Tuesday, May 24, 2022

May 24--Too Much

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.  --Mae West

    This quote alone makes me happy! Mae West was a big, sexy, wonderful, controversial personality. 
    Barney and I had an easy, safe trip home yesterday. We are having a very rainy day, and for this part of planet Earth, that is a wonderful thing. 
    Here is some info relative to Mae West from Wikipedia:
Eventually, West began writing her own risqué plays using the pen name Jane Mast. Her first starring role on Broadway was in a 1926 play entitled Sex, which she wrote, produced, and directed. Although conservative critics panned the show, ticket sales were strong. The production did not go over well with city officials, who had received complaints from some religious groups, and the theater was raided, with West arrested along with the cast. She was taken to the Jefferson Market Court House, where she was prosecuted on morals charges, and on April 19, 1927, was sentenced to 10 days for "corrupting the morals of youth". Though West could have paid a fine and been let off, she chose the jail sentence for the publicity it would garner. While incarcerated on Welfare Island (now known as Roosevelt Island), she dined with the warden and his wife; she told reporters that she had worn her silk panties while serving time, in lieu of the "burlap" the other girls had to wear. West got great mileage from this jail stint. She served eight days with two days off for "good behavior". Media attention surrounding the incident enhanced her career, by crowning her the darling "bad girl" who "had climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong".
Her next play, The Drag, dealt with homosexuality, and was what West called one of her "comedy-dramas of life". After a series of try-outs in Connecticut and New Jersey, West announced she would open the play in New York. However, The Drag never opened on Broadway, owing to efforts by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice to ban any attempt by West to stage it. West explained, "The city fathers begged me not to bring the show to New York because they were not equipped to handle the commotion it would cause."
    Some things, I swear, never change--conservatives and "religious" types sticking their nose into others' business. "New York Society for the Suppression of Vice"--really!!?!?!?! I'm so tired of hearing, "Your behavior offends me; you must stop." MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!!
    Enough of my soapbox,

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