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Doonan: Let Drag Queens Fix Oil Spill

Doonan: Let Drag Queens Fix Oil Spill


While some scientists think a nuclear explosion could stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Daily Beastcontributor Simon Doonan suggests that a "fabulous black drag queen" like the late Dorian Corey (pictured) should have a shot at fixing the disaster.

Doonan takes inspiration from Paris Is Burning, the classic film about Corey and other Harlem drag queens.

"This year marks the 20th anniversary of Jenny Livingston's Harlem drag queen homage, Paris Is Burning, the seminal documentary which infused our lives with Vogue-ing, fierce-ness, realness, throwing shade and triple snapping thereby introducing the world, Madonna included, to one of the freakiest, richest subcultures on Earth, the Harlem Vogue-ing Balls. This is also the movie which introduced us all to the wise-est, dead-est, cool-est black drag-queen on the planet: Dorian Corey.

"What would Dorian have made of all the dumb rich white guys in suits over at BP and their flailing efforts to plug that gaping hole?"

Corey succumbed to AIDS in 1993, but her fierce legacy lives on. Read what Doonan has to say about it at the Daily Beast.

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