The only thing that makes me glad is that now I know never to go anywhere near her stuff or her again. EVER. Especially after she Tweeted: setting aside 846 emails and removing the disabled feminists from her mental periphery, @amandapalmer sat down to plan her next record.
Ah, so not only does Palmer decide to basically fling every ablist trope in the book at folks, but when those same folks (some of then fans) try to tell her that it's offensive, hurtful, and adds to their oppression as persons with disabilities, she just decides to ignore them. Yet another classic move from the "How To Defend Your Privilege" playbook.
I find it really ironic that Palmer seems to believe she is doing something edgy and artistic when she's really just recycling and spitting out the same old material society has been recycling re: disabled people for centuries. She's actually being about as cliche and trite as you can get before you start actively plagiarizing other folks. Does she think the "disabled folk who 'overcome' their disability with the help of able bodied folks, thus becoming an inspiration" story has never been done? Does she think the "circus freak" story has never been told. Yeah, uh, that story was done with back in 1932 when Freaks came out.
Because trust me, every "inspirational" movie, TV episode, and made-for-television drama about a person with a disability is basically this story more or less. There are a few shining examples to the contrary, but for the most part? Palmer is retelling an old, old story. She's not subverting anything, she's reinforcing the status quo of ablism. Her project gets a bingo, and maybe even the entire thing on the Ablism Bingo Card. (Thanks to haddayr for the card/link, you rock!).
To act out of privilege is not to be edgy, but to wrap yourself in the ultimate cliche, to tell the same story old that society has been telling about those considered Other since it began.
The most profound, lasting, spectacular acts of rebellion are those staged by the oppressed to reclaim themselves, their bodies, their right to dignity and equality. When art acts to shatter expectations and to shred the old, old lies that oppressors tell, when it subverts expectations and twists them back into truth, that's when it's truly art. That's when it's truly edgy.
I know what edgy is. This ain't it.