Lesbian Feminist Comedian Jessica Halem on Ellen DeGeneres as Pathbreaker
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Listening to "All Things Considered" last night while driving in the car, Moon and I were delighted to hear Vp friend and all around funny queer femme girl Jessica Halem speak passionately and articulately about the role Ellen DeGeneres has played in our LGBT cultural imaginary. In light of the DOMA Supreme Court cases this week, DeGeneres's public approval has been heralded a litmus test for the LGBT community's acceptance. "What's wonderful about her, as a cultural figure, is that it worked so wonderfully alongside political activism," said Halem, "so there's political activism and cultural change going on at the same time....It blows me away when I turn on her show and I see her in a vest and tie, dancing with housewives from Ohio, and she loves them and they love her. It's wonderful,"
Halem has toured the country with her stand-up and I must confess I felt a sense of queer femme, feminist pride in how brilliant she was on the program. Most recently performing at Homo Comicus, you can keep tabs on Halem's upcoming performances HERE. Her comic timing and keen intuition (in reading her audiences) makes her a standout performer—seriously, LGBT artists seem to hover around a really low bar in general, but Halem raises it, tremendously.
Listen to the NPR segment HERE.