Protest Sharon Needles’ Racist Actions - Wednesday (6/27) @ Jungle Club Atlanta
Sharon Needles has some shit she needs to work on. For receipts, see grrylman’s post here.
And lucky for us, she’ll be at the Jungle Club in Atlanta, Georgia this Wednesday (6/27). Let’s all get together for a lovely time of protest and dissent over the ridiculous racist behavior of Sharon Needles.
Our plan is to assemble outside of the Jungle with signs, badges, and other militant items of fabulousness.
We will then join the line and move through informing people of Sharon’s racist statements and actions. Keep it peaceful, keep it simple, keep it classy.
Some of the attendees are going to be very angry with us. We have to know this before going. This demonstration is not violent, and we are asking that all demonstrators please refrain from engaging with anyone who wants to argue. We’re only demonstrating to speak the truth.
In other words: if someone tries to throw shade your way you just do you gurl.
When we’re done, we’ll move over to The Heretic for .25 cent beer night. Protest will start promptly at 9:00pm and go until 10:00pm.
Invite your friends!
For an invite to the Facebook event, send an ask to grrlyman or glitterlion. Be sure to include your facebook info.
Seriously?! SERIOUSLY?! This is what you fucking choose to do with your time? What a waste, protesting her show isnt going to change shit. She is SHARON MOTHERFUCKING NEEDLES who will do whatever the fuck she wants. She is a drag queen and typically they dont give a fuck what everyone else thinks, this is true for Sharon. Go spend your time protesting something else like Mitt Romney or something that will actually matter. Who gives a fuck if she makes a few off color racial comments? Seriously, fuck off.
The bolded commentary is from http://harrypotterisg0d.tumblr.com/, aka Matt.
I’m reblogging this, not because Matt’s commentary is particularly mean spirited or out of the ordinary. On the contrary, it perfectly demonstrates the standard reaction that queers of color get when we dare to speak up about our experiences with(in) white gay-queer community.
You see, identical to white straight culture, white gay-queer culture believes that it’s a waste of time to work against racism at all levels. That the “few off-color racial comments” made by folks, especially drag queens, are in no way comparable to the vitriolic statements and policies espoused by politicians, like Mitt Romney. I mean, really, we should find better ways of spending our time because pointing out these actions and how contradictory they are to liberation won’t change a thing. Why don’t we just fuck off?
You see, what these basic motherfuckers don’t seem to understand is that a large portion of the violence and abuse committed against queer communities of color begins with a few off-color racial comments. That politicians make a few-off color racial comments every day that lead to legislation and policies that further stigmatizes communities of color and cuts us off from vital resources necessary to our survival.
That police make a few off color racial comments when they chase us, beat us, frame us, lock us up, and kill us.
That teachers make a few off-color racial comments when they treat us like prisoners instead of students. When they attribute our educational difficulties and accomplishments negatively to our race, versus a lack of support and over disciplining or hard work.
That the bartenders in your favorite gay bars make a few off-color racial comments when they serve everyone but us making up some bullshit excuse about it being so busy that they can’t see us standing right in front of their asses.
I can keep going, but I think you get the point. They’re not off-color and their not a few. They’re racist and neverending. They’re the countless microaggressions committed against people of color daily. They’re the biases that maintain systems of white supremacy and privilege that put politicians like Mitt Romney in power and allow them to say the most vitriolic racist bullshit with no consequence. They’re the beginnings of the KKK and the last words black and brown bodies hear before our lives are ended way too fucking soon.
So no, we won’t fuck off, but you can kick rocks in open toed shoes.
Take your basic ass and your basic understanding of drag culture and sit all the way fucking down because I am not the one.
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to respond, whoever you are. (I looked on your blog and your name was nowhere to be found, how sad :( )
Now, here is my rebuttle, I admit, I did get a little carried away, but now I will go and counter argue every single point you made! Enjoy :)
Okay, first off, no one is attacking you or queers of color. Sit down.
Racism, like homophobia, will always exist and honestly, by not ignoring them, you’re fueling the fire. Now, are you going to protest every single Hip-Hop artist who uses the word “nigga” or are you going to call out all of the black people who use the words nigger and nigga? Didn’t think so. I can also pull of the race card because I’m white and you take offense when I say the word nigger or nigga, that’s racist. If you’re going to allow black people to say those words, then god damnit, I can too. I’m not a racist person, nor is Sharon Needles, we hate everyone equally and like to make jokes at everyones expense. Lisa Lampanelli does the exact same thing. I’m not exactly sure how politics got all wrapped up in this, so I’m going to ignore that part. My main point of that is, you need to sit down, relax and take a joke. A joke is a way of dealing with issues or pain, something I’ve learned to do very well, you should too. It really helps, I mean you can laugh at things better and typically when you laugh at things you’re happy and not angry or mad. This just proves my earlier posts (you can look on my blog for those) to be correct. This is what is wrong with the world, no one can take a fucking joke regardless of what the content is. It would be different if she said it to hurt or to offend you, but she didn’t. In the picture above, she actually meant it in a loving an endearing term. The same way my grandmother calls me a nasty slut, out of love. Like seriously, take a joke and learn the context of things.
Continuing on context, we’re not going through the apartheid here, so stop acting like we are. You live in the United States, there are ways to get what you need, trust me, I’m poor (literally have coins) yet, I still get what I need to survive. It’d be a different story if we lived in South Africa or anywhere in Africa for that matter.
Don’t be so quick to take things out of context. Really, it will help your argument and protest a lot better. The moment you take what she said out of context, it starts to offend you. Really it does.
Secondly, take a joke. (Notice how I’m starting to sound like a broken record? It’s mostly because your whole argument was the same thing over and over again!)
I pretty much think that this sums up my counter argument. Two main points, take a joke and don’t take things out of context.
When things are meant to be offensive, for example your statements about the bartenders and politicians, those are meant to be offensive.
When things are meant to be a joke or a loving endearing term, like the context it is used in, in the above picture, take it as such. There is no reason to get offended by someone telling you that they love you. Really, there isn’t.
The moment you take things out of context is when they lose their original intent and meaning.
Now I don’t know how the KKK or any other thing got brought up in this, but it also refers to my first sentence. Those kinds of people will always exist and quite frankly, there isn’t jack shit that you can do about it because we live in America, where sometimes, it really is unfortunate that we have free speech.
So please, go protest someone who means to offend you, like the Westboro Baptist Church. Those cunts mean to offend you, not Sharon Needles.
Wow. White folk telling People of Color to “take a joke.” What a novel idea. This person should seriously do seminars or something (probably in South Africa or anywhere in Africa for that matter).