The Dark Side of Paris is Burning
Public opinion about Paris is Burning is changing! Since our first video release, "Vote of Confidence" GMHC continues to glamorize this exploitative film to gain access to the community and funds for voguing classes, mini balls, and ki ki functions but has to cut food services for their clients, because COO Janet Weinberg announced the reason for the food cut was the lack of funds. GMHC replaced food services for artistic programs.
Boycott the Latex Ball 2014, video release #3 Video footage courtesy of Art From The Heart Films. GMHC violated a 20 year old House Ball policy by inviting the director Jennie Livingston of the film "Paris is Burning", to speak on behalf of Ballroom Icon Paris Dupree at the 2011 House of Latex Ball.
Featured interviews by: Frances White, Dean at NY University. White talks in her classroom about the exploitation in Paris is Burning and why her students are confused and afraid of this community. Marcel Christian LaBeija talks about how Jennie Livingston was treated with respect, what exploitative language she was using in the films promotion materials and all she wanted to know from him was who the thieves are.
Jose Xtravaganza questions the House of Latex, because they were chopping people at the balls. "Aren't they here to save the day?" Carmen Xtravaganza got nothing from "Paris is Burning" and makes a statement that the "How Do I Look" documentary gave the community a voice. Octavia St. Laurent "People know nothing about our community and Paris is Burning is nothing but gay entertainment for them." She explains very emotionally the marginalization of the transgender community and why they can't stand up and fight for justice.
Why Public Opinion about the Gay Men's Health Crisis is Changing! GMHC violated a 20 year old House Ball tradition and the House Ball community lost Millions of Dollars because of the House of Latex Balls at Roseland funded by GMHC. GMHC Blog: http://gmhcitsachop.blogspot.com/.
The Historic and Cultural House Ball Institute is releasing the third video from the "Boycott the Latex Ball 2014" campaign and is asking the public to join them in this boycott and join them in the Fight for Justice. The Institute educates the public about the "Paris is Burning" film and the marginalizing policies by the House of Latex Project program, funded by the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC).
The Institute is exposing those devastating policies and how they affect the under-resourced House Ball community. Ballroom educators, historians and members featured in "Paris is Burning" have rejected this film since its release in 1990 and the director Jennie Livingston was successfully sued by Octavia St. Laurent.
Livingston was never invited back by the House Ball community, because of its exploitative and controversy content in the film and promotional materials and the threat by the ballroom community to boycott any of the events she was to appear.
GMHC violated a 20 year old House Ball policy by inviting the director Jennie Livingston to speak on behalf of Paris Dupree at the 2011 Latex Ball. Ballroom Icon Paris Dupree who passed away earlier that year also rejected this film. He felt "Ripped Off" by Livingston, because she used his Ball theme "Paris is Burning" for her film title. A statement by Ballroom Hall of Famer and Historian Kevin Omni, quote: "If Paris Dupree knew that Livingston spoke on his behalf, he would turn in his grave." In a GMHC Press Release from 2012 by Krishna Stone, quote: "To this day, Paris is Burning is still considered the definitive film about the community." This statement by GMHC is community insensitive, disrespectful and the basic historic and cultural House Ball knowledge at GMHC is in question. After working with our community for 22 years, they still don't know. GMHC is marginalizing the under-resourced House Ball community for over 20 years and as a result of it, the House Ball economy lost Millions of Dollars and the existence of the House Ball community as we know it is at risk. Our outreach to GMHC are unanswered and the agency remains silent to our meeting requests. Your Voice Counts ! Join the Institute and the House Ball community in the Fight for Empowerment and Justice. Boycott the Latex Ball 2014 Can You Afford Not To Support?