Underground Diaries, Part 3
Goat dressing was to be the subject of the third gay rodeo event. It was kind of a no-brainer, though at first I wasn’t as gung ho on the idea as Neeraj was.
Goat dressing is the most popular event in gay rodeo, with more participants than any other gay rodeo event. It’s goofy and it’s got a WTF name (good for attracting hits). But I was afraid covering it was more of the same old-same old: Until recently, MSM reporting on anything gay always seemed to lead with drag queens or leather queens — regardless of the subject.
While I can appreciate an outrageous drag queen as much as the next lumberjack, my experience of the LGBT community is that there are way more non-drag queens than drag queens. Plus, gay rodeo is a lot more than camp events. I mean, there’s dancing.
Neeraj was right, though, in feeling like we should do a clip on the event, if for no other reason than to attracts viewer to our much more thoughtful coverage (Gay Rodeo Makes You Limp, for example, a written nugget to be deconstructed here soon). Events involving tighty whiteys and goats are always crowd pleasers. The goat dressing event was pretty damn amusing, made more so by the corny gay British cowboy emcee. Plus, it was fairly benign as animal torture goes.
The clip came together quickly. Jon Brick, a Yahoo News video producer, came by to help me with it and with getting my video editing work flow sorted out. Jon’s a musician, a funny guy and had already won my confidence with his good edit suggestions for the Gay Rodeo Curious video. We wound up using music from the Sony BMG library, one of the few times Dirk Ward and/or I didn’t create the soundtrack for an Underground clip.
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