"He'll look real cute in the oval office" - Over heard at White Souse dinner.---
February 28, 2007
Frameshop: Giuliani the Transvestite
Of the words to describe the campaign of Rudy Giuliani, transvestite may be the most accurate. The video from 2000--which shows Donald Trump thrusting his face into Rudy's deftly sported novelty breasts--may be the first thing that comes to mind. But Giuliani's fetish for frocks is more of a one-liner than what really makes him a cross-dresser.
The issue in the video is not the morality of dressing as the opposite sex, but the authenticity of Giuliani's rebirth as a socially conservative, authoritarian Republican. If a Republican candidate for president dresses up as Dame Edna--either for entertainment or just for relaxation--nobody should judge him for it. But if that same candidate "dresses up" as a supporter of any group that advocates violence against homosexuals--that is cause enough for judgment and alarm.
Comfortable With Gender Bending
What we see in the video of Rudy and Donald is more than a mayor who lives the spotlight. Rudy's performance bears all the marks of a man who feels liberated by the radical act of public gender transgression.