Apparently Carnival Cruise Lines is Run by the Same Republicans Who Tried to Rationalize Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock

Part of me hates having to write about this at all – much less again – given that, usually, when “drag” pops up in LGBT discourse it is being used to smother trans people via use of some token drag presence to ‘prove’ T-inclusiveness.  The idea of any cruise make me nauseous – but not from seasickness; and the idea of a cruise featuring 30 or so of the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race makes me want to go back in time and allow Torquemada to have his way with me.

I look so good flayed and in boiling oil, after all – call it Gangcatholic Style (apologies to PSY.)

Of course, the spectacle of The John seeming to give a damn about whether or not gay men in drag are covered by the trans-inclusion language of gay rights laws is well….

making 2007 roll over in its grave (which, I think, might be located somewhere in Oz.)

I, however, am posting again because of this – from Daily Kos:

That drag on the “Drag Stars At Sea” cruise was banned for everyone but performers on stage was late-breaking news to cruise-goers and came as quite a surprise to many. The travel agency who collaborated with Carnival on marketing this cruise, Al and Chuck Travel, who seem to be a major sponsor of the reality show Rupaul’s Drag Race, tried some damage control on their Facebook page, saying it wasn’t discriminatory toward drag, merely all “costumes” gay and straight.

Carnival was however comfortable hosting an elaborate Halloween costume contest on previous cruise among a handful of other examples drag travelers found.

The agency’s response included this strange declaration:

Finally, Drag Stars At Sea is a cruise venue for you to meet the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. Just as you would not go in costume (other than on Halloween) to a club to see them perform, neither should you on the GLORY.

This is why I suspect a connection to the 2012 Republican senatorial campaign efforts – not the de rigueur racism, generalized misogyny and overt embrace of rape, but the overall disconnect from anything remotely connected to reality.

I can’t stand bars – and, yes, that includes drag bars.

However, I actually have been inside a few.  And, though its probably been at least 5 or 6 years since I’ve set foot in one for any reason, I suspect that nothing has really changed about bars in general ordrag bars specifically during that time.

So, I’ll repeat: I actually have been inside a few – which would appear to be something that whoever wrote that publicity disaster can not say.  As the author of the DKos piece remarks:

I don’t know what his perspective is, but from my perspective, lots of people feel moved to dress in drag to go see a drag performance.

Alas, however, it gets better (or, perhaps, worse from Carnival’s position.)  From the comments:

Just as you would not go in costume (other than on Halloween) to a club to see them perform, neither should you on the GLORY.

No one would EVER do that!

Except Star Wars fans…and people lining up around the block for any one of the Marvel Comics-based films…and little girls at Disney Princess shows…and folks attending screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (some of them – gasp – in drag!)

I sense a stinging inclusion-rejoinder coming from Trekkies and Whovians, but I digress….

I recall seeing a documentary about Rocky Horror some years back – possibly on its 25th anniversary – and part of it was filmed at either a screening of the movie or some special gettogether to mark the anniversary (I have no idea if there are Rocky Horror-specific conventions or not.)  Tim Curry walked onstage – wearing a very nice three-piece suit, looking as thoroughly male as he’s ever looked or ever could look.  He looks out at the crowd and remarks, “My god! I’m the only one here who’s not dressed like me!”

I might be off by a word or two on the quote, but you get the idea…

unless you’re as clueless as the Carnival folks.

Right now, I’m wondering if any of the bloviating (however justified it may be; keep in mind that a significnt amount of the anger over this is because Carnival decided to announce its City of Houston Ordinance No. 28-42.4-esque policy after many, many people had booked and paid for the cruise) will lead anyone who might be in a position to do so send a crew of trans women onto the cruise – people in various stages of transition, from beginning crossdresser to fully-transitioned – to announce their status (along with whatever sorts of legal identification their states of residence might saddle them with; I’m sure someone from Ohio or Tennessee could be located) and demand to know the applicability of the policy to them.

I have the utmost confidence that HRC will put one of its many attorneys who are trans women on that right away…

or not.


How Many of the People Now Complaining About a Drag Cruise that Bans Drag Have Ever Said Anything About So-Called LGB(T) Organizations that Effectively Ban Trans People from Being Their Employees?

From The John:

Multiple passengers, who say they have tickets for Carnival Cruises’ upcoming “Drag Stars at Sea” cruise, say Carnival sent them an email informing them that passengers will be banned form dressing in drag on the drag cruise, under penalty of being kicked of the cruise.

Carnival attracts a number of families with children and for this reason; we strive to present a family friendly atmosphere. It is important to us that all guests are comfortable with every aspect of the cruise. Although we realize this group consists solely of adults, we nonetheless expect all guests to recognize that minors are onboard and, refrain from engaging in inappropriate conduct in public areas.

Arrangements have been made for drag performances in the main theater featuring stars from LOGO TV. These functions will be private and only the performers are permitted to dress in drag while in the theater. Guests are not allowed to dress in drag for the performances or in public areas at any time during the cruise.

From a comment thereto:

Will they be strictly enforcing gender roles and stereotypes throughout the cruise? I hope that no man walks on deck in flip flops and that all women are appropriately clothed in skirts and blouses or dresses. Males with earrings? Surely they cannot be seen in public. What about a woman with a masculine looking cap/hat?

Again from Carnival (though it just as easily could have come from a notice about any HRC money-vortex event from its days of having not even a pathetic token trans employee):

Now that we’ve taken care of business…let the FUN begin!


Let the amnesia begin!!!!!!!!!!!

Pic of the Day: Nov. 25, 2012 (Special ‘Soon-to-be-Dead Stadiums’ Edition)

Robertson Stadium (formerly Jeppesen Stadium – as well as a few other names), on the campus of the University of Houston…

for the time being anyway.

Photo taken Dec. 28, 2011 (prior to a basketball game at neighboring Hofheinz Pavilion.)

Pic of the Day: Nov. 24, 2012 (Special ‘It Looks Disturbed To Me’ Edition)

Somewhere in Indiana, June 20, 2012.

Facts Have a Pro-99% Bias

So is it any wonder why Mitt the Flip and his handlers had a problem with fact-checkers?

Only THREE PERCENT of the very rich are entrepreneurs.

According to both Marketwatch and economist Edward Wolff, over 90 percent of the assets owned by millionaires are held in a combination of low-risk investments (bonds and cash), personal business accounts, the stock market, and real estate. Only 3.6 percent of taxpayers in the top .1% were classified as entrepreneurs based on 2004 tax returns.

I didn’t think so.


That Sound You Hear is Chris Carter of The X-Files Saying, “Doh! I Wish I’d Thought of This Instead of the Plot for that Redneck-Incest Episode from 1996”

From Reuters:

A woman in Sweden has been charged with engaging in sexual activities with a human skeleton and could face jail time for disturbing the peace of the dead, a Swedish prosecutor said.

Police found a full human skeleton, skulls and a box containing other human bones by chance after responding to a call saying a shot had been fired from her flat in the city of Gothenburg.

They also discovered CD-ROMs titled “my necrophilia” and “my first experience”, and photographs of the woman engaging in various sexual activities with a skeleton, a court document on the prosecutor’s website showed.

Countdown to the radphlegms finding some way to blame this on trans women in 3…2…1….

Pic of the Day: Nov. 24, 2012 (Special ‘One of These Guys Will Be Back Next Year, One Will Not, and That’s a Good Thing’ Edition)

Again from the Iowa-Nebraska Game of yesterday: James Vandenberg (QB 16) is done and Mark Wiseman (RB 45 – and rhymes with Heisman) is not.

I know nothing about Vandenberg as a person; I’ll presume he’s a good kid – but as a Big 10 QB it just wasn’t his day (or year, or two years.)  As for Wiseman, we can hope that the ‘rhymes with Heisman’ thing bears out – if nor no other reason than the mere possibility that they will stop playing the same excerpt from Nile Kinnick’s 1939 Heisman acceptance speech prior to every Iowa home game (yes, the kid died in WWII – the only Heisman winner to die in military service – and is Iowa’s only Heisman winner thus far, but the clip is getting old and, as out of context as it is, really comes off as being more of a jab at France than an acceptance of the Heisman Trophy.)


I will simply say nothing about the Nebraska mascot with the cowboy hat.