Hilarious Exhibition Re-Imagines Political Figures As Drag Queens
Dressing-up is fun. Dressing other people up is even better, particularly when you have creative control. Just ask anyone who’s ever draped their mum or dad’s 20 year-old hand-me-downs over a poor, unsuspecting younger sibling, whose resulting fashion faux-pas will forever be immortalised in the crine-worthy family album like a shamed mannequin being dragged through time. Dredging the photos up to show their prospective partners in years to come may be deliciously cruel, but it’s something we all have to endure, right?
So why should Vladimir Putin, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Kim Jong Un be any different? Well, thanks to mysterious pop-art painter Saint Hoax, now they can join in the fun too.
Part of the War Drags You Out project, Putin, Abdullah and Un have instead become Vladdy Pushin’, Queen Abby and Kimmy Jungle, the latest drag acts to grace the scene. Some would say it’s the ultimate humiliation for the misogynistic leaders of some of the world’s most oppressive regimes, but personally I think it’s the perfect opportunity for them to embrace their inner drag queens. Come to think of it, I haven’t given mine a cuddle in quite some time. Maybe it’s time to break out the heels.
Originating from a painting of Osama Bin Laden - dressed as alter-ego Ossie B in a portrait that motivated over 70 death threats - Saint Hoax has since digitised and animated his work for the internet masses to share over and over again.
"I perceived the idolised political/religious leaders as performers and, quite frankly, they’re no longer entertaining", he told the Huffington Post. “I want my artwork to become a constant reminder that the idolised leaders are merely performers in drag.”
Don’t expect these to be shared on sites in Russia, Saudi Arabia or North Korea. However, freedom of speech and expression are important for any democracy and maybe Saint Hoax’s message will hit our home-grown world leaders in the right spot. I expect Obama would see the funny side. He’d probably even get the political relevance. But if George W. Bush takes his makeover as a career recommendation, then I’m scared, frankly. The world just isn’t ready for a George Bushette cabaret spectacular quite yet.
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