Flipping the slip script: Bushwick drag partiers prance, dance

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A whole royal court of drag kings and queens wigged out at the cross-dressing fest Bushwig last weekend in Bushwick.

The weekend-long to-do at Secret Robot Project brought out dozens of characters decked out in freaky finery. An organizer said the annual event takes on a life of its own every time.

“It’s always crazy and awesome to see everything just happen,” said Bushwig booster Simon Leahy, stage name Babes Trust. “When you are organizing something like this, there is a point where you have to just let it go and watch it take on its own form, which is really awesome to see happen.”

The festival jumped from one day to two this year, with several hours of performances, games, and revelry each day.

“We wanted to create a platform where all queer and drag performers can come and meet each other and show each other what they are doing,” Leahy said.

Bushwig harkens back to the edgier, less policed days of yore and that is what hooked many return fans, according to one attendee.

“It really brought back that feeling of non-regulation that certainly does not exist in Manhattan anymore,” Ernie Glam said. “You could do whatever you want. You did not have to worry about jumping on a table or breaking a chair. It was a break from the hyper-regulation you see everywhere else.”

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
Stupid homophobe.
Sept. 9, 2014, 12:17 am
jjm from c. hill says:
@mike, im just being realistic. Its a shame that decent working people in Bushwick & other areas are being exposed to this crap & many other antics of this nature thats driving them out of their own neighborhood. Enough is enough.
Sept. 9, 2014, 4:06 am
jjm from c. hill says:
Im pretty sure you read about what happened in flatbush yesterday when a few yuppies got forced out of their "new digs" by a couple of fed-up locals. Trust me, A LOT of us feel the very same way because we're tired of this & its reaching a boiling point.
Sept. 9, 2014, 4:12 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
No, you're not being realistic. You're being stupid, homophobic, and stupidly homophobic.

Do your thoughts deserve a further response aside from simply insulting you? No, they do not, if they can even be called "thoughts."
Sept. 9, 2014, 6:38 am
Lewis from Williamsburg says:
Its a shame that "working people" are so busy worrying about what other people do for fun. Maybe if you were busier working you could move away. We don't need people like you in this city
Sept. 9, 2014, 9:18 am
Lewis from Williamsburg says:
Edit: we don't need people like you in this world.
Sept. 9, 2014, 9:19 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
For all this time that the crumudgeons and diehipsters have complained that its the mythical trust fund hipsters and all their associated ilk/deviants that have driven rents up but in reality they came looking for space and cheep rent.
The real anger should be be with the real estate developers and the community boards or whoever is responsible for zonning in these high priced condos.
if they want to preserve the working class communities of latino's and non-hipster black people the politicians should have at least force the developers to allocate affordable housing units in the area or a poor door in their new buildings.
Sept. 9, 2014, 10:31 am
jjm from c, hill says:
@bkmanhatman, yeah the anger should be directed at the developers & CB but also when you have things like this going on in the area, it contributes to the pricing out too if you sit & think about it.
Sept. 9, 2014, 10:55 am
Bebe Beretta from Not Brooklyn says:
Not sorry about it.
Sept. 9, 2014, 11:46 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
If you sit and think about it, the only way Bushwig can contribute to rising rents is if it makes the area more desirable. Go figure.
Sept. 9, 2014, 11:47 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
Well jjm, if you sit and think about it, it's a free country and people are allowed to wig out. And there's nothing you can do about it. You can register your dislike of it, but there's no cause or justification for protest.
Sept. 9, 2014, 12:34 pm
jjm from c.hill says:
All i can say to you delusionals is next time you step on the subway & you notice a few people staring at you, you'll see what i mean.
Sept. 9, 2014, 2:36 pm
ty from pps says:
jjm -- Your view of the world makes it very hard to see the positive in humanity... but I guess it's your right to embrace violence as a reaction to things you don't like. Why not? That's what made NYC great, right? Violence and hatred.
Sept. 9, 2014, 2:58 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
People don't stare. But know what? Who the heck would care if someone "stares?" Your feelings are so fragile.
Sept. 9, 2014, 3:39 pm

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