Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Mae West: Deep-Rooted Bias

While you’re sleeping, college professors in Hungary are thinking about MAE WEST. Here’s a long, striking research paper you might have missed. This is Part 43.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • cultural bias against women • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: Kristen Anderson Wagner also argues in a similar manner, when discussing early film history; she says that “[w]hile male comedians have been celebrated, analyzed, and fondly remembered through each passing generation, female comedians have largely been forgotten, by audiences and academics alike […]” (39).
• • Deep-Rooted Bias • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: In her study, Anderson Wagner focuses on female comedians of the silent era as well as during the introduction of sound, for example, Mae West. She also asserts that there “is the longstanding and deep-rooted cultural bias against women performing comedy. The idea that femininity is incompatible with humor dates back to before the nineteenth century and lingers to the present day.” (40) I agree with her statement that these biases are still holding strong even today despite all advances in the direction of change.
• • women who dare to venture • •  . . . 
• • This was Part 43 of a lengthy article. Part 44 will follow tomorrow.   
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Wednesday, 4 April 1928 • •
• • It was on Wednesday, 4 April 1928 that Mae's successful Bowery drama "Diamond Lil" first opened at Leo Teller's Broadway Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. Lil's stage costumes were designed by Dolly Tree. If you were standing outside on the corner of Court Street and Stockton Street, you would have heard thunderous applause and cheers. "You'd have thought that a favorite bootlegger had come back from Atlanta," wrote drama critic Robert Garland in the New York Evening Telegram on Thursday, 5 April 1928. "[Mae] makes Miss Ethel Barrymore look like the late lamented Bert Savoy."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The Brooklyn Bridge appeared in the film “Every Day's a Holiday” starring Mae West. George C Parker, a confidence trickster, "sold" the bridge to unsuspecting businessmen who believed they could set up and operate tolls.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I'd rather make pictures than whoopee.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An event calendar mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West takes an admirer's call in her bedroom, promoting her 1937 NBC radio appearance on Edgar Bergen's "Chase and Sanborn Hour," co-hosted by ventriloquist puppet Charlie McCarthy.
• • Mae is pictured wearing the elaborate Juel Park Beverly Hills negligee.   . . .
• • Source: Item in Arts Calendar; published on Sunday, 7 July 2013
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3932nd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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