(via Beeper246@ youtube)

By William Johnson

“When I saw the first of these, I was like “oh, cool little video.” Then when I realized there were six videos all about that wig, I realized this is art.” –Colin Fitzpatrick.

Like Colin, I initially thought these videos by Beeper246 were the web diaries of an Atlanta-based kiki queen with a wig fetish. But after watching all these videos together, I realized Miss Beeper246 was on some brilliant performance art ‘ish.

Beeper246′s brilliance lies not just in demonstrating that queer/gay imagination can rise above the pedestrian constraints of  reality (The bills aint payed, but the hair is layed hunty! ), but also her understanding that through sheer force of will/cleverness/moxie a character’s wild fancy can reshape the viewer’s preconception as well. Simply put:  After watching all these videos, I no longer see a cheap wig….I now see magically layed hair.

I see what Beeper246 sees Still I rise hair. Fairy tale hair. The wig is basically a plain a-round-the-way-girl bob, but Miss Honey, with the power of her ingenious word play, campy come-ons, and dead-on black lady pop cultural references (“this hair is giving Pearl Cleage fish”), transforms that “wretched” wig into a thing of uncontainable power and beauty. It’s a wig that can stop church services, inspire poetry slams, and I’m  thinking– at this point– maybe even save the world.




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Thank you for sharing, I found very useful…

aleyram added these pithy words on Nov 20 11 at 10:15 am

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