The Tony-winning musical “Kinky Boots,” currently running on Broadway, has received both critical and popular acclaim as a progressive show, featuring a gender-nonconforming character and promoting acceptance of gender-nonconforming characters. However, the musical only engages with bigotry on a superficial level and fails to address the main character’s ingrained prejudices in a meaningful way.The story centers around a cisgender man, Charlie Price, who forms a business partnership with Lola the drag queen in a last-ditch attempt to save his family’s shoe factory. Together, Charlie and Lola manufacture a line of boots which combines the flashy designs typically marketed to cisgender women with heels strong enough to support the build of transgender women.For most of the show, Charlie comes across as ignorant but not ill-intentioned. He clearly does not understand cross-dressing, referring to drag queens as “trans-vet-erans” immediately after having … [Read more...] about Oversimplified Bigotry in ‘Kinky Boots’ Musical
A look at what is a caravan and how many people are in it as immigration laws are a hot topic. If you were born in the 1980s or 1990s, you probably rode around in a Dodge Caravan. Seriously, the thing was as popular as Pee Wee Herman back then. The caravan in the news this week is quite different, however, as a caravan of thousands of Latin American migrants are moving their way through Mexico. President Donald Trump tried to rile up his base this week by dropping hints that the migrant caravan is on its way to the United States, saying that America’s immigration laws are horrendous and warning that “many criminals” were about to enter the United States. In actuality, the slow moving mass of people are still more than 1,000 miles from the United States border. That’s basically as far as Washington, D.C. to Miami. In other words, it takes a hell of a long time to walk that far. “Sadly it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are … [Read more...] about What is a caravan and how many people are in it?
The freakiest of the freaks won’t be at haunted houses, in Sleepy Hollow or hunting for ghosts on Halloween night. Come Oct. 31, the Village Halloween Parade is where thousands of fun-loving ghouls come to turn the streets of Soho into the world’s biggest runway to show off their finest costumes. It’s not an exaggeration that even among the amazing events taking place all over the city, the Village Halloween Parade is the best Halloween party in NYC. Why? Because it’s totally free to participate for anyone wearing a costume, accessible to anyone whether you’re in a stroller or wheelchair, and open to the public to cheer them on. I walked the parade in 2017 and had the most fun since I grew out of trick-or-treating. Here’s everything you need to know about the Village Halloween Parade 2018. When and where is the Village Halloween Parade 2018? Whether or not it’s a school night, the Village Halloween Parade always takes place … [Read more...] about Village Halloween Parade 2018: Everything you need to know
Millennials are blamed for a handful (read: avalanche) of things. The demise of department stores — also, as it turns out, Hooters. Ruining brunch. Taking over the internet and disrupting the 9:00 to 5:00 workflow with their work-from-home ways. Somehow doing both too much and too little on the political front. But, when it comes to haunted home sales, millennials would make those numbers soar. The Realtor.com 2018 Haunted Real Estate Report, based on responses from 1,067 online surveys, found that one in three people are willing to purchase a haunted house if they can get a deal out of it. This holds true especially for millennials. "If a house is commensurately priced, or has desirable features, the fact that it may be haunted seems to matter less," chief economist for Realtor.com Danielle Hale, said in a statement. "This report shows that, for those looking for a good deal, a lower price, better neighborhood or larger kitchen can balance out a few spooky … [Read more...] about There’s one thing millennials aren’t ruining: haunted houses
Things have come full circle for the American League Championship Series MVP. There was a time when the decision Red Sox manager Alex Cora is going to have to make about his outfield when Boston travels to Dodger Stadium for as many as three World Series games an easy one. With no designated hitter in National League parks, and J.D. Martinez’s bat a no-brainer to keep in the lineup and play the outfield defensively, Jackie Bradley Jr. would be the odd man out. Despite having one of the best gloves in centerfield in baseball, JBJ’s struggles at the plate are well documented. Bradley’s had hot months here and there throughout his career, but has never found the type of consistency once believed to be obtainable. That narrative at least slightly changed here in 2018, highlighted by his postseason production. JBJ entered the All-Star break with a batting average of just .210, never hitting better than .213 in any … [Read more...] about Red Sox confident Jackie Bradley Jr can have another monster series