Wednesday, October 29, 2008

God Save the Queens

Palin Effigy Prompts Visit From Feds. West Hollywood, home of the brave and the proud is making a bold statement against Palin and McCain, a duo that wants to pray the gay away and send hold-outs to a remote island. In response, the Feds came for a social call? I digress. And. It's Hall-a-fuckin-ween. The parade will be filled with Palin and McCain drag queens done right for a change, and for less than 150K in clothing and 28K in make-up.
Are they kidding? The Feds.


Unknown said...

Hate her and hate him, but this is wrong. This is not a Halloween presentation no matter how much you wrapped it in pumpkin colored paper.

You don't bow to this level as it removed the credibility of the argument. The Secret Service did their job by investigating and they determined there was no threat. A man joked that he wanted to shoot so people at the Obama rally here in Tampa and he was investigated by the Secret Service (his guns were removed, his license revoked for life, and he is on a no-fly list).


Cormac Brown said...

As much as I dislike the duo, a rope is not funny in any context. It is stooping to the same hatred that they propagate.

On a lighter note, on Keith Olberman's Countdown, the D.C. pre-Halloween drag race was lost by Palin's drag-doppleganger.

Katie Schwartz said...


My sister agrees with both of you.

I disagree. Shocked? I know.

I see this as a metaphor, satirical art, even.

Cormac Brown said...

I'm sorry, I was a little strong. Ya know I loves ya with all my heart.

Katie Schwartz said...

Honey, don't you ever apologize for disagreeing with me. Evah. I'd rather disagree with you publicly and/or privately than have mishigas between us.

JDC and I debate about this all the time. I love it. I think it makes our friendship much more interesting.

Katie Schwartz said...

PS: speak yo' mind child as butchly as you wish!

Unknown said...

1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
3. a literary genre comprising such compositions.

There is nothing here satirical about the hanging of Palin. I understand the anger and the sense of personal assault the boys in WH might feel, but this is ugly anger at best.

How would this be viewed were it an Obama effigy hanging there instead? Possibly hanging in a biblebelt town?

You and I always disagree on first amendment issues and the responsibility of the speaker. The quote below might even allow this to be considered a hate crime from a few different angles.

In the on-line magazine Slate, Eve Gerber writes, "The definition of a hate crime varies. Twenty-one states include mental and physical disability in their lists. Twenty-two states include sexual orientation. Three states and the District of Columbia impose tougher penalties for crimes based on political affiliation."


Unknown said...

I would allow this to be satire if...

Palin were hanging ... I can't think of the way to make a hanging work.

Shoot at by wolves from a helicopter maybe


Cup said...

I have to admit, I think it's funny -- but I have a sick sense of humor.


As a Southern girl, I understand why a rope is unacceptable. Put the other candidates (MY candidates) in the same effigy, and it would be A Major Issue.

Katie Schwartz said...

Yes, JDC, this is a topic we frequently disagree about. I adore you. As I said, I am glad that we can disagree publicly and privately.

All of that said, I do see this as satire and as a metaphor.

Nooses and lynches make me sick, period.

Palin hanging is a metaphor to me. What she's implemented policy wise and what she plans to implement if elected, is a metaphorical noose around homosexual necks and women's necks. Oh, and the middle class's necks. At least that's how I see it.

I don't see this as a hate crime. What makes it funny (again, in my opinion), is McCain in flames in the chimney above Palin.

I also had a thought... I would love to see an image of Palin being hunted and skinned and draped on a couch. Just as she has done with a bear on her couch in her office. To me, that's satire.


Katie Schwartz said...

JDC, very funny.

Katie Schwartz said...

Bethy, Great points. I have a sick sense of humor, too. I do appreciate it.

I hear you on the other side, too.

Karen Zipdrive said...

I think the rope around the neck is a bit much. The queen in question should opt for the far more slapstick rope around the ankles with the slutty panties showing.

Unknown said...

"The queen in question should opt for the far more slapstick rope around the ankles with the slutty panties showing."

That would be satire to me!

Maybe masturbating with an oil can.


Randal Graves said...

Perhaps the homeowner - no, that's the banks - could've hung Palin and Obama side by side. Betcha the Feds wouldn't know what to do.

"Chief, we've got a nihilist on our hands."

"Don't do anything, Larry, the world's already falling apart."

okjimm said...

Nope. It wasn't funny or satirical (and frankly, I hate both McJohn and the Polar Bitch).

Some twit-wit a few miles from my house lynched a scarecrow in black-face. That wasn't funny, either.

Good news is that both images have been removed.

Bad news is that Palin and McCain will not be removed until Wednesday am.

KELSO'S NUTS said...

@ JEWGIRL: I want my own "HE HATE ME" prize, so I'm going for it.

I love every part of this and am glad to have the images in 0s and 1s for all eternity. As sick humor, it's first rate. As a way of expressing anger at Prop 8 and every other indignity the LGBTQ population have to endure, it's wholly appropriate. I wouldn't call Obama or Biden EVOLVED on the subject particularly but McCain and Palin are straight up homophobes.

It's also kind of cool instatllation art.

I'm not an African-American so it's not in my place to offer an opinion about the rope or the lynching references. I know that if some other display technique were use and a swastika added, I wouldn't be pissed off as a Jew, I'd think it appropriate because these two are nazis.

I also love that it was West Hollywood because finally when are Americans -- yes even Democrats -- going to wake up to their rancid homophobia and how it knows no cultural boundry. America, it hate THE GAY.

And finally, let's see if I have this straight here. A bunch of folks were offended by the poor taste of the hanging of Palin in effigy, yet these same folks never write in protest about the death penalty? And how the US is the only Western nation to still use it? And not only that but use it at a rate far greater than it's used in Saudi Arabia?

My only conclusion is that tenderfooted Democrats got to re-think their priorities or at least admit to LIKING the DEATH PENALTY because your Uncle Kelso knows that a few of you DO!

Travelingman Rick said...

Did the feds visit the guy who hung Obama in effigy up in Kentucky? Just asking?

Personally I did not like the whole idea of the hanging thingy, McCain looks more like Santa stuck in the Chimney. For the record, he cant raise his arms over his head though.

A better display in my lil opinion would have been Johnny with a viagra, and Sarah reading the Constitution.

KELSO'S NUTS said...

Cobardes de mierda! Los gays son nuestros hermanos y hermanas. Si tuvieran ellos las ganas la agallas y los fucking huevado huevo puta de huevos de burlar com' asi, a quien le importe cualquier Jose-Seis-Latas o tal vez Jose-El-Plomero alguien con el derecho de criticarlos? Dime. En serio, pue'.

Pue' si la cuerda se ofende menos mal por tener los sentidos humanos pero no les parezca la vaina de averiguar come se sientan los negros y los negros y negras gay mas aun sobre toda la vaina antes de juzgar a los gays?


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