October 24 - 30, 2012
COURTESY CHAD KING
JACKSONIAN CHAD KING
or fans of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” tightly fitted corsets, fishnet stockings and sky-high heels are forever synonymous with Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The character first wore the iconic getup in the 1975 movie release, and has been inspiring people to do the Time Warp in movie theaters, living rooms and on stages ever since. This Halloween, the Fondren Theatre Group brings the cult classic back to a Jackson stage for its fourth production. Chad King, reprising his role as the doctor, will don the corset and heavy makeup to once again become Frank-N-Furter. King, 31, has lived in Flowood since he was 10 years old. He has enjoyed performing and singing since his middle school years. “What drew me to Rocky Horror was the singing,” King says. At the time of his first audition, King had never seen the movie or play. “When I got the part, I immediately watched the movie to see more or less what I would be wearing—or not wearing.” “The movie is a cult classic, obviously. I fell in love with the movie but I adore the stage play,” King says. Now a fourth-year veteran of the show, King says his favorite part is the audience. “Seeing the dedication of the fans, it’s amazing to have people start asking you in April if you’re going to perform the show,” King says.
“The Rocky Horror Show” (the play version drops “Picture” from the title) is known for its audience involvement, but the Fondren Theatre Group asks that no one throw objects on stage. Costumes, however, are always welcome. In preparation for the role (and the corseted bodice it requires), King says his first sacrifice is stop eating fast food. “I continue to be nervous, even though this is the fourth time I’ve done it.” King says. “There are certain things you cannot mess up, out of respect for it being such a cult classic you want to stay true to certain parts.” Still, the cast takes creative liberties in its performance. King’s Frank-N-Furter is clearly from the South, as he has a southern accent through out the play. “It keeps the play grounded and makes it very relative to where you are,” he says. King also tries to add something of his own to the character each year such as moving up in heel size. In his last performance as Frank, King wore seven and a half-inch heels. When not performing in towering heels, King works at Chinn and Associates as a paralegal. He is also a student at the Mississippi College School of Law. For show times, price and other details on “The Rocky Horror Show” at Hal & Mal’s, visit jfpevents.ms. —Victoria Sherwood
Cover photo by Trip Burns; cover design by Kristin Brenemen. Cover model is Alyssa Dunnaway. Dress provided by The Green Room.
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“When I looked at (‘The Great Gatsby’) as a title, not even reading the play, I thought, “how appropriate,” with this whole 1 percent, 99 percent thing we are going through as a country. I thought it was very appropriate, because F. Scott Fitzgerald really brought to life the, to me, immorality of wealth. What it does to people.” —Francine Thomas Reynolds, “Wealth, Passion and the Journey”
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OCTOBER 24 - 30, 2012 | VOL. 11 NO. 7
by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
Beware the GOP’s (Un)Scientific Sexism
e afraid, be very afraid. Granted, it’s been difficult to parse through everything the Republican presidential candidate has said about abortion over the years and in recent weeks to figure out where Romney stands on this difficult issue. But one thing is clear: The majority of Mississippians who voted last fall to block the passage of the “personhood” initiative should be very nervous about the Nov. 6 election. Why? Because Romney’s wishy-washy stance—to overturn Roe v. Wade and send abortion decisions back to state legislatures—puts states like Mississippi with radical-right politicians in office in a dangerous place. Under a Romney administration, Mississippi would lose federal dollars and jobs that we so desperately need, not to mention health-care assistance. But we could also see our individual rights to choose reproductive tools such in vitro fertilization and the birthcontrol pill, snatched away. Romney knows this, but seems not to care. It doesn’t matter what he personally believes about abortion; the tricky details are in his vow to overturn Roe v. Wade. And make no mistake: The only thing standing between families and government takeover of reproductive choices is the federal government and Roe v. Wade. We certainly don’t have leaders who are going to help protect those rights. Gov. Phil Bryant was co-chairman of the “personhood” campaign with all its disdain for contraception. All our U.S. congressmen, except Rep. Bennie Thompson, have supported congressional attempts, led by Reps. Paul Ryan, Todd Akin and others, to try to redefine “forcible” (or “legitimate”) rape in order to keep as many rape victims as possible from having access to abortion (their so-called “exception”). Based on their records and statements, all these men want to deny women access to any abortion, even when our lives are in danger or when a 13-year-old gets pregnant from
incest. They prefer no exceptions. And at various points, Romney has told these men— whose support is, sadly, considered vital to the GOP increasingly extreme “base”—that he would be “delighted” to oblige them. Now, Romney is engaging in a winkwink punt. By saying he will get Roe v. Wade overturned—which means an anti-abortion litmus test for Supreme Court appointments and/or an act of Congress—he is promising these men they will get to do what they want back home in the states. And all of them have shown that they want the anti-birth-control regulations of “personhood.” Not to mention, all these men crawled on the very cynical, and false, bandwagon against the federal regulation that employers cannot forbid female employees from using their health insurance to pay for contraception (not just abortion, mind you). They claim that companies should have the “religious freedom” to decide what their employees can use their insurance for: that old “corporations have constitutional rights” shtick. Meantime, those corporate rights would trump the individual religious and healthcare rights of individual employees. That stinks. Employees pay for their insurance with their labor and, often, dollars; it’s not the employers’ right to tell them how to use it. This is America, not Afghanistan. Meantime, to justify these caveman tactics, these men, and others in the GOP, are engaging in what I like to call “scientific sexism.” They are making up “scientific” myths to justify their backward ideas about rape, women’s health and reproductive processes. These men are taking a page from the playbook of racists who have long couched bigoted assumptions in “scientific” language and graphs that sound official. This disgusting tradition goes back to eugenics in the early 20th century when the “feeble-minded” were forcibly sterilized around the nation, including here in Jackson. “Scientific rac-
