Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Man on Top of the World: Q&A #13

Is Izzy based off of David Bowie?

- Chaz Martin

Oh yes - circa his The Man Who Fell To Earth era with that hair, especially, hehe!

But of course we're talking about Izzy channeling David Bowie, in look, style, aesthetic, aura, and sex appeal. Being that Izzy is transfemme and essentially bi-gender, he also channels others like:

Candy Darling

Marilyn Monroe / Norma Jeane Baker

Louise Brooks

And many, many others, because as y'all readers know, Izzy is a man of many characters!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Crying In The Rain: Rest In Peace, Debbie Reynolds

Tragic. Unbelievably tragic.

Just like that, within just 48 hours, two generations of amazing women are gone, just like that. And I think it's pretty safe to say that Debbie Reynolds died from a broken heart, to lose her baby girl.

It's a cold and yet warm feeling to imagine that at least mother and daughter are together again. But the daughter that's left lose your mother AND your grandmother within a day apart, poor Billie Lourd. Nobody should ever have to go through this kind of pain.

My heart goes out to all three of them.

Rest In Peace, Carrie and Debbie, and long live the memories and the legacy that they left behind.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

On Grief Shaming, and RIP Carrie Fisher

Now we lost our beloved Carrie Fisher.

We've lost so many legends all in one and the same year, and people wonder why people are blaming it on 2016?

No, it has nothing to do with literally blaming a time or year. We're losing cultural icons way too fast, way too young, too quickly, and too tragically within days, weeks, and months apart in the same year, and the only way many can cope with it is by simply saying "Fuck 2016." Not literally blaming 2016, it's not that literal. It's simply acknowledging that this is the year where truly there's heartbreak after the next, one loss after another, and it all so happened to take place in 2016, and in such a very strange and sad way.

RIP, Carrie. The Force will always be with you, and you will always be with us.

Nobody has been personally bullying me, but I'm seeing this aplenty on social media, on this thing that's become a thing now: grief shaming.

 I can imagine you have many friends that are critical of people mourning over celebrity deaths. To each their own, of course, but please, don't let any of them invalidate your natural human response to mourn. It's not only the celebrity we're mourning for, it's the end of an era, a piece of our childhood, and a huge chunk of pop culture that is now gone. And heck yeah that's worth crying for, we're allowed to cry, and celebrate, and remember, and love, at the same time, for such a loss.
We're crying for you now Carrie Fisher, and we will celebrate, remember, and love you, for as long as we want and need to, because dammit, you deserve it.

Again, I'll say it again: NOBODY is LITERALLY blaming 2016 for the losses. But we will keep on saying it until and maybe even long after it's over: Fuck you, 2016.

I don't know why or since when grief shaming has been a thing, but seriously: mourning for a celebrity does NOT mean that we don't care about the death of ordinary people, there's no universal law or rule out there that says you can only mourn for people you know personally, and last time I checked, who one personally mourns for doesn't hurt anyone. Being annoyed by the general population mourning is one thing, but grief shaming is petty, period.

To anyone who is being guilt shamed: don't. You can mourn for whoever you like or want to, for as long as you want or need to. Our human nature to mourn is only a thing of beauty, care, and love, and that's worth giving into even in times when others may not tap into that as much as many others.  It's not about them. It's only about you and the one(s) you're mourning for and celebrating. Whether you know the person or not, the celebrity or not, grieving is love, and love is still love, even in this case.


Monday, December 26, 2016

2016: The Year of Endless Heartbreak: RIP George Michael

When I first heard the news that George Michael passed away on Christmas Day, I was shocked.

This was more than a man, more than just an artist, but George Michael was a gay icon who essentially made a soundtrack around his sexuality through his amazing music, beautiful voice, and his huge talent, and it's because of that why we'll never forget him, eternally thank him, and always love him. Thank you George Michael for never letting us down and making us believe in the power of faith. And freedom!

