Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Tutu Ado

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi recently told students at Greybull High School, "I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights.  Well, he kind of asks for it.  That's the way that he winds up with that kind of problem."

And that's the way the senator wound up with a problem:  irate Wyomingites from Sheridan to Cheyenne.  Who found a creative way to protest the Republican's victim-blaming remarks.

They turned their anger into ballet-wear.  Men and women wore tutus to school, to work, to bars, to protest parties.  In Laramie there was a tutu tutorial for those unschooled in the art of making the gathered skirts.  Which was probably just about everybody.

As the massive anti-Trump protests across the country have led to a spike in the sales of art supplies, I assume Wyoming has seen a run on muslin, gauze and nylon.  Jo-Ann Fabrics doesn't know what hit it.

Butch's Bar, a biker bar in Evansville, held a tutu party last Friday, organized by the bar owners' gay son.  "Bartenders in tutus paused with customers to move their hands overhead and sing the song 'YMCA,'" reported The Advocate.  "Upstairs tutus, feather boas and people in plain clothes twirled on the dance floor together."

Say what you will about him, but Sen. Enzi got the state thinking about anti-LGBT violence, and he got bikers dancing next to boa-sporting gays.  He brought people together to fight for human rights, and he deserves a nickname for the (accidental) progress he caused.  I suggest Bishop Tutu.