SlightspotsDecember 13, 2007
Last week’s cover of Chicago gay society rag Nightspots was promoting the cabaret show Geisha and Gaysha. The Windy City Times, parent company of Nightspots, issued this editors statement. Apparently, the editor(s) weren’t aware of the racism implicit in white people dressing up as an ethnicity other than their own until they received letters from outraged community members.
This is an issue usually discussed around Halloween but is equally relevant all year long. I don’t know why some white gay men feel that because they are homosexual, they can’t possibly be racist (or classist, sexist, etc.). Of course, white gay men aren’t the only ones guilty of this, it just seems to be more rampant among this particular group as of late. In an interview with Nightspots, Geisha and Gaysha creator Kyle Hustedt, says of his show:
[Costume designer Byron Batista] really gave the characters a hysterical personality. For instance: Suki’s opening wig has a bunch of sushi in it and Sakura’s has a take-out box spilled over with chow mien…the comedy!
Then had the chance to defend himself in a less-than satisfying artist’s statement. It’s clear he just doesn’t get it.