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PRIDE 2019 Playlist

Thoughtless Painting

I just went to listen to a song, then it turned into two, the next thing I knew I had half a playlist and said, “well, I guess I gotta put a whole playlist together now.”

Really, I could go on forever with playlists sometimes. So I had to stop with this. The Spotify playlist was an indirect request. I got a good deal of it on there, but not all of it at the end. I may add to it later, but 30 tracks should keep some booties bumping.


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Justin W John

“Camp taste turns its back on the good-bad axis of ordinary aesthetic judgement. Camp doesn’t reverse things. It doesn’t argue that the good is bad, or the bad is good. What it does is to offer for art and for life a different —or supplementary —set of standards.”

— Susan Sontag, 1964

C A M P : 1671 — 3000+

Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition explores the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'” provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion..

NOTE TO READER: I merely aim to call to attention things I find of interest. I’m usually slow to the start and behind in the times, so if you’ve seen it before or so on and so forth, feel free to keep flipping. I also tend to write a lot of drafts, then forget to finish or otherwise get busy with other things and they stay sitting in the drafts folder. So periodically I have to go through the folder and delete, finish, or trash. Sometimes, and in this case, while I put some effort into this, I didn’t put quite enough. But I don’t want in to go into the trash. So I’m posting as-is what I had before I got busy with life.

Thank you. Justin. 💋

Origins of ‘Camp’

Andrew Bolton traces the origins of the term ‘Camp’ to nearly 350 years ago in Molière’s 1671 play The Adventures of Scapin. Which is where the exhibition opens. Gender nonconformity and roots in homosexual (LGBTQ) communities is where Camp was conceived, birthed, nourished, and raised to become the prima donna they is today. (I’m not sure if that last statement is coming off right or neutral, I still need a good lesson in that).

“Camp is the answer to the problem: how to be a dandy in the age of mass culture.”

— Susan Sontag, 1964

I have not visited The Met’s newest exhibition, CAMP: Notes on Fashion, but only glimpsed upon articles, photographs, and videos that our modern means of technology can bring to me here in Idaho. The exhibition opened with its annual grand showing Met Gala, as has been done since 1948. Celebrities of course done up to the nines and in this case tens and twenties. I’d be eager to visit the museum’s exhibition if my fortune finds me in NYC before September.

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1868 Correspondence between Lady Stella & Miss Fanny

Leave it to a Kardashian

Kim Kardashian West wearing custom Manfred Thierry Mugler. The crystal bead dripping latex dress took about eight months to create, but more notable, was the first creation from Mugler in two decades. The inspiration came from Sophia Loren in Boy on a Dolphin (pictured left) and from what the internet says, took breathing lessons to wear.

“The camp attitude is a mode of perception whereby artifacts become the object of an arrested, or fetishistic, scrutiny. It does not so much see everything in quotation marks as in parentheses. It is a solvent of context.”

— Andrew Britton, 1978


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I’m a little late to the (for lack of a better word) party on this one, but nonetheless, thought I’d share…

A bunch of gay and LGBTQ publications crowed this week over the “super queer” lineup of musicians that will perform at The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. But few of them mentioned that the festival’s billionaire owner, Philip Anschutz, donates money to the venomously anti-LGBTQ Republican Party.

Yes, it’s true that this year’s lineup includes openly queer musicians like Blood Orange, Christine and the Queens, Kaytranada, King Princess, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Smith, Sophie and more.

Villarreal, Daniel. “Just a reminder that Coachella’s owner still funds anti-LGBTQ politics.” Queerty. January 4, 2019.

Who is Philip Anschutz?

Philip Anschutz is the head of The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the parent company that puts on such festivals as Coachella, Stagecoach, Panorama, Firefly, and Desert Trip. He also owns Los Angeles’ Staples Center (plus a third of the Lakers), NHL’s Kings, and LA Galaxy.

According to Forbes, he’s worth $11.3 billion (as of 1/24/19); ranking #40 on their Top 400 of 2018 list.

Philip Anschutz has reportedly given nearly $200,000 (2010 – 2013) to charities that promote anti-LGBTQ philosophies, though it’s been stated that he and his foundation have since ceased supporting those groups.

On top of that, he’s supposedly donated over $200,000 in efforts against marijuana in his home state of Colorado. The conservative right-wing Republican has also given to anti-abortion and pro-gun charities as well. But honestly, I don’t think I even want to bring that up because I the gun issue to me is very delicate in that not either side has it completely right, in my opinion. But what’s my opinion mean anyway? And the abortion topic, well, I’m not a woman, so I don’t get to make that choice. And I’ll leave it at that.

#NOCHELLA | Rhea & Willam. Skip ahead to about 3:30 on the time stamp… Rhea talks about him some more. But watch the whole thing if you can.

One thing I did read, of which now I can’t remember the source, but supposedly he, I believe the word they used was, disdains Trump. And only gave his 2016 campaign $250.00. No, I didn’t leave off any zeros. Two hundred and fifty dollars. What a bitch slap?!

But bottomline, he supports hate. Now that is probably a bold and harsh statement to make, but if you don’t see it that way, please explain to me how it could be interpreted any other? Seriously. It’s discriminatory and hateful.

Don’t hate, don’t actively try to put people into segregated boxes and divisions because you think less of them. Just don’t think of them, do something constructive for something you do support. Something that DOES NOT hurt, demean, revoke rights of, bully, oh I could go on forever, you get my drift… Don’t be an asshat.

Photo credit: Justin W John, Spring 2007.

More articles and other such reading materials:
Brooks, Dave. “AEG Owner Pulls Financial Support for Some Anti-LGBTQ Groups, But Still Donated $770,000 in 2016.” Billboard. February 1, 2018.
Kennedy, Gerrick. “AEG Live’s ties to anti-LGBT groups ‘nothing more than fake news,’ says Philip Anschutz.” LA Times. January 5, 2017.
Zimmerman, Amy. “Your Coachella Money Is Going to a Right-Wing Billionaire Who Funded Anti-LGBT and Anti-Marijuana Causes.” The Daily Beast. April 13, 2018.