Drag Queen Artist Maureen Mullