The police in Sacramento, California’s state capital, have some damage control on their agenda after the discovery of a cache of old fundraising t-shirts. The NAACP, who consider the controversial images part of a larger pattern of “violent behavior and misconduct,” are calling for an FBI investigation. The department had already been in the media eye after shooting suspect Tyrone Smith was killed in custody in late October. The t-shirts depict a small child in the Keane school of big-eyed kitsch kids clutching the bars of a jail cell accompanied by the caption “You raise ’em. We cage ’em.” They are funny, sad, insulting, bigoted, perverted, insightful, sick, twisted, wrong, right-on, et cetera, ad infinatum – and probably bringing in more money on eBay and the secondary market than they ever did originally.
Posted in Comics, Crime, Northern California, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Strange News, Subcultures
Tagged Comics, Kitsch, Margaret Keane, NAACP, Sacramento, Satire, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Twin Rivers Police, Tyrone Smith
Occupy Mordor! “Because One Ring Should Not Be Allowed to Rule Them All.” via Juventud Sin Futura – and friend of this site Guo-Juin Hong.
Posted in Activism, DIY and Maker Culture, History, Literature, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Spain, Subcultures, Youth
Tagged Juventud Sin Futura, Occupy Mordor, OWS, Revolution, Satire, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Spain
We are living in interesting times…
Photos via Getty Images and David Shankbone.
For naked artists on Wall Street, click here.
Posted in Activism, Crime, DIY and Maker Culture, History, New York, Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Strange News, Subcultures, Surveillance
Tagged 99%, Activism, Corporate Crime, David Shankbone, Occupy Wall Street, Photography, Revolution, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Sexy, Signage, Surveillance
pony and pal, Big Gay Al, at SmokeOut, Las Vegas 2011
…in which the Gay Highwaymen interview Marc “pony” Owens about race play. Owens is a well-known and respected player in Northern California. He is the outgoing Mr. Alameda County Leather, and active in the Golden Gate Guards and The 15 Association. Controversial even in hardcore Leather and Kink circles, race play brings up strong emotions in both those who practice it and those who criticize it. Owens plays that way…and speaks for himself.
G.H.: What is the appeal of race play for you?
M.p.O.: It brings out the submissive in me. White dominance over blacks: it’s almost the final frontier in tabu play.
G.H.: How did you get into it?
M.p.O.: Very slowly. I always had fantasies of it. It was either 1999 or 2000 when I met my Daddies in Berkeley while cruising online and we chatted about it through instant messenger. It was so hot I finally summoned the courage to meet with one of them and explore it. It was mind blowing!
G.H.: How does race play relate, and what are the differences and similarities, to racism and historical slavery?
M.p.O.: Well regarding racism and historical slavery…The similarity is the power exchange element of it. As a black submissive you are giving Whites power over you. Most submissives like being degraded and made to feel less than human next to their Dom. I’m just using historical slavery and racism to get to the extreme level of my kind of hardcore BDSM.
G.H.: How does it relate to Verbal Abuse, Humiliation, Degradation and Trash Talk?
Many submissives like being called “Bitch” “Whore” and other degrading names. Because the power in those words hits a chord with them and turns them on. To be called Coon, Monkey or the “N” word hits a chord with me and turns me on. To be humiliated and degraded because I’m black adds to and feeds my sexual desire. In race play the similarities are the same as any other type of S&M play it’s just the difference is I’m a black person in a mostly White dominated field of BDSM and that kind of puts me in that unique position to use race play to turn my TOP on and myself. The energy is amazing when you have two people who are really into it.
G.H.: And how does it relate to the Dom/sub dynamic?
M.p.O.: Since those types of relationships are based on the Top’s beliefs that the sub is not equal to them, that goes along with the White knowing he is superior to the black. It sweetens the pot in the relationship. Blacks who want to be submissive to Whites truly want to feel they are inferior to them. That puts them in the submissive headspace they need to be in.
Part II here. Part III coming soon…Comments are welcome.
Posted in History, Human Animals, Leather, Northern California, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Subcultures
Tagged 15 Association, BDSM, Black Men, Culture, Gay, Golden Gate Guards, History, Interview, Kink, Leather, Marc Owens, Mr ACL, pony, Race Play, Racism, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Slave
Rudolf Brazda is photographed in 2008 in Berlin in front of a memorial for homosexual victims of the Nazis. Brazda died Wednesday, according to a German gay rights group. He was 98. (Ronny Hartmann / Associated Press)
“They were never able to destroy me. I am not ashamed.” Buchenwald survivor Rudolf Brazda lived almost a century as a gay man, enjoying the tolerant climate of the Weimar Republic as a young man, and living openly with his lover. When the Nazis came to power, all that changed. Brazda was arrested under the notorious Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code and deported to the Buchenwald death camp. The pink triangle that marked him as a homosexual in the camps may have also helped saved his life. “Others died but I came through” Brazda once explained. At least twice he was helped by SS guards, with whom he probably had sexual relationships. He discretely describes the guard who intervened to prevent his execution for insulting another guard as “infatuated.” After liberation, Brazda settled in Alsace, where he met his partner Edi in 1950. The couple stayed together until Edi’s death in 2002. Earlier this year, Brazda was honored by the French Legion d’Honneur. Kim Willsher of the LA Times reports from Paris. Story here.
Posted in Crime, Germany, History, Obituary, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More.
