Vladdy Pushin' (Vladimir Putin)
Shakespeare is often quoted for writing, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." The statement eloquently encapsulates what Plato wrote about the stage of life a millennium prior and what social scientists would later define as "impression management," the idea that our style of dress, speaking, behavior are all merely props we use to present our "identity." In my opinion, Drag Queen RuPaul put it most succinctly: "You're born naked, the rest is drag."
Such is the thinking behind pseudononymous "POPlitical" Middle Eastern artist Saint Hoax's latest series, "War Drags You Out," in which Hoax imagines famous world leaders as fabulous drag queens. Hoax got the idea after attending a drag show and wondering, what makes an iconic queen? Hoax's recipe: a flamboyant name, a fierce persona, defining outfits, personalized hairdo, a trademark feature, and one hell of a PR Team. (I might add duct tape to the list, but that's beside the point.) Hoax writes:
A rush of images containing Hitler's mustache, Bin Laden's headgear, Obama's campaigns, Saddam's narcism crossed through my mind [sic]. It got me thinking that behind every "great" man, there's a queen. Like drag queens, political/religious leaders are expected to entertain, perform and occasionally lip-sync a public speech.
But unlike drag queens, the fame hungry leaders don't know when to take their costumes off.
Hoax, these are sickening!
Saint Hoax is also currently running a crowdfunding campaign to fund a trip from the Middle East, where Hoax's art has been labelled "offensive and disgraceful," to New York City, where Hoax will be able to publicly display this work.
Baricka O' Bisha (Barack Obama)
Madame O' Sane (Saddam Hussein)
Popette Benny (Pope Benedict XVI)
Queen Abby (King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud)
Georgia Buchette (George W. Bush)