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  1. tim
    October 31, 2011

    Having spent Halloween in most major cities at some point in my life – its a big deal for adults -everywhere-. Perhaps leaving West Hollywood occasionally will open you eyes to that.

    My favorite Halloween experiences have been in NYC – especially the yearly parade which hands down beats any gay pride parade any day of the week.

    And dressing up as Cher? Way to dispel the stereotype there dude.

  2. Nick Thiwerspoon
    October 31, 2011

    I wish I was there to see it. Alas — I’m too poor to travel halfway round the world. Still, my imagination can roam freely. And it will!!!

  3. Richard Rush
    October 31, 2011

    Timothy,

    So tonight I’m Cher. Half-Breed. Long hair, Indian headdress. My own skin.

    I plan on touching my tongue to my upper lip, tossing my hair, and giving my best Cher-ala-Jack “whoooah.”

    I eagerly await your posting of the video clip.

  4. Regan DuCasse
    November 1, 2011

    I forget the name of the performer, but a certain gay man has made a living from portraying a stereotypical black welfare queen (in black face) named Shirley Q. Liquor.

    He likes to think he’s paying homage) or that it’s just a joke and that other people should either lighten up or shut up.

    Interesting that you’d bring up insensitive or tasteless ethnic costuming, even for just this one day.

    There was an article in Salon about slutty costumes for women. As if this one day is supposed to bring out the sex bomb in every woman, who otherwise wouldn’t dare any other time of the year.
    So spot on about what’s appropriate for kids to be exposed to on this day.

    Personally, I’ve spent enough of my professional life playing dress up, that Halloween as a means of doing so for fun is anti climatic.
    The best Halloween season I had was in Massachusetts.

    Me and three friends took the T from Boston, out to Salem for the day and checked out the witch trial history. Spent hours at a 400 year old cemetery that posted manner of death along with the ages and birth and death dates of the dead.
    There was a custom house that had the most interesting manifests of the goods that were inventoried there, including black slaves.

    It’ll be Dia de los Muertos on Wednesday. Hmmm…

  5. Ray Harwick
    November 1, 2011

    I rotate my costumes. Even years: caveman; odd year: Jesse Helms.

    I know. Scary.

  6. Priya Lynn
    November 1, 2011

    “I plan on touching my tongue to my upper lip, tossing my hair, and giving my best Cher-ala-Jack “whoooah.”.

    I don’t get the reference, what is a “Cher-ala-Jack “whoooa””?

  7. Timothy Kincaid
    November 1, 2011

    Priya,

    On an episode of Will and Grace, Will’s best friend Jack is obsessed with Cher and mimics her trademark “whoaah” sound. He runs into Cher in a restaurant, thinks she’s a drag queen and corrects her pronunciation of the whoaah.

    By Cher-ala-Jack I meant that I’d try to copy the social myth of Cher rather than go for accuracy.

  8. Priya Lynn
    November 1, 2011

    Okay, thanks. I only saw a few episodes of Will and Grace.

  9. Neil
    November 1, 2011

    I reckon Whitney was the better choice, but I can see tiring it would be to pull off, all night long with the crazy crack lady act.

    With the Cher option, isn’t there a risk you’ll be lost in the crowd?

  10. Timothy Kincaid
    November 1, 2011

    tim,

    True, Halloween has grown around the world significantly in recent years and has gone from a purely children’s event to one enjoyed by all ages.

    But… most cities didn’t have half a million people show up.

    But what do I know, my electronic monitor goes off if I cross the border of WeHo and gives me a nasty zap. Oh to see the vast wide world outside of the gay ghetto. Oh to experience life like real people.

    But, alas, here I am trapped by my conformity to stereotypes, licking my lips saying “whooah”.

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