Tagged Buchenwald, Culture, Gay, Headlines, History, Nazi, Obituary, Paragraph 175, Pink Triangle, Rudolf Brazda, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., SS, Survivor
Should People Receiving Entitlements Be Allowed to Vote? I get the sense that whoever made this sign doesn’t think so. Seen on the side of I-5 in Washington state.
Posted in Road Trips, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Washington state
Tagged Conservatism, entitlements, government benefits, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., voting rights, Washington state
Banksy on 9th St. SF. Photo: Gay Highwaymen, Dec 2010.
Banksy! We snapped this shot on 9th St between Folsom and Harrison Streets in San Francisco’s SOMA (South of Market) district some time back. Popped up “just so” during last year’s run of Exit Through The Gift Shop.
Hey, B,…if you ever want to extend your marvelous marks into the rural fabulosity of NorCal, you are invited. Hospitality, anonymity, great groovy walls and other cool surfaces guaranteed!
Posted in Activism, ANIMALS: Human and otherwise..., Art and Artists, Collecting, DIY and Maker Culture, Photography, San Francisco, Signage, Street Art, Grafitti, etc., Subcultures
Tagged Art, Banksy, Culture, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Film, Folsom St, Grafitti, Photography, Rat, San Francisco, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, SOMA, Street Art, Grafitti, etc.
One of the web’s very best, Joe Jervis of Joe. My. God. has been blogging for over eight years, and has built a loyal and lively readership. Unlike many queer sites which strive to create safe spaces for their readers, JMG operates more like a free zone. The unmoderated comments section is always entertaining, informative and challenging…and often offensive. This is a good thing. Debate is healthy. Covering up rot just breeds more rot. And we’ve all got our rotten elements. Air helps dissipate the stink.
Joe published a rant in 2006 in which he talked back to the ‘normal’ gay people who want to rid pride parades of ‘defectives’ – those nice folks who discuss “how we might go about ‘discouraging’ certain ‘elements’ from taking part in the parades.” We all know who the elements are. Joe’s nice gays spell it out: “Why must all the coverage be drag queens and leather freaks in assless chaps?” The more outre the image, the better the press.
Of course, freaks have always made for good spectacle. The ancient Romans even bought and sold deformed human slaves at specialty ‘monstrosity markets.’ We no longer generally buy and sell living human bodies, but we do trade in representations of those bodies: images, words, memes. We deal in abstracts: Semiotic Weaponry – wars of words. Violence is inherent in communication. We undo and remake one another with our choice of words, appearance and other social signifiers. We attract and repulse one another. Vanillas might be put off by Leather’s overt sexuality and we might gag on their cologne. Punks and preps trade shade. We insult each other on purpose and accidentally. Dykes can see patriarchal oppression in a nice basket, and few gay men want to look at naked jiggling double D-cups – even with those little pieces of electrical tape over the nipples. One guy’s hot hairy bear is another’s disgusting old fat man. You think that intersex or trans boy is an attractive man? The guy next to you might think she’s a stupid self-deluding bitch. Feelings are real, but they are not facts. We can modify our interactions to minimize psychic damage, but the potential to offend others with our particular “defects,” or to participate in a particular ideology by our presence, will always be there. Only solitude and silence guarantee against this. We can stake out a spot on the mountaintop or disappear into the depths of a shimmering nishikigoi pond. Not a bad plan for serious self-reflection, but eventually we just might want to rejoin the party. Maybe.
Joe continues: “I’m not worried what the outside world thinks about the drag queens, the topless bulldaggers, or the nearly naked leatherfolk. It’s OUR party, bitches. If you think that straight America would finally pull its homokinder to its star-spangled bosom once we put down that glitter gun, then you are seriously deluding yourself. Next year, if one of the Christian camera crews that show up to film our “debauched” celebrations happen to train their cameras on you, stop dancing. And start PRANCING.” For the rest of the rant, click here.
Posted in Drag, Internet, Leather, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Spirituality, Subcultures
Tagged Culture, Drag, Freaks, Gay, Intersex, Joe Jervis, Leather, Pride, Punk, Queer, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Semiotic Weaponry, Semiotics, Spirituality, Trans, Violence, Watching the Defectives
Doubt the death of the author? At art.com, visitors can choose images from the library and preview them framed over the couch in a choice of living rooms or stretched over canvas above the toilet in the bathoom. It’s the ‘view-in-room’ option, a database-driven, semi-automatic and very interactive shopping experience. Most of their images are drawn from the visual arts canon, but they also offer medical stock photography and other arcane scientific and historical subjects, which make for some very strange interior design possibilities. Pictured here: AIDS Virus, Black Background Photographic Print, 32′ x 24″ framed, displayed in the #2 children’s bedroom option. Get it here. Or not.
Posted in AIDS, Collecting, Internet, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Sickness and Health, Signage, Strange News
Tagged 30 Years Old, AIDS, Anniversary, Art, database, Gay, HIV/AIDS, Internet, Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Thirty Years
It is not like there is no precedent. President Reagan? Governor Schwarzenegger? Why not the Easter Bunny for Vice President? This country could use a little pop culture irony in the war room. No?
Posted in Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Strange News, Washington DC
Tagged Culture, Easter Bunny, Headlines, Obama, Photography, Pop, Rabbit, Rumor, Running Mate, Satire, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., VP, Weird