Once again, Tyrel Bramwell seems overly concerned with what people wear. It just really strikes me funny that here’s a guy who posts photos of himself wearing a dress to church, while he gets his panties all in a bunch about guys dressing up for entertainment.
Aside from the fact that historically, there is a long tradition of men dressing up as women, both on stage and off, I really can’t take a religious person seriously when it comes to clothing recommendations.
Is Bramwell in favor of hijabs, niqabs and burkas? Or would he be against those because they’re part of the Islamic tradition?
I’ve always thought it’s kind of ridiculous that for many religions, you can identify their followers by the garb they wear. For example, here in Ferndale, if you see a family, and the mother and her daughters are all wearing what I would call prairie dresses and lace bonnets, there’s a good chance they are Mennonite.
A pair of young men wearing suits and ties comes to your door in Ferndale, you just know the Mormon’s are out again. Just be glad they don’t show up wearing only their magic underwear. (That’s right, in case you weren’t aware, the Mormon church makes money by selling spiritual underwear to its members.)
See a guy with a small cap on the back of his head? You can be assured he’s Jewish. Wearing a black overcoat and a black hat with a wide brim, he’s probably a Hasidic or Orthodox Jew.
If you see a guy wearing a turban, there’s a good chance he’s a member of the Sikh religion.
See a guy that looks like he’s wearing some silly party hat, and maybe you’re looking a Catholic bishop.
But why would a god really care what you wear? Further, if there is one true god, why hasn’t he published an official dress code that should be followed. If a principal at a school can manage that, certainly the most powerful being in the universe should be able to jot down a quick list in a format that is easy for everyone to read. Maybe he could make his list appear in the sky, just to confirm it really is him.
However, like every other aspect of religion, the fact that there is no consensus means that these dress codes are arbitrary, and man-made. Their main function is not to please some god, but to help corral you into the tribe that they are promoting.
Now, all that said, is there really a drag show that’s going to be performed at the Ferndale Rep? No, once again, Bramwell is lying. Just last week he seemed concerned about lying, but he is certainly willing to commit that sin when it furthers his agenda.
The Ferndale Rep is going to be putting on a production of Kinky Boots. Based on a true story, the musical is about an owner of a shoe factory who saves his business by starting a line of kinky boots. Some of these boots were bought by drag queens. Does that make this play a “Drag Show”? Hardly.
I really feel sorry for Christians who are so bamboozled by their pastors and priests that they can’t even go out and enjoy a fine evening of entertainment. A woman or a man wearing a pair of kinky boots hurts no one, and if there was a god, I really doubt he’d be offended by that act. Over 5,000 people killed yesterday by an act of god, but by all means, don’t insult him by wearing a nice pair of pink thigh-high boots with 5″ heels.
2/18/23 Update: At the time I wrote this I thought Bramwell was referring to the upcoming production of Kinky Boots as that was the only publicly announced event at the Rep that seemed likely to be what he was referring to. Two weeks later it was announced there will be a drag show as a fundraiser for Lost Coast Pride, and that appears to be the event he’s got his panties in a wad about.
Gatsby at The Rep, Feb. 25th at 7pm.