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Joan Rivers Show Paris is Burning Episode from the 90’s

9 Jun

They give Joan a mini ball! She servers summer wear! Audience members Join in! Made for mainstream America but come one this is classic.

Director of Paris is Burning explaining “realness” in an anthropological manner is so amusing. Dorian Corey is such a lady. Joan doesn’t fully get it but she supports it! This was controversial  at the time.  But seriously, such an important film which I proudly own on VHS. Kids these days need to know where realness and shade were born, and how it wasn’t so easy when it started! Started at least back in the 50’s Pepper said.

There are more clips on you tube thanks to the awesome TheDramaStartsNow

Convos with Johnny Weir & Paris Childers

27 May

I was lucky to see the screening of the amazingly entertaining must see Pop Star on Ice when I was working for The Film Panel  Notetaker, covering Newfest 2009 .

Anyway Johnny is beautiful, talented, and full of spunk.  Paris Childers  is also a skater, has great skin, and is a fuckin pissa.  They are currently starring in Be Good Johnny Weir, Mondays at 10:30PM on the Sundance Channel.

Paris and I discussed Nina Flowers, stereotypes in gay film, MAC makeup, Liza Minnelli, and a few things about Pop Star on Ice.

Moi: The lines that you had were so good.

Childers: I’m known for one-liners. They just come around every now and the

Moi: Why is it such a big deal if a figure skater is gay? I don’t get it!

Childers: There are closeted people in figure skating. I think it’s seen as such a feminine sport you have to prove you’re not gay because everyone perceives femininity for being gay.

Moi: Did you enjoy experience?

Childers: I did. It was great. We got up early this morning and went to MAC to get our makeup done. It was weird seeing it on the big screen. I’ve seen it at home. Did you guys like the film?

Moi: Oh my god I loved it.
A few other people got to Paris, and I thanked him and swiftly moved to Johnny before anyone else got to him. Graciously he spoke to me, and I am still charmed.

Moi: What did it feel like to have the cameras around you all the time?

Weir: The only time I ever get uncomfortable is when I have a pimple. That’s the only time I feel uncomfortable, I have no problem being myself. The great thing about the movie is that nothing was scripted, except obviously putting us in the bubble bath.

Moi: Yes but the conversation going on in the bubble bath I assume would occur on other occasions?

Weir: I am crack house crazy.

Moi: Yeah me too. I really related to the part where you and Paris were dressing up and taking pictures of yourselves. I was all, “That’s what me and my friend do!”

Weir: Fantastic.

Moi: So um, are you still filming?

Weir: Yes we’re still filming it. They’re going to film me leading up into the Olympics. We’re getting ready to go to Canada to shoot the choreography for my new programs. They’re troopers. They spend a lot of time in the ice rink filming things that nobody else wants to see.

Moi: Do you participate in the production?

Weir: If I remember something or I see something in a playback that’s beautiful and I want it in there, I’ll tell them I want that in there – and they’ll do it because they have too. (Laughs) In general they are very talented.

Moi: Fabulous.

His current look. You know I LOVE teal and hot pink!!!!!

Tammy Faye talked to me about dollar stores

14 May

So once I emailed Tammy Faye and she wrote back, the next day! Tammy Faye Messner was an amazing human being and is not a pop culture joke. Don’t bash her. I love her. May she rest in peace. I am not religious, FYI. I also got a voice mail from her once because of an amazing friend but I can’t even talk about that right now.  I am still all worked up from this unearthing. There will be more Tammy posts. I am going to try and heed her advice. Scroll on down for the emails.

> From: Tammyfayetalk@aol.com

> Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 10:02:47 EDT
> Subject: Re: YOU ARE FABULOUS TAMMY!
> To:
> Dearest Kelly,
>
> Thank you for writing me!  I laughed when you said  that about the Dollar
> Store!  I have bought some wonderful things there…sometimes I find lipstick, eyelashes or even thank you cards at our Dollar Store here in Charlotte!!  Ha!
> And you can’t go wrong with a good resale shop!  ALL my clothes are from
> resale, Ross, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, ALL of them!!
>
> Please tell your mother that I covet her prayers and will be happy to have
> her read my book too.  I just love your spirit, Kelly and pray that you WILL
> make it in NY.  You can do anything if you stay  focused and think of others above yourself.
>
> All my love,
> Tammy Faye
>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 14:44:15 -0700 (PDT)
> From:
> Subject: YOU ARE FABULOUS TAMMY!
> To: tammy@tammyfaye.com
>
> Hello Ms. Messner,
>
>   My name is Kelly, and write to you out of necessity after watching yet again “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” I just stopped for a moment and went to your
website, and read your chemo message. You are a strong and powerful woman. People everywhere are wishing you all the best, including me!
A little about me. I am 25, struggling to “make it”  in New York City. Not as an actor, or anything likehat. Just as a person who makes others happy and  has some money left over for fun at the dollar stores! I do have both of your books, and once even payed homage to you in a costume contest – I won $100! I was in college and needed it – thanks!
Anyway, I have never written to a celebrity but you seem so sincere and I wanted to let you know that you are completely and utterly fabulous – and I never use that word lightly. Your jewelery is so cool, and I plan on using some of the tips from your book.
You can beat this cancer! My mom is praying for you too!
>
> HUGS,