Teachers carry and escort students away from Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma, after it was destroyed by a tornado. (Photo: Paul Hellstern / The Oklahoman)
My heart goes out to Oklahoma today. I live in LA now, but Oklahoma City is my home - born and raised. Today is my mom’s birthday and her front door was shattered, and my sister would have been in the path of the tornado if she hadn’t stayed home sick today. Her kids were evacuated from daycare and my sister was literally throwing up and driving into the tornado zone to pick them up. When she got to the daycare, they had her kids rolled into little balls against the wall in the bathroom under plastic mats, but oh man they were so happy to see their mama. Had she gone to work, her driving route would have taken her right into the path of the tornado at the time it struck - a total blessing disguised in the form of a stomach bug.
Unfortunately one of my best friends-slash-ex-boyfriend’s family wasn’t so lucky. His dad’s house was pretty much destroyed and there’s nothing left of their neighborhood.
If you have a quick second, please be sure to donate to one of the many disaster relief organizations available. Or at the very least, please extend some loving energy in that direction this evening.
when did the Tan Mom become a gay icon? Also what the fuck is this?
As is typical of the American media’s tendency to completely ignore artistic movements outside of a the few pre-approved urban arts meccas, few people seem to be aware of Patricia Krentcil’s early involvement in Essex County, New Jersey’s provocative but often overlooked radical ’80s art scene. Thus they apparently fail to realize that Krentcil’s current micro-frame is one of the most important American artistic projects of the century so far.
Apparently content with the statement she’s made about tabloid, cable news and human-as-unintended-meme culture, in her latest work Krentcil moves on to attack the very notion of female singer as “gay icon” in the first place. Clearly she’s making some provocative statements about the modern “gay icon’s” tendency to champion social causes just to enhance their own image (“I’ve got a message to use protection form the sun. Ha, ha, ha, ha!”), the stirring of drama with perceived rivals for publicity purposes (the calling out of Tan Mom and Octomom), using queer bodies merely as props while mainstreaming gay culture, embracing high impact visuals and dramatic costume changes as a way to call away attention from the lack of quality in both the performer’s voice and song writing, apparent meaningless mix of religion imagery with sexuality (the wall full of crucifixes seen behind her as her breasts are groped), and instance that they are “cool” without offering anything new of quality to culture but rather just appropriating the works of others. And that’s just the top of the iceberg. I think I could watch this video a hundred times and still not pick up on all the nuanced layers of meaning here.
This bitch is looking into my soul! A girl I know found this gigantic painting by the trash and stole it for herself lolz