I have complex feelings about Rocky Horror. I love the movie, and my history with it was largely empowering as a queer, not-entirely-masculine young person.
I recently read an article critiquing the fact that the fandom seems to have become a place to make gay jokes — ie, it’s a queer film, but the fandom is largely straight, “goofing” at being gender non-conforming for a laugh.
Not everywhere, obviously, not everyone, but it is a trend I have seen.
Because the audience has permission to do callbacks and shout-ats, it also allows some terrible jokes. We always used to call ourselves “equal opportunity insulters,” but we never picked on the underdogs. We were more like court jesters, mocking the rulers.
But increasingly, I am seeing some downright homophobic, misogynist, racist bullshit becoming increasingly the norm in the audience and the cast. I don’t like it. It’s not the spirit of the film, it’s not the spirit of the community that grew up around the lifesaver that it had become.
I fell in love with Rocky Horror because it was a movie and a community and a subculture I felt was open, accepting and inviting for me and people like me, who didn’t really fit in Out There. But now I feel re-marginalized. And if I call anyone out on it, I am told I have no sense of humor, it’s just a joke, I don’t really “get it” if I am being so uptight.
Dammit, I’ve been part of Rocky Horror since 1987. Before a lot of the current fans were born. I “get it,” thank you very much.
Where I saw freedom to exist, you saw freedom to make shitty jokes that are “politically incorrect” (oh, how I loathe that phrase).
Oh, well. Things are better, overall.
But it still hurts that my extended family uses me as a joke now. It may be a while before I go back again.
Where are all the queers that have, over the years, stopped going, I wonder? Is there another subcultural phenomenon that they’ve been flocking to while I was stocking up on cheap fishnets and black lipstick and nail polish?
Shock Treatment (1981) — Not a sequel, not a prequel, but an EQUAL.
A lot of Rocky fans hated it. I love it at least as much as Rocky Horror.
Tonight, my unconventional conventionists: Frank, Riff, Columbia, Magenta, and all the other Transvestites from Transsexual, Transylvania. The “Coolio” conventionist is mostly hidden, alas. I think my favorites are the haughty blond on the left, and “Squiggy” in the red lapels next to her.
Man, to have been in the casting call for extras for this film!
*note: I am avoiding the common fan term for these characters, as it is now understood to be a trans-shaming slur. On imdb and the end credits they are listed as “Transylvanians.”
It was 40 years ago today. A little rock n’ roll musical written by out-of-work actor, Richard O’Brien, premiered at the 63-seat theatre, The Royal Court Theatre upstairs. Young actors Tim Curry, Julie Covington, Chris Malcom, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Rayner Bourton, Nell Campbell & Paddy O’Hagan made up the original cast. 15 months later, filming began for the film version of the hit musical which would become the longest running theatrical release of all time and the greatest and most well known cult film in history.
Can we get this to 1973 notes?
Happy birthday, Rocky!
On the 16th of June 1973 The Rocky Horror Show began previews in the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London. They held their official, thunder ridden, opening night on the 19th of June 1973.
2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of this incredible production and I want to share some Frankie love here on Tumblr in a tribute to ‘the man who began it’ - Dammit. Well one of them. The one who stormed that stage forty years ago with such style and perfection that we’re sitting here forty years later, still talking about that tiny little production which by rights should have disappeared into the zeitgeist after the originally intended three week run.
So, Tumblr, can we get 4711 notes by 19th June?
If we do it.
I will post a rare - never before seen - photo from the original Theatre Upstairs production.
Well. How nice.
Dr. Frank-N-Furter: It’s not easy having a good time! Even smiling makes my face ache!
"Don’t Dream it. Be it." Not bad advice, actually.
Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.