Monday, May 10, 2010

What Sucks…The Reaper

Actress, singer, civil rights leader and one of the all time hot chicks, Lena Horne passed away last night at the age of 92.

Personally, I have been trying to cut back on Reaper postings- no offense to John Forthsythe, Ernie Harwell and Robin Roberts, but after last year, this blog became more of a daily tracker as to what the Reaper was doing and everyone was getting bored with it- plus I was becoming like that reporter who is constantly following around the Hulk and pissing off Bruce Banner.

That said, Lena Horne is one of the more remarkable American stories and that a-hole Reaper taking her, even at age 92, leaves a large void. You’ll find more eloquent obits around the web, so check those out, but in the meantime, try and remember this- Lena Horne was super-hot back in the day where America was so racist, it didn’t even matter how hot you were, you still had to deal with getting the short end of the stick because stupid, backwards thinking hicks and rich, racist movie studio heads. For a long time Lena Horne would be inserted into a film- usually a musical, and that scene would have nothing to do with the plot of the movie. The reason for this was so that it could be edited out when the film was shown to movie-goers in the south.

Think about that for a second- think about how into appearances we are as a society- then think at a time we were even more into racism. Amazing.

Among her tons of accomplishments was inspiring Lenny Bruce to use her to deconstruct racism in this bit…

"You are a white. The Imperial Wizard. Now, if you don't think this is logic you can burn me on the fiery cross. This is the logic: You have the choice of spending fifteen years married to a woman, a black woman or a white woman. Fifteen years kissing and hugging and sleeping real close on hot nights. With a black, black woman or a white, white woman. The white woman is Kate Smith. And the black woman is Lena Horne. So you're not concerned with black or white anymore, are you? You are concerned with how cute or how pretty. Then let's really get basic and persecute ugly people!"
— Lenny Bruce

On top of all that, she sang with the Muppets.

Lena Horne, RIP.
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