So it’s safe to say last night’s Oscars were great. We had Billy Crystal being hilarious, Sacha Baron Cohen dumping “ashes” all over Ryan Seacrest (and made the little jab that he was wearing Galliano…brilliance), the Christopher Guest clan doing a hysterical skit as a test audience for the Wizard of Oz (somebody give Jennifer Coolidge an Oscar), and Meryl Streep winning her third statue. Queen’s heads were exploding, as Margaret Cho would say.
Anywho, I need to say three things before I get to the gowns:
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For the Oscars tomorrow. I know the ceremony is important and I love it, etc., but most people know my favourite part is the red carpet. The Oscars red carpet is definitely one of my favourite events of the year, possibly as much as Christmas. Seriously.
I’m also REALLY excited for the gays on Twitter explosion of Tweets that happens with every awards show. Especially when I mentally make a comment and I look at my feed and 20 people just tweeted the same thought.
AND Miss Piggy at the Oscars. There is just so much to look forward to.
Not that I find violence especially hilarious, but something about this just strikes me funny. I guess it’s the irony of bombing something in the name of “Christianity” is very un-Christian. All the Christians I know would certainly agree.
Like the author of this piece, maybe it’s because I’m desensitized, but from what I’ve seen of the exhibit, it’s not all that shocking. I’m not surprised that it’s created a backlash, but it’s such an overreaction.
I don’t have anything to show for it, except for a photo I posted of a project I’m working on, but a lot of my work involves religious iconography. Partly because I love the aesthetic, but mostly because I grew up surrounded by it. Art comes from within and your experiences.
When I spoke to Rossy de Palma earlier this week her point of view was that religious iconography belonged as much to the models in the show as the angry Christian terrorists who tried to boycott it. “We grew up with all that bullshit and we can do what we want with it,” she said.
Christian or any other religious iconography transcends it’s own practices and followers. While those of a certain faith might hold these images to be sacred, they reach far beyond that and are more cultural. It’s everywhere. From people who wear cross necklaces with no devotion, or me covering myself in blood as the Virgin Mary, it’s not necessarily an attack. It’s an exploitation of the images that we’ve been surrounded by and have had shoved down our throats. And maybe some of us have felt exploited by them.
It’s funny how (fundamentalist) Christians are so in your face about righteousness, and declaring their love for the Lord, and so on, but as soon as someone presents a different idea, the cloak of Christianity they wear disappears. They scream and yell about how fully clothed they are, but really, they are completely naked. Sort of a pseudo Emperor’s New Clothes type thing.
What bothers me the most is with these types of Christians/conservative groups is that they focus so much of their energy and money fighting for “morality” when really, their focus should be on those who are in need. Which is the far more Christian (and moral) thing to do.
The church accused Christ of being blasphemous and immoral, but he didn’t care. He just hung around with the outcasts and helped them. Jesus don’t give a shit. Seriously.
I volunteer at a queer library/resource centre here in Guelph called Out on the Shelf. And I’ve created a Tumblr and a Twitter page for it.
You (obviously) don’t have to be in Guelph to follow! It will be a page with guest posts, featured resources (some of which are hilarious, such as a Cher fitness VHS), and any CanQueer related news/happenings.
If you live in Guelph or the surrounding area and want us to promote an event on our page, shoot me a message!