ism” was funded in the 1960s by think tanks up north and helped disseminate disgusting ideas about black people’s intelligence capacity, including here in Jackson through the late Bill Simmons and the Citizens Councils of America. A popular book of the time was “Race and Reason” by Yankee academic Carleton Putnam in which he excused Jim Crow and segregation based on, er, science. Scientific racism had a resurgence in 1994 when Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein wrote “The Bell Curve”—a widely panned book supposedly proving, again, that blacks were inferior. (It was followed the next year by another terrible book, “The End of Racism,” by Dinesh D’Souza that spread more backward ideas about African Americans. D’Souza is, predictably, in the spotlight again for his film “Obama’s America 2016”). Now, the men leading the charge against contraception and all abortion are just making up (un)scientific excuses for their crazy, sexist views on reproductive rights. Try this one: Rep. Joe Walsh, running against legless veteran Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, said last week that “thanks to advances in science and technology,” abortion is no longer used to protect the mother’s life. This statement astounded doctors, just as Romney’s false statement that people never die due to lack of health insurance. Abortions often save the lives of mothers, such as in cases of ectopic pregnancy, UCLA obstetrics and gynecology professor Lawrence Platt told Bloomberg News. In ectopic pregnancies, the fetus is not in the right place in the womb and can cause the uterus to rupture, causing the mother to bleed to death, said Platt, the director of the Center for Fetal Medicine and Women’s Ultrasound. This, of course, was only the latest antiscience outrage from a Republican trying to justify a strict prohibition on abortion. Rep. Akin, who this week compared his female
opponent for the Missouri Senate to a dog, famously said that women can’t get pregnant in “legitimate” rapes. That echoed positions of men like Ryan and our Rep Alan Nunnelee who want to distinguish between “forcible” rape (maybe an abortion) and statutory and incestuous rape of children by grown men who get girls to consent (no way). Of course, all these men demonize Planned Parenthood. Nunnelee actually stood before Congress and accused Planned Parenthood of protecting men who “rape our granddaughters.” In fact, Planned Parenthood provides nearly 800,000 pap smears and 750,000 breast exams a year to women, not to mention helps with treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. They also help educate young people about preventing pregnancy—vital since these men don’t want young people to get substantial sex education to prevent the abortions they rail about so much. These men spread lies and myths—bad information that will actually increase unwanted pregnancy, and abortion, in our state and nation. This is scientific sexism and denial like I’ve never seen in my lifetime. It also shows they’re not serious about these difficult problems. If Romney is elected, he will owe the Tea Party-influenced extremists in his party (like the female Tea Party leader who told the JFP this summer that she questioned women’s right to vote). Romney must at the minimum do what he is saying now: Return the right to decide reproductive rights back to the states. Here in Mississippi, we know exactly what that means: Men like Phil Bryant, Alan Nunnelee and their ilk will insure that women can’t have abortions under any circumstance and will also limit our rights to contraception, fertilization assistance and affordable pap smears. Their own terrifying words prove it. Be sure you listen carefully.
October 24 - 30, 2012
Kathleen M. Mitchell
Patricia Bullock Williams, a Jackson native, is a hypnotherapist and Mars analyst and has a passion for all things paranormal. In this picture, she is wearing a video ovelisk while on a ghost hunt. She wrote much of the cover package.
Sonya Lee hails from Jackson, and she writes poetry and fiction. She enjoys parasailing, jet skiing and taking long walks on the beach while dreaming. She contributed to the cover package.
Brian is the former managing editor of the Jackson Free Press. He is currently a science editor in Chicago where he lives with his wife and adorable son. He did research for and planned the defense infographics.
Larry is the director of grants programs for the Mississippi Arts Commission. He is a host for “Mississippi Arts Hour,” the agency’s arts interview radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Larry wrote a music story.
Features Editor Kathleen takes Halloween costumes very seriously. She is still trying to convince her husband to be the mustard bottle to her ketchup this year. She wrote features for FLY, arts and food.
Kate Dollarhide is a Jackson native who just recently graduated from Mississippi State University. She has a strong passion for all things food and writing. She wrote a food story.
Ashley is complex, in a totally normal way. Born and raised in Chicago, she attended Jackson State University for mass communication and multimedia journalism. She wrote an event feature.
Account Executive Monique Davis is a passionate promoter of all things Jackson. She is a cartoonist, is married to the smartest man on the planet, and is a mother of six wonderful children. She can be bribed with red wine (Merlot).
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2012
with PARALLAX -costume contestWEDNESDAY 10/24 LADIES NIGHT
1/2 off drinks for ladies 5pm - until • music starts at 8PM • giveaways from the w by azwell
THURSDAY 10/25 FOOTBALL & COLLEGE NIGHT
7pm - until • 9 flat screens • $2.25 longnecks $3.25 well drinks
FRIDAY 10/26 Fire Up The Grill 6pm
Ribeye Steaks, Baked Potato, Salad & French Bread!
Earphunk 10 p.m.
SUNDAY 10/28 Food Service Industry Night
5 p.m. until! 30% off All Drinks! “You take care of us, now let us take care of you!” Come watch the games with us! Sunday Ticket, NFL Network.
MONDAY 10/29 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GUYS NIGHT & COLLEGE NIGHT
7pm - until| • $2.25 longnecks • $3.25 well drinks • OPEN MIC 10pm
October 31: Halloween Ladies Night with DJ Jugala & Wear Your Costume 214 S. State Street • Downtown Jackson. • 601.354.9712 • See Our New Menu www.martinslounge.net
shrimp broil • 5 - 10 pm matt’s late nite karaoke • 10 - 12pm $1 pbr & highlife • $2 margaritas
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