Even though she never accepted our Friend request on Facebook, we’re still huge fans of the veteran drag queen Lady Bunny. The revered and sometimes feared performer has been a towering presence in New York’s downtown queer circuit ever since she got off that bus that drove her here all the way from Atlanta in the late 80′s, along with her sidekicks at the time who were none other than RuPaul and Larry Tee.
The foul mouthed Lady has carved a niche for herself, providing social and political commentary on her blog, artfully mixing contemporary dance music and throw-back disco tunes at various soirées, and generously spewing her tasteful blend of witty one-liners and offensive rants to whoever care to hire her.
Lately, Lady Bunny has been a resident DJ for promoter extraordinaire Tony Fornabaio and Brandon Voss, whose parties Rock It and Club 57 are highly popular among the city’s A-list gay society. Perched in her DJ booth, she often sports a quizzical grin, as she spins the fashionable and slightly inebriated crowd into a frenzy. Confined in a non-speaking role, she looks harmless and even gleeful, as she cheerfully poses for pictures or nonchalantly grooves to the beats of her music. But make no mistake, she’s also surveying her audience and taking notes in preparation for an upcoming skit in which she will most likely deliver a vitriolic satire of mainstream gay culture…
While she had on heavy rotation all summer long Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”, she was inspired to record her own cover of the record and turn the tongue in cheek dance anthem into a tribute to the “West Virginia Girls”. The result is an unspeakable video clip, featuring a bevy of New York drag queens including the unmistakable Sugga Pie Koko.