A queen is taking over Ft. Laudy.
The self-proclaimed "stupid genius, reviled sweetheart, and PBR princess," AKA Sharon Needles, will captivate the Manor in Wilton Manors in all her ghoulish, drag glory on Saturday.
But before the ostentatious winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 "takes a poop on your new Armani suit" (more on that later), here are five bold moments from the queer empress.
5. Her "It Gets Better" PSA
"I'm thirty years old, I'm rich, and I'm famous, and I still get called a faggot every single goddamn day," Sharon concedes in a message to her fellow gays. As part of the It Gets Better Project, an initiative to help young people rise above harassment, the figure asks victims to channel bigotry into self-assurance. She says homosexuals can be anything they want to be -- thinkers, artists, and even short order cooks. And there's a real tearjerker at 0:36 when she pauses in recollection of the strife she's seen in the gay community. "Take all that pain that you get every single day. Take every time that you are called a faggot and turn it into something that makes you a stronger person," Sharon says.
Condragulations Ms. Needles, you are one fierce role model.
4. "412/724 Whore"
Pittsburgh prostitutes, stand up! Though she was raised in the cornfields of Iowa, Sharon poses as an unrelenting trollop who's blown every soul in the Steel City. After a cheap potential customer offers her ten bucks for a good time, Needles retorts, "What do I look like? Mahogany? I am Sharon Motherfucking Needles!"
A montage of promiscuous, streetwalking scenes ensue as she rhymes maxims like "Gimme ten dollars and I'll take a poop, on your new Armani suit," and "I blew a Jew in Squirrel Hill/In Shadyside I teabagged a fag." Damn, the girl's left her mark all over her new hood. The queen signs off with a brilliant diss: "I'm Sharon Needles, and you're a needle dick." She's a Pittsburgh prostitute, and baby there's no substitute.
3. Flesh is for Zombies!
Needles is quite the mover and shaker. In her campy PETA spot, the ladyboy dons a bleach blond wig and matching gown drenched in fake blood (with an amputated, plastic metacarpus casually fingering her bosom) as she advocates vegetarianism, insisting dead things should be buried and not eaten.
It's easy to stomach grotesque images of slaughtered cattle with Sharon Needles as preacher; she delivers a harrowing message of gory animal abuse with her trademark hilarious zing and occasional cackle (and delivers a witty quip when the hand falls off her chest). Sharon even name drops the Miami Zombie!
We're sold. "Any time I have an excuse to just dump an entire bucket of blood on me, I'm always game," Needles reveals. Now that's intense.
2. Her first Drag Race win
Though she would go on to be season four's "Next Drag Superstar," Sharon's first challenge was her drag television breakthrough. The goth queen owned the runway in a cadaverous gown and piercing milk-white eyes. But the highlight of her walk? An unexpected cascade of faux blood that gushed from her mouth mid-strut. At the end of her hemic stride, RuPaul summed it up: "Gingivitis never looked so good."
1. "This Club Is a Haunted House"
We hope Sharon Needles' affinity for blood is evident by now. We also hope she performs this club crasher on Saturday. Her recent single, "This Club Is a Haunted House," begins with a shot of the queen and her posse in tow for a night on the town. But Needles (who's surely channeling a femme Marilyn Manson in this clip) and her crew are rejected by a club bouncer after he mockingly points to a sign that reads, "No fats, no fems, no freaks."
Needles doesn't take that shit. She smashes a bottle against the asshole's head, and proceeds to throw a sexy costume party inside. Needles flip-flops from dazzling Elvira, to blonde bombshell, to devious redhead, all while crooning "Is that a monster in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?" Soon enough, the party turns into a bloodbath orgy.
Let your freak flag fly, Share!
What a poised farter!
Sharon Needles, 10 p.m., Saturday, July 6, The Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manor. Visit themanorcomplex.com.
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