As if it wasn't already heartbreaking enough that we lost David Bowie and Prince, but now George Michael too? Seriously. I don't think I'll ever get over how we lost David Bowie, Prince, AND George Michael in one and the same year. So fucking surreal. And we lost these three so quick, so suddenly, and so cruelly.  2016 is in more ways than one truly the year of endless heartbreak.

 In times of so many celebrity deaths, here we'll go again and again with many trying to criticize why we mourn for celebrities/icons in the first place. We can mourn for our heroes for as long as we want to; there's no right way of doing it, there's no deadline for when it should end, there's no "normal" time span for it. It only means we're holding them closer now than ever before when they were on this Earth, sharing their beautiful gifts with us. From with us to no longer, we will always love them.

As long as we'll always have music, we'll always have freedom and faith.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Kicking Off 2017 With...

My first-ever magazine publication, and it's with the fabulous and inventive Bonk! Magazine!

More details to come soon: stay tuned!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Man on Top of the World: Q&A #12

If Izzy and the Diamonds were American, how do you think the story would differ?

- Tanezia McAdams

I don't think the story itself would have been different, but the context of it would change drastically because the 1970's glam rock era originated in the United Kingdom. The outrageous costumes, androgyny, gender playing, makeup, hairstyles, and attitudes of the glam rock scene didn't cross over well in America. David Bowie, as well as many others like Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Sweet, and Roxy Music, to name a few, made glam rock well known, popular, and fashionable, and so did American glam rock artists like Alice Cooper, New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Jobriath. These artists were a hit, and may have crossed over well in the states, but the genre itself was not necessarily as hip and happening in the USA. The American glam rock artists had to scale back on the androgyny, fashion, etc. to please an American audience, or they fell into obscurity too quickly because the glam rock aesthetic was too avant-garde for America. Glam rock not only wasn't that marketable in America, but it was offensive, panned, and criticized. If Izzy and the Diamonds were American, they'd indeed be more excited to tour in Europe than at home, because it's in Europe where they'd be accepted, applauded, and marketable, and they would be way more popular there than at home! Whereas at home they may have had to scale back on their fashion, makeup, etc., as soon as they'd make it to Europe, they would go crazy, like they already do now as they are, as Brits, hehehe.

Part 1 of this David Bowie documentary, Hang On To Yourself, gives more insight into what I'm talking about, furthermore showing how glam rock wasn't only a genre of music, but of a culture :).

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Man on Top of the World: Q&A #11

Had the story taken place in modern times, what genre of music would Izzy have played? How would this affect his relationship with Jon. In general, how do you think the story would have gone in a modern setting?

- Tanezia McAdams

Very good question! I honestly find it hard to believe that Izzy would be Izzy if it weren't for when he arrived at the time and era that was destined to him. The 1970's and glam rock was where and when artists could freely invent their own kind of music and their image too, and with such abandon. No other era and genre of music was quite like that, where it was so much about freedom and experimentation, so respected and applauded. If Izzy existed in let's say the 90's, he wouldn't stray too far from rock and roll. He'd be a pop-rock artist, with more leanings towards the pop sound. He'd have to be even more so in the closet, like he couldn't even flirtatiously hint that he was bisexual, he'd present as strictly straight, and musically, he'd be too risky, too cheesy, and probably not cool, not with his aesthetic and style. If anything, he'd just be a flash in the pan, and would be drowned out by the boy bands and girl bands. And let's say if he did exist in this modern context, this would even more so affect his relationship with Jon, where they'd both have to present as so straight, and they certainly also couldn't have played with androgyny either, no glam makeup, no glam fashion even. Essentially, everything that made them who they are on and offstage wouldn't exist if they lived in another time and place. Their ambitions, hopes, wants, and dreams would also change tremendously, or if not change, it would just be wishful thinking, like a pipe dream. Chances are, and most likely and most saddest of all, he'd probably end up with somebody else, and it wouldn't be with Jon.