing black face? Is it because she’s black? The Snatch Game is not about parodying a race it’s about impersonating a character the character famous people also put on for the media. Just think how many people are Marilyn Monroe, her persona is now a character. Her race isn’t but her image and personality is. Pale skin, curly blonde hair, smoky high voice, red lips. You wouldn’t even need to do the skin cause it’s obvious once the hair is done.
All these looks are celebrations of these cultures. It is not mockery or racism.
Here’s the thing: Discussions about race are continually made unsafe. Being a person of color, you have the opportunity to make that discussion safe for people. I, as a drag queen of color, poke a race all the time. I feel that it is my duty, because society says I can talk about it, to talk about it. To say what people want to say but can’t. To be real and have real feelings about race. Raja is doing it right. Don’t push your anxiety in someone. Just be you boo.
just be you.
Saying goodbye to drag, pt. 1
It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary. It’s so hard. It’s so necessary.
The answer is NO.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
- that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
- the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
- also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
- that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
- same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
- there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
- you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
- seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
- eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
- there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.
I can never not reblog this.
I am that fan.
AMY YOU ARE BEST. AND YOU ARE FAMOUS.
forever reblog. i think deep down we all feel like that fan.
He just hangs his head in shame as he realizes he walked straight into that one and completely deserved it XD
I love being better.
I just finished a sestina that is about the Boston Marathon bombings, in the voice of Barbra Streisand riding a subway train, imagining herself as Fannie Bowles, older and still Jewish, addressing American as if it were Mr. Arnstein.
I’m weird as fuck.
Please dear G-d in Heaven I want this 6’4” MF to be my BOYFRIEND.
Donald Glover talking about the comments he received during his campaign to be the next Spider-Man (x)“I was talking about it with Dan Eckman, who directed my Bonfire video. Can you imagine that trailer? That would be dope. Like it makes sense… a poor black kid in Queens. Like it just fits.”
One of my Characters, auditioning for an online campaign.