Date of publication: 2017-07-09 08:07
Now if we could only close down every beach and swimming pool in the US and do something about babies being born in their birthday suits what a wonderful world it would be.
As for me, I was diagnosed late last year with Parkinson's disease. That diagnosis probably sounds dire, but maybe more so than is really the case. I don't have any tremors, the disease having manifested itself most visibly in a slouching posture that Phyllis noticed before I did. There are drugs and therapies available to retard the disease's progress, and I am taking full advantage of them.
Jake and I have only one Facebook friend in common, the estimable caricaturist Drew Friedman or is caricaturist the right word? I see that Mark Evanier has identified Drew as an lllustrator, but that doesn't seem quite right, either. What Drew draws are portraits of old Jewish comedians, most famously, and of comic-book worthies that are not so much exaggerated, in caricatural fashion, as rendered with near-hallucinatory clarity. I love his published work, but I especially enjoyed a show of his original art at the Society of Illustrators in New York a few years ago. I hope Jake is not his agent, or that Drew caught on to him faster than I did. Drew has a blog at this link.
In the United States it is all about money: those who have it and those who don&rsquo t. Identity politics are often used as a smokescreen to distract us from this viral culture of wealth extraction. When we are not extracting wealth from nature, we are extracting it from the working and middle classes.
Just as an exercise in relativism, it would be interesting if you ( I assume you have friends
from a variety of faiths ) substituted a good and faithful friend 8767 s Name, in place of the
word 8775 protestant 8776 and see how it rolls off the tongue. 🙂
In addition, the two comedians would have been well aware of the New York party's emcee, comedian and fellow performer Jerry Lester (who also provided several of the celebrity voices for Mickey's Gala Premiere ).
But if you trace the trail of breadcrumbs, the deeper truth of it is impossible to ignore. Like global warming, it is not one isolated event, but a series of events that occur over years to create a system that has sought to undermine me, at first as a feminine child, and later as an androgynous transwoman. It is a system of social oppression and diminished opportunities for transpeople that has been employed by capitalism in the US to crush our dreams and our collective spirit.
On the Daffy Duck one, I committed what was then considered a mortal sin: I merged Daffy's eyes together. This was the early seventies and there was no active Warner Brothers Cartoon Department. The folks who decided what those characters looked like whether they were drawn properly were in some sort of Licensing Division at the Warner company and they were furious if Daffy's eyes merged. There had to be black between them. Fortunately, they never saw my rough or I might have been forbidden to ever draw (or even imagine) Daffy ever again. They didn't approve roughs just the finished art which in this case was done by Joe Messerli.
I enjoy that wild and reckless exhilaration that comes from naming my truth as best as I can it is what Nina Simone might have called a &ldquo boon&rdquo . The truth is that I was not groomed for stardom and watered down for your enjoyment. As a transgendered artist, I have always occupied a place outside of the mainstream. I have gladly paid a price for speaking my truth in the face of loathing and idiocy.