That's the title of one of my favourite songs. The most lethal, the most essential thing is to hear your own voice. Also, keeping up with the idea of writing as catharsis, this one blog is dedicated all to myself. More solipsism would be hard to find. And I like it like that. Oh, and this is a queer (and self-proclaimed 'ADULT') blog so go ahead, make your day... mine is done.
One of the things the muggles don't understand about us wizards is how difficult it is sometimes to grow up being the only wizard in town. Oh, did I say wizard? Sorry: weirdo. I meant weirdo. While watching Charity Kase tell us her story, I heard her. Even though I do not come from a tiny town or was the only gay in town, I can relate to her story. It's always heartbreaking to listen to someone tell how small minds and small worlds tend to try and crush anybody who does not conform.
I think that more than just Drag, Charity does performance art. Yes, the feminine is there, the campiness, the fun, too. But I think that as many other 'spooky queens', Charity Kase makes us think about ourselves more than about gender or queerness. And that's good, in my book. Drag is sometimes a mirror the performer raises in front of her audience. And that make up!
Her story is also touching because she was literally the victim of sexual assault at a very young age. And on top of that, she discovered she was HIV+ because of it not long after. She's also talking about being HIV+ and not letting the stigma of being positive hinder her prospects. Talk about overcoming trauma through the healing power of Drag. It makes her Drag so much more understandable and cathartic, really.
Charity Kase was also on Drag Race UK and I was convinced she was going to make it to top four. Spoiler alert: she did not make it to the top. But as I've said, Ru girls do not need to really win the competition to get a boost: she has more than two hundred thousand followers and many more will probably follow. It's the magic touch reality TV bestows on performers. When Ru chooses a girl to be in the contest, her life is most probably going to change radically. This is probably just the beginning for her.
Good luck, Charity!
P.S. here's her Insta, in case you wanna follow her there. She's quite the conceptual artist. And quite unique: