Even though Facebook apologized for deactivating drag queens’ accounts after realizing that one person had been on a personal crusade to troll the queens, the site is still continuing to suspend the accounts. Facebook’s Chief Products Officer Chris Cox noted in his apology that the legal-name policy was intended to increase accountability for people who were trolling other Facebook users, which is a nice idea that has ultimately come with more than a little bit of irony.
Facebook is providing measures by which the drag queens can get their accounts reinstated, but it requires them to tell Facebook why their accounts were suspended and why their drag names are, in fact, their authentic names. It’s a lot of trouble to go through for people who haven’t violated Facebook’s policies. Keep reading »
Is anyone else surprised that now that the two-week deadline for “real names” on Facebook is up, Facebook has apologized to the LGBT activists who have been fighting it and said that they’re “taking measures to provide much more deliberate customer service” to the owners of flagged accounts? I’m not. Facebook apologizes for everything, eventually, without ever really changing much of what they did wrong in the first place. No one knows what this “much more deliberate customer service” is actually going to look like, and the point remains that the legal name policy is inherently going to affect trans* people, drag queens and kings, and stalking victims negatively, even if they receive better customer service after the fact. The point also remains that Mark Zuckerberg claimed that having two names demonstrates a “lack of integrity” without discriminating between different instances of using two names. Keep reading »
Facebook met with a group of queer activists on Wednesday to discuss how its policy forcing members to use their legal name as printed on their driver’s license, credit card, or student ID discriminates against members of the LGBT community, and trans* people and drag queens in particular — and didn’t budge on the policy. Facebook will reinstate suspended accounts for two weeks, giving those members time to decide whether they want to change their names, convert their profiles to pages, or leave the platform, after which the company will begin to suspend accounts again. Keep reading »
You don’t need to sell me on the idea that drag is deeply inspiring (see: my obsession with “RuPaul’s Drag Race”). It’s not just about the WOW effect of all the sequins on the catwalk, it’s about making gender performance, which falls outside of the traditional binary, palatable to a wider audience. Artist Saint Hoax attended his first drag show and was stuck by the sequins, yes, but also by how it takes the “exact effort to make a leader” that it does to make an iconic drag queen: a flamboyant name, a fierce persona, defining outfits, a personalized hairdo, a trademark feature and one hell of a PR team. In his piece, “War Drags You Out,” Saint Hoax went to work transforming the most controversial political leaders into iconic queens. In a statement on his website, Saint Hoax writes:
“A rush of images containing Hitler’s mustache, Bin laden’s headgear, Obama’s campaigns, Saddam’s narcism crossed through my mind. It got me thinking that behind every ‘great’ man, there’s a queen. Like drag queens, political/religious leaders are expected to entertain, perform and occasionally lip-sync a public speech. But unlike drag queens, the fame hungry leaders don’t know when to take their costumes off. ”
After the jump, meet Hitleria Hysteria,Queen Abby, Madame O’ Sane, Georgia Buchette, Vladdy Pushin’ Ossie B’ and Baricka O’Bisha making their debuts in GIF form. WERK! [Jezebel] Keep reading »
When these drag queens in Peru decided to brawl during the Miss Gay San Juan 2013 pageant, they should have thrown on a layer of vaseline to protect themselves from scratch marks. Things got fishy when judges announced that they had crowned the wrong winner. That’s when the first runner-up went for the newly-crowned Miss Gay’s wig. It was so brutal that it took security a good while to break these two up. At least former pageant rivals Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese (from the most recent season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) had the good sense to limit their grievances to snide readings and shade throwing. [BBC]