FOF #1013 – Stonewall Michael Jackson, Chicago (interview)

RIPsters - Michael Jackson, June 25, 2009
RIPster, June 25, 2009

On June 26th, 2009, I appeared on Feast of Fun, a Chicago-based LGBTQ comedy podcast.  On show #1013 – Stonewall Michael Jackson, I spoke with Fausto Ferños and Marc Felion about the demise of Michael Jackson and why eccentric public figures are hated and celebrated at the same time.

Show Notes:

What a week! Talk show co-host Ed McMahon, 70s sex symbol Farrah Fawcett and music icon Michael Jackson all passed away.

Yesterday to the shock of people everywhere, Michael Jackson the man who will always be known as the King of Pop, died of possible heart failure at the age of 50.

Michael Jackson leaves us with a legacy of great music, dance and an eccentric lifestyle. We’re joined on the phone by equally eccentric artist Marsian De Lellis whose body of work examines outlandish celebrity culture, and why people like Michael Jackson are hated and celebrated at the same time.

Listen as we take a look at what celebrities are saying about the music legend’s death. What did Michael Jackson share in common with New York socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein, besides a passion for extreme plastic surgery?

This week also commemorates the 40 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations in New York City that sparked the modern gay rights movement.

Will Michael Jackson’s death spark a new civil rights movement in the way that Judy Garland’s death did for gay people 40 years ago?

Queer Theorist Larry La Fountain joins us on the second half of the show, answering questions on why we don’t have a single gay civil rights leader, the Puertorican trans woman Sylvia Rivera who is credited with throwing the first bottle in the Stonewall riots and why Brazil is so gay. Their gay pride celebration in Sao Paulo drew three and a half million people to celebrate. It’s the biggest in the world.

The Feast of Fun podcast (formerly titled “Feast of Fools”) is a Chicago-based talk show hosted by Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion that showcases celebrity guests, artists, musicians, actors, and members of the LGBT community and those who support them. A typical program will include one or more of a number of features, including roundtable discussions, unusual news and social trends, LGBT issues, comedy, music, food and cocktail recipes, or interviews. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fausto Fernós created the Feast of Fools in 1998 as wacky artists variety show in Chicago, Illinois. Feast of Fun grew out of an audio blog to promote the live show