(DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVENT SEEN THE EPISODE BECAUSE I SAY WHO GETS ELIMINATED IN THE FIRST SENTENCE!!!) Ok all this season there has been this WEIRD ELEMENT I could not put my finger on but now that Ms. Fame has got the chop, and subsequently released her new video, I figured out what it is.
There is no arguing that Ms Fame GETS THE LOOK she really has it ON POINT. The make up, the dress, leather, latex, even a SWAROWSKI THONG!?! She gets it all. Everything about her says FIERCE and that she is VENOMOUS WOMAN OF RAGE AND BEWARE HER POWER. This of course WE LOVE… BUT… we love this because that woman RECOGNIZES OUR PSYCHE. We RELATE TO THAT LADY BECAUSE SHE THINKS THE SAME AS US and we love her because she "understands us". This is why we worship that woman, she's an idealized version of ourselves and very likely our mother. Sure we LOVE the visuals, but those visual choices are supposed to be congruent with a mind set of the same thing. Yet with Ms Fame this is SO NOT THE CASE. Ms Fame is a darling country bumpkin who couldn't out fierce a frog?! She has all of the visuals and NONE OF THE PSYCHE. This of course leaves us, and by us I guess I mean those 28 and older, going HUH???!?!.
See for us you come to make these aesthetic opinions because you RELATED TO THE NEED FOR THESE OPINIONS. Grace Jones didnt give herself an anvil haircut because she wanted to talk about chickens. She gave herself an anvil haircut because she wanted to SHRED HER OPPRESSORS (A strict Jamaican religious family) and she can't do that literally of course, so she does it visually. There is RAGE in her heart which has been brilliantly and creatively remodeled into a completely striking visual and because of this we not only love her but RELATE. As an 8 year old gaylien baby the first time I saw Grace I was completely captured. I told my mom I wanted to MARRY HER. Marry was the closest thing my baby brain could come up with when what I meant was ACQUIRE THAT POWER. I loved her because she was her own unique creature unbound by the standards of normal society. I related to her gender revolution as a gayby. She was also POWERFUL and men were SCARED of her. Two powers a powerless gay boy WISHES he could have. She figured out a way to say what she wanted without saying a word. In the 80s (and I think every time before the internet as well but the 80s was my experience) everything had to be done in subtext which is EXTREMELY DIFFERENT THAN TODAY. THIS is the reason why Ms Fame has all the visuals correct, but none of the "hook". Kids today live in a world were there is NOT MUCH SUBTEXT GOING ON, certainly not much going on compared to our experience. Everything is accessible and online and because of the 80s and the advent of video then basically THE INTERNET STARTS AT 1982. When I was a kid you had very limited access to imagery and cultures. Today things are much easier and accessible and because of this openness the kids are simply not as SUSPECT or SHARP. We had to operate with much more cunning being you couldn't exist openly. When I was a kid the most popular stars FOR BOYS were SATANIC DRAG QUEENS!!! This is not a lie?! Nor an exaggeration?!?!? Can you imagine if Poison or Motley Crue was around today?! They simply could NOT EXIST because there is no way in todays world where gays actually have a place at the table that visuals like they had going on could NOT be called GAY. Those visuals now equate to a very real person who everyone knows, unlike my childhood when people were RUMORED to be gay. You couldn't just type "How many gays are in the world" into google and find out there are 8 million gays in the United States. When I grew up "homo joe" lived in the woods and he had a BLUE UZI WITH YELLOW BULLETS and the TOWN LIAR Ellen Hollis had been SHOT AT by him! "Gay" could NOT exist so it had to be executed through SUBTEXT. The importance of this fact is that it proves my point regarding Ms Fame. We had a SUBTEXT going on because WE HAD TO. The visual choices MEANT SOMETHING and were SUBVERSIVE. Now because were in a society that is officially post modern and everything since 1982(I just picked that year as a point because its vaguely around that point but arguable) has been saved and regurgitated simply for the sake of visuals and that THE VISUALS MEAN NOTHING and this is how we got to MS FAME.
