I Am Divine celebrates the life and career of movie star Divine who rose from the underground of Baltimore’s misfit youth to become an international film, stage, music and drag superstar, and died tragically the night before he was due on set to begin a recurring role on a hit television show – as a man. With I Am Divine, tonight’s guest, Director Jeffrey Schwarz has created a film that honors Divine in just the way he always craved — as a serious artist and immortal star.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday July 22, 2012 9:30 am|
I don’t want to dismiss the extreme nature of shooter James Holmes’ obvious mental illness. Like psychiatrists say about Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle, Holmes might suffer from schizotypal personality disorder. Certainly he suffers from serious disturbances.
I do, though, want to make two additional points: 1) Recognition through violence is a common theme in American culture; 2) In the age of Facebook, Twitter and reality television, everyone seems to have access to a significant audience, but the recognition it brings is, usually, an illusion. When everyone’s a star, no on is a star.