Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wednesday Wickedness - Oh Boy, George!
Welcome to the always fascinating meme sponsored by Wednesday Wickedness. Each week, Janera posts quotes from a well-known celebrity, and then poses questions to the reader following the quotes. This week's meme posts quotes from singer and celebrity, Boy George. George was already "out" before "coming out" became a common phrase. His creativity and courage to express some of his deepest thoughts are both controversial and entertaining. He lives his life differently than most, but he has made a very unique musical contribution which, I think, has encouraged many young people to follow their dreams.
That said....here we go!
1. “I can do anything. In GQ, I appeared as a man.” What have you done that really surprised people?
Every time I open my mouth, I surprise someone! Sometimes, I sound like a man...usually first thing in the morning! Actually, I have helped my kids lose their hiccups by suddenly screaming at them...anywhere and anytime!
2. “I suppose there is a lot of toughness in me.” What was the last thing that happened that showed you how tough you are?
Someone once called me "strawberry freckle face." It was all I could do not to take them out. I was ten years old.
3. “I try to exist in a world where there is freedom of opinion, where you're allowed to make jokes. I don't want to live in some PC world where no-one's allowed to say anything.” What do you think about being PC (politically correct)?
I work for an organization where political correctness is highly regarded out of fairness for all individuals involved. Honestly, I think most of it is crap! I have to stop and think about "proper responses" every time I open my mouth. It is just too much work for my limited supply of brain cells.
4. “I find it difficult to say this, but I'm quite a loving person and I've always been loving to my friends. In the long run, that pays off. I'm very interested in other people, and if you are, they're interested in you.” Do you have an easy time making friends?
I make friends easily; it's keeping friends that is difficult for me. I suppose it is a result of not being politically correct when expressing myself.
5. “Remember that I was out of the closet at the age of sixteen. My parents knew I was gay; I`d had to tell them.” At what age and situation were you in when you “came out”, in the sense of true honesty, with your parents?
After living together with my (then boyfriend-now spouse of 34 years) ball-and-chain significant other, I finally came clean about the arrangement with my parents. The "coming out" devastated my dad but he got over it three months later when we made it legal.
6. “People say things about me all the time and I get over it. I`ve had some appalling things told about me.” What is the worst lie that was told about you that you felt compelled to respond to?
When I was in high school, we had an authentic covered wagon located in a grassy area of the school. One weekend, it was destroyed by fire started by students who I knew. Those involved were all suspended from school. Someone started a rumor that I had turned them in. It was not true, and I protested being accused, but I had no way of proving that it wasn't me. I suppose if I had been more politically correct, I may have avoided having the finger pointed at me...
7. “I'd rather have a cup of tea than sex.” Are there a lot of things more important than sex to you?
Well, there are certainly things more important than sex, or a cup of tea, although I think it would be interesting to have a cup of tea with George. I think I would rather stick pins in my eyes than have sex. When one is a large woman, there is a lot of hard work involved, and to be honest, I'm just not up for it.
8. “I knew style and content went hand in hand.” What celebrity do you find that their sense of style speaks to you?
Sorry, George, your sense of style just doesn't talk to me. (Did I say that with political correctness?) I hate wearing hats because they make my hair flat and suffocate my head, thereby giving me one heck of a headache!
9. “In the '60s everybody wanted to be the Beatles or the Stones, in the '70s there were bands everybody tried to emulate, like Led Zeppelin. And I think in the '80s you had lots of bands that had quite individual sounds, ... '80s Rewind.” What do you think about today's music? How does it compare to what you consider YOUR day?
In my day, when dinos and sabres roamed, most of the music was danceable. I can't dance to some of the genre of today. I really miss the 20 minute drum solos, too!
10. “Most psychiatrists or analysts are a waste of time.” What do you think about shrinks and psychologists?
Bite your tongue, George. Without therapists, most of us would have eaten our young by now. You could have been one of those youngs. Besides, where would we get our "happy" pills? Do you think some general practitioner cares whether or not our coping skills are in good shape? I think not. "Just pay the lady at the front desk, please" can mean the difference of living in hell on earth, or making chocolate chip cookies with the kids! We need them...some of us more desperately than others.
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