The Man Without a Mask
, The New Yorker on Cassandro and the role of the exótico within lucha libre.
“It was Baby Sharon who encouraged me to step out of Mister Romano,” Armendáriz said. Baby Sharon was an exótico—a luchador who wrestles in drag. Exóticos have been around since the nineteen-forties. At first, they were dandies, a subset of rudos with capes and valets. They struck glamour-boy poses and threw flowers to the audience. As exóticos got swishier and more flirtatious, and started dressing in drag, the shtick became old-school limp-wristed gay caricature. Crowds loved to hate them, screaming “Maricón!” and “Joto!” (“Faggot!”). The exóticos made a delightful contrast with the super-masculine brutes they met in the ring. Popular exóticos insisted that it was all an act—in real life, they were straight. Baby Sharon was among the first, according to Armendáriz, to publicly say that, no, he was actually gay.
posted by frimble
on Sep 4, 2014 -
Cross-dressing trapeze and tightrope artist Barbette
seems to have sprung out of a Jean Cocteau fantasy, but surely was a real person. Exact birthdate and parentage subject to dispute
, but somewhere around the dawn of the 20th Century in Texas. Subsequent to highschool, he replaced a deceased woman in the Alfaretta Sisters aerialist circus act. Barbette toured the vaudeville circuit and debuted in Europe in 1923. Barbette's curtain-call wig-ripping-off move was ripped off for Victor/Victoria. [more inside]
posted by larrybob
on Aug 13, 2014 -
“I wanted to take each dancer and make them into a very defined character, so people could choose their favorite and stick with them.” Eight voguers, three rounds. This is Ballroom Battle
. [warning: autoplay]
posted by oinopaponton
on Dec 22, 2013 -
is photographer Leland Bobbé's series capturing both the 'male and the alter-ego female side' of a person's face in a single image.
posted by gman
on Aug 5, 2012 -
David Hoyle (born 1963) is an English performance artist, avant-garde cabaret artist, singer, actor, comedian and film director.
In the 1990s he developed an extremely strange, extremely gay "anti-drag queen" character called The Divine David and produced two series for Channel 4, back when that channel was still unafraid of pushing the boundaries. These were:
The Divine David Presents
The Divine David Heals
He also appeared in the video for the last single released to date by Faith No More - I Started A Joke
of course being a Bee Gees cover - which is unaccountably set in a northern English working men's club.
posted by GallonOfAlan
on May 31, 2012 -
Model Behavior: A Laurie Penny essay on gender presentation, anorexia, neoliberalism, capitalism, queerness, gender, drag, media, America's Next Top Model, and a few other things.
posted by latkes
on May 31, 2012 -
Moments before the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in the small town of Padua, Minnesota was about to begin, a truck fire broke out at the end of the block. Fortunately, the all-volunteer firefighting crew from nearby Sedan, Minnesota was on hand to celebrate their 125th anniversary, and to raise money to pay for their new fire hall and truck. One of their members was set to drive the new fire truck in the parade, and the others were on a float, dressed in drag to entertain the crowd. Firemen in Drag Put Out Truck Fire
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Mar 21, 2012 -
"I know you are out there, just wanting to put your wig on, just like me. And I know you're just waiting to have a good time. Just put a little ball earring on, a little bad sunglasses, and a big, bad wig on, 'cause it's good. It feels good, works, it does
." It is, or was, Wigstock
, an annual outdoor drag festival held in NYC, starting in 1985 by "Lady" Bunny
and friends. Each year the party grew
, moving to Union Square in 1991
, then to Christopher Street waterfront in 1994
to deal with the expanding crowd. 2001 was supposed to be the last year
, but the party came back in 2003
, in conjunction with the annual HOWL festival
. That carried the tradition on for another two years, and Wigstock's official website is stuck in 2005
, a reminder of the festivities that were. You can reminisce with Gawker
, or take a short journey back to 1987 with Wigstock: The Movie
(part 1 of 4), not to be confused with the longer film of the same name, capturing Wigstock 1995
(part 1 of 8).
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 9, 2012 -
...this particular technicolour trench coat is stitched together from black leather, and fastened with a lot of safety pins and zippers: its sinister sounds are both haunted by the past, and haunting us toward the something-to-be-done. Like the saying goes: the darkest hour is just before the dawn. Our traumatized collective unconscious - the victim of social, political, cultural, and environmental shocks - is not a blank slate, but rather a pile of rubble that requires considerable rebuilding. There is much work yet to carry out. And really, why be blank when you can be bleak?
The New Bleak: Trauma, Haunting And The Cultural Obsession With Darkness
posted by timshel
on Feb 28, 2012 -
could rock the Sapphire Club. He was part of the Toronto Sound
of the sixties, and made his mark not only for his soulful voice, but also for his flamboyent, gender ambiguous appearance (video)
. His song Any Other Way
went to Number Two on the Canadian Billboard chart in 1963, and was his biggest hit. While his discography
was short and he has faded into obscurity, he has been recognized by the queer community
and music bloggers
as a trail-blazing performer. In My Tenement
, Comin Down
, You Are My Sunshine
, Stand Up Strait and Tall
, Don't Play That Song
posted by kimdog
on Jul 27, 2009 -
Once upon a time in the postwar, before the advent of EPA and OSHA and the Consumer Products Safety Commission and weenies in bike helmets and multilingual warning stickers on stepladders, crazy people walked this earth. Good, fun-loving Americans who knew that "instructions" were something you threw in the trash along with the empty Falstaff bottles. A halcyon era filled with manly men who savored the wholesome virtues of a rugged game of un-seatbelted automotive chicken. One of these men was Gene Middlebrooks, who founded Turbonique
.> [more inside]
posted by dg
on Apr 23, 2008 -
Quite an entrance. Single link youtube post to a pretty damn amazing performance at the Miss Black America 2001 drag show / pageant.
posted by dersins
on Jul 24, 2007 -
“Maybe, yes, I am a diva.”
Meet Ali Saleem, known on Pakistani TV as Begum Nawazish Ali, hostess of a popular talk show. Mr. Saleem’s portrayal ... a middle-aged widow who, in glamorous saris and glittery diamonds, invites to her drawing room politicians, movie stars and rights advocates from Pakistan and India.
posted by amberglow
on Jan 3, 2007 -
The Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo,
with Margeaux Mundeyn, Pavel Törd, Ida Nevasayneva, Vladimir Legupski, Sveltlana Lofatkina, Olga Supphozova, Lariska Dumbchenko, Fifi Barkova is reviewed by Joan Acocella, "they pass through the joke and come out the other side, where the subject, having been laughed at, is once again embraced, enthroned." pic 1, and 2
posted by semmi
on Jan 8, 2005 -