american horror story: coven

Rolling Stone: American Horror Story’s Incest, Bestiality, and Camp…

Rolling Stone on American Horror Story’s Incest, Bestiality, and Camp…

When I posted about American Horror Story’s most recent episode last week, I failed to mention the camp factor this season. But someone pointed me toward this article in Rolling Stone, and RS didn’t miss a beat. In fact, the entire commentary is priceless.

On Jessica Lange and the camp factor:

I usually tell them something along the lines of, “Long stretches of fabulous camp punctuated by lurid horror.” Most of that luscious camp is provided by Jessica Lange, which is why I cannot conceive of her leaving the show.

Lange has helped make the show a cult classic before its time and it often rivals films like “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.” And I can’t help wondering if twenty years from now gay men of the future will be imitating Lange, verbatim.

On Incest:

While AHS’s horror tends to be violence-related, Coven conjured those moments in the most unexpected and unsettling ways. Like the incestuous Frankenstein abuse!

I just kept sitting there saying, “No, they aren’t going there. Tell me that didn’t just happen.”

And this part about bestiality just made me grab the arms of my chair:

Also, apparently she’s so desperate for love that she, well, she tries to lose her virginity to the Minotaur when he shows up to kill LaLaurie.
Yes, Queenie went out to the backyard to cruise a beast.

RS is being kind. There are some films where you remember exact scenes and for some reason they remain in your head forever. This scene, for me, will always be one of them. When Gabourey Sidibe, who plays Queenie, lifted her dress and shoved her fingers between her legs I knew I would never be the same again.

I still think that scene was out of character. I wanted to see Queenie show off her powers and tame the beast. I didn’t want to see her touch herself and bend over backwards.

The RS article goes into more detail about making babies witchcraft style, and discusses a scene where Lange kills off a character who is supposed to be the next “supreme.” And in the style of classic camp, heartless Lange tells the tongueless guy to remove the body from the living room because… “This coven doesn’t need a new Supreme. It needs a new rug.”

There’s not much taboo stuff left, so I wonder what’s next. They even covered rape in the first show. And forget about barely legal. The young women in the show are playing all underage characters.

In case you missed the link above, you can read the full article here.

Pink Pumpkins; Jessica Lange Pens Children’s Book

Pink Pumpkins

It’s that time of year again, and the Pink Pumpkin Foundation is selling pink pumpkins to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.

The foundation will oversee the donations, and ensure that the funds go directly to reputable organizations with the highest percentage of dollars spent on actual research. We aim to be transparent, with a board that volunteers its’ time, no paid employees and low administrative costs.

I posted about this last year at this time and couldn’t find any in my area. I’ll be looking again this year.

Jessica Lange Pens Children’s Book

I’ve posted about Lange before because of the new American Horror Story season that’s focusing on witches. (It’s a great season). And now Lange is getting ready to launch a new children’s book.

From the New York Times

Steve Geck, the Sourcebooks editorial manager, said in a telephone interview that the book tells the story of two young girls who visit their grandmother on “a ramshackle farm.” There, Mr. Geck said, “They come upon an old birdcage, and when they ask her about it, she tells them the story, how she grew up in France and had this bird as a pet and what it meant to her.” He added that the book “captures that moment in childhood where children realize there’s a world that exists beyond themselves, and there’s a history beyond themselves.”

I love Jessica Lange, and always have. But I have to say I find it interesting when someone who stars in an adult themed show for mature audiences only…the disclaimer at the beginning of each show is clearly made known…writes children’s books. And I’m only saying that because I write gay erotic romance, not because I’m making a judgmental comment. If I were to approach a publisher or agent about writing a children’s book I would not only have to change my name and identity, I would have to hide all previous book publications and hope and pray they were never revealed.

Interesting.

Maybe we’ll see a children’s book from E.L. James…Fifty Shades of Awesomeness (or something like that).