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CONCERT REVIEW

Fierce Forever 4: Armageddon

As Fierce as They Want to Be

By Annie S. Choi
ARTS EDITOR

Fierce Forever 4: Armageddon

Presented by GaMIT

Starring Kitty Electra, Kim Chee, Vindictyve, Gemini, Ms. Kris, Destiny, Dred, Mizery, Girlina, and Shequida

Morss Hall, Walker Memorial

April 20

Walker Memorial has never seen such glamour, such grace, and such outrageous queens like Kitty Electra, Kim Chee, Girlina, and Mizery. No room on MIT’s campus has seen such attitude and big hair since Fierce Forever III in 1999. Presented in part by GaMIT, and hosted by Jason Parris ’02 (who wore see-through white pants), Jessica Hinel ’02 (who wore outfits made from construction tarps, electrical tape, and bubble wrap) and Kitty Electra (also known as Ricardo Ramirez ’02), this year’s Fierce Forever 4 overcame a few crises (fashion and otherwise) to deliver a fabulous show.

The first crisis came when one drag queen’s zipper broke. Thanks to the magic of duct tape, the problem was remedied but caused at least a half-hour delay.

The first bodacious body to grace the stage was Kitty Electra (also known as Ricardo Ramirez ’02), who made her drag debut to Bjork’s “Army of Me.” She sat at a desk, donned in oversized librarian glasses and a flower print dress, only to rip them all off to reveal a skin-tight black body suit with large chrome breasts. Perhaps the best part of her ensemble was her clear plastic platform heels that lit up with every step. Throughout the song, she threw up papers in utter frustration (“If you complain once more, you’ll meet an army of me”) and assaulted the audience in cold and angry glances. Though she performed to music that strays from most drag-tunes, like that of Gloria Gaynor, Madonna, and other divas, she successfully portrayed the tortured sex-kitten -- showing that she is not only a fabulous queen, but an angry one not to be reckoned with. Though visibly nervous, Kitty Electra proved that a celebrated career on the runway awaits her.

After host Jason Parris ’02 cleaned up the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade-sized mess (complaining that “this bitch made a mess”), Kim Chee exploded on stage.

Wearing a 70s-throwback outfit of hot pants, halter top, and leopard-print platform shoes, Kim Chee performed to Jennifer Lopez’s “Play.” With a body most girls (and many drag queens) would kill for, it was hard to believe that she did not have two x-chromosomes. As one girl put it, “I’m just jealous that I can’t fill that dress out like him.” Kim Chee was by far the most realistic of the performers, and rumors that unsuspecting men fall at her feet for her phone number are definitely believable.

While previous Fierce Forever shows featured only drag queens, this year marked the first year for drag kings to perform. While drag queens are men in women’s clothing, drag kings are women in men’s clothing. One drag king, Dred, showed off what he calls “gender fluidity,” by changing costumes and gender, from male to female. Starting with a medley of hits from Busta Rhymes and Puff Daddy, Dred changed into an oversized shag coat, an Afro-wig, a gold tooth cap, and a Playboy medallion to become everyone’s favorite private eye, Shaft. In a golden moment, Dred changed into white patent leather shoes, stopping to sniff and lick the each shoe in unparalleled pleasure.

After performing the theme to Shaft by Curtis Mayfield, he took off all his clothes, revealing a sparkling red bikini -- with a not-so-subtle lump in her crotch. She reveals to the audience that the lump is an apple, which she took a few bites of, and then returned to its place -- a move that sent audience members wailing.

One of the best acts of the night was by Girlina, one of the queens flown in from New York. Performing to “The Pussy is Mine” (finding the artist of the song on the web proved difficult), her facial expressions were absolutely outrageous. Instead of dancing and wowing the audience with leg kicks and gymnastics, Girlina stood calm and collected on stage. She had more attitude in her gum than in the scantily clad bodies of all the other queens combined. “The only person who owns this pussy is me” and she made you believe it.

While explaining that “a woman needs more than just a hard dick,” Girlina smacked her gum and nonchalantly fixed her mullet-like ’80s hairdo.

Two other crises of the evening was the cancellation of an act by Kim Chee and another by Girlina and Shaquita, who lost their music on a flight from New York. Shequida (who had performed a medley of hits by the greatest divas -- Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Britney Spears) apologized to the audience, and offered something a little different. She took requests from the audience for short arias from any opera. When someone mentioned “Queen of the Night,” she cringed -- “If I could sing ‘Queen of the Night,’ do you think I’d be here? I’d be in my penthouse suite ... or whatever.”

Furthermore, she snapped that the opera was in Russian, and “does it look like I speak Russian? I’m black!” Finally she settled on a short aria from Madame Butterfly, and she stunned the audience with her soprano. Then she posed an interesting question to the audience: “What if pop stars went to Julliard and sang opera?” She went into a rendition of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” opera-style.

Some of the problems that plagued Fierce Forever were on the technical side. Since only one spotlight was used, drag queens and kings were often left without a spotlight when they rubbed their backsides and chests against audience members. How can anyone, especially those who love and demand attention, perform without a spotlight? Unfortunately, Walker is not a good venue because of the lack of stage effects, such as dazzling lights and fog, that compliment the performers’ outrageous costumes and acts.

Another major problem was the audience. The audience was lukewarm, and even during the most outrageous moments, viewers would laugh, holler, and then stop. The audience was so bad that Fierce Forever veteran Mizery flipped the audience the bird at the end of her act. So, while the performers were fierce, the audience was not.