Celebrating Weird

I walked home for lunch the other day and stood at the big picture windows in our apartment, looking out into the park blocks as I ate my peanut butter & jelly sandwich. Sitting on the park benches, I saw a couple of flamboyantly dressed women, outfitted with sequins and feathers and ruffles (oh my!). Now, as the bumper stickers suggest, sights like this are not uncommon in Portland. So I didn’t think much of it.

That is, until I left the building to walk back to work and saw the aforementioned ladies (who turned out to be drag queens, unsurprisingly) in a group of other people filming what I later found out was a music video for this song. The group included a heavily-tattooed woman wearing a string bikini, another woman wearing a bear costume, someone in a superhero costume, and a juggler. (For a few photos, check out Byron Beck’s blog post here).

The group was dancing behind the lead singer, who I didn’t recognize at the time, but later found out was none other than the locally and nationally famous Storm Large. As soon as I heard her belt the chorus line, “Myyyy vagina is eight miles wide… Absolutely everyone can come inside.” I began giggling. I was not the only person watching, but I seemed to be the only one who couldn’t contain herself. I continued to laugh as I walked the seven blocks back to my office, where I immediately told my coworkers about what I saw. As you can imagine, hilarity ensued.

I can’t wait to see the finished product. According to Storm’s website, the video will probably debut sometime this month. I promise to keep you updated.


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