Just to get into the headspace a bit further, we would hide pictures of Motley Crue in the encyclopedia so we wouldn't be CONDEMNED FOR WITCHCRAFT by our caretakers?!?! SATANISM, I was into SATANISM AND WITCHCRAFT as a child because it was an ALTERNATIVE POWER and I was into that because I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO BE GAY and I needed to find strength SOMEWHERE because nobody else was willing to let me be myself. Kids today have LADY GAGA telling them its great to be them, I WAS PRACTICING THE DARK ARTS as I fought an army of conservatives, not to mention COMMUNIST RUSSIA at the age of TEN?! Today gay kids can actually be gay kids, GAYS EXIST AND ARE REAL. Not like when I was a kid and they were RUMORED to exist. Sure people still have to fight for their rights and identity BUT it is VERY different today then it was for us and these kids simply do not have the rage we had growing up. Yes kids today are definitely rage full but for different reasons and the process of the rage is delivered in very different ways. The internet has changed everything so dramatically. Ms Fame for example in 48 hours as a 13 year old could follow a path of images online and know exactly what the fiercest of the fierce visually is/was but what she can't know is why those decisions were made that make what is fierce powerful and important. Thats why for us she's confusing, were used to these visuals meaning something. For her she's aping the most powerful images and it makes sense because YES ON PAPER SHES CORRECT, but then when we ask her a question we realize she's just empty visuals. This is why she's standing there befuddled when we say something that anyone of this genre in our world would comprehend and thus why she got the chop.
THE SAME THING GOES FOR TRIXIE MATTEL! Her FACE PAINT says POLTERGEIST CLOWN but her demeanor is SWEET GAY KID WHO WORKS AT APPLEBEES. On sight we see her face and think "This make-up is a comment on pageantry, barbie, and make up as a whole" but then we meet her and thats not the case. She doesn't get why this is "wrong" to us and why to young people she's "fierce" and why were all like NO YOURE DOING IT WRONG?! Her paint job is straight up EVIL CAMP yet I think she came to those decisions because she knows old school drag is old and tired and knows the new style of queen is more "post modern" but what she doesn't get is WHY Alaska looks like Alaska. Trixie is again empty visuals, she gets the visuals and has done her own thing with them but too much time has gone on between the punk movement of Alaskas look and Trixies face. What were dealing with now is OUR CHILDREN. They have the SEVERITY down because of our influence but they don't know WHY they're severe and this is why I feel VIOLET CHACHKI is CORRECT.
Violet actually does the HARD TUCK. She understands why SUFFERING IS IMPERATIVE TO THE QUALITY OF LOOK. She gets the HEAD TRIP. This is not just artifice for her. She is LIVING THE FANTASY. Im fully behind Violet Chacki, she might be young but she's of the right mindset and not just empty visuals.
This brings me Kataya. HEED THIS WARNING. DO NOT FALL FOR THE "NICE PERSON SHOULD WIN" thing you fell for with Jinx Monsoon and then wondered "Why the fuck did we not give the money to Alaska?!" !!!! Kataya is NICE. She seems like a cool person and I think we all want to like her and for her to be funny. I am NOT saying this to be a cunt but Im saying this because I see a lot of people heading down that Jinx path.. SHE ISNT THAT FUNNY. She's KIND OF FUNNY she's FUNNY ENOUGH, she's FUNNY LIKE A FRIEND and FUNNIER THEN THE OTHER GIRLS but THAT IS NOT ENOUGH TO WIN!!!! Kataya has put out A LOT of media and we watch it and were like "that was kinda cute but… why do I kinda feel bad for her?" A lot of what she does has this sadness behind it to me which I feel bad for not liking her for but I don't wanna feel bad for anyone! I DO LIKE HER. ID GO SEE HER SHOW. Don't think I DONT like her, but cmon, she's not WINNER material. Violet is DELIVERING. She has beauty and sex appeal AND is creative and this should be honored. Fuck it if she's not funny, none of the women I like are really funny besides Dolly Parton and we already sealed "funny" with Bianca. Lets go for edgy, strong, beautiful, creative, and talented. Lets go for Violet.
Pearl is cool, I like Pearl but Pearl is like an evolved and intelligent Adore to me..but WAY BETTER than Adore. I don't want her to think I think she's only as good as Adore because Pearl is actually quite cool but my vote is still going to Violet. Violet for the win.