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Anybody who loves Amanda Fucking Palmer, like me and a thousand other people I can think of, should read this post, by [livejournal.com profile] ishyface, on the matter of Evelyn Evelyn, and why the project is NOT OK.

It makes me sad that somebody I idolise on the basis of her previous actions, which have led me to conclude that she stands up for her beliefs, challenges the stupid/ignorant/sexist/mainstream bullshit around her, and fights for the minority, would turn around and be a douchebag at the drop of a hat. She won't even acknowledge her critics*.

Guh. I don't even know where to start with this. The fact that she's portraying the whole thing as real, when it so obviously *isn't*, makes me squirm because it's so blatantly, sickeningly sensationalist. I thought she was above that, tbph.

I guess, the unintentional bright side of this whole saga is that it's made me sharply aware of the whole concept of ableist privilege. I did some reading over at disabledfeminists.com, which cued me in to a whole host of things about which I'd previously been unaware. Judging, however, by the fawning comments on Amanda's blog, not everybody has cottoned on.

This current disaster doesn't take away from her previous demonstrations of awesomeness, like the re-belly-on, but it sure has taken the shine off. Fail, Amanda. Fail.

Dear 2010,
quit it already.
No love,

[*ETA: Jason Webley has responded, and amongst other things says that Amanda will respond when she is able to. At least they have now acknowledged that people are upset, and that they didn't set out to offend anybody.]

Date: 18/2/10 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mawaridi.livejournal.com
Not only has she refused (so far) to acknowledge her critics, she has outright insulted them ("pain is inevitable. suffering is optional") and blocked at least one fan from her Twitter account because said fan challenged her :( It's all rather disappointing. I do think the Evelyn Evelyn project was devised with non-malicious intent (which doesn't make it okay, just...not malicious) and I thought Jason Webley's blog post showed at least an intention to engage with disabled feminists and try to learn about why the project is in bad taste and offensive, which is good. But Amanda has been pretty nasty and defensive so far and it seems like the more she says on the subject the more wanky and self-absorbed she appears.

I am not a die-hard Amanda Palmer fan but I like her music and I have always thought of her as a subversive, feminist, political sort of performer, not a self-absorbed wanker. It's a bit disillusioning, to say the least.

Date: 18/2/10 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] why-am-i.livejournal.com
Yes, this.

Date: 18/2/10 10:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baroquestar.livejournal.com
Thanks Kat, I'm feeling much the same. Deeply unhappy someone I really admired and fangirled, who turned into butthurt sulkyface the minute she gets called on a bad mistake and privilege.

Date: 19/2/10 05:55 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dzurlady.livejournal.com
It was her tweet about putting disabled feminists to the periphery that was the sad cherry on top of a cake of fail for me. :( (I'm glad now I couldn't make it to her Melbourne show and thus did not buy a ticket for it.)
Edited Date: 19/2/10 05:55 am (UTC)


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