If we are all outrageously lucky, this will be very worst thing to have transpired at City Hall between the hours of 10:00 and 12:00 on Tuesday, June 12. But I sort of feel like we've been had.
A few quotes stand out:
"The reason I prefer transgressional [sic] art is because it's the kind of art I like to watch."
[Dowd] was, he says, unaware of the complaints about Needles until the day the proclamation was issued.
On the other hand, when asked afterward if she were trying to use her performances to discuss specific issues, she said flatly, "No. That's not my problem. I'm an artist and I don't [redacted] have to answer for my work." (C-P, Lauren Daley)
Can anyone locate evidence that Ms. Needles has labored in some way to counteract bullying or stereotyping? Or is the extent of her contribution that she has "put herself out there" and been recognized on reality television?
On the flip side of the coin: there is now NO WAY we can justify continuing to refuse Wiz Khalifa civic honors. He has won a Billboard Music Award and an AMA, been nominated for multiple Grammys, notched a number 1 hit single and a number 2 album, and almost every one of his videos does honor to our City and its beloved sports teams. His latest album is named for one of our best public high schools. What does he have to do next, freestyle about the Promise?
After all -- what we do with proclamations is honor the good work people do. It doesn't mean we support everything Wiz Khalifa does. To continue ignoring him would be horribly racist, don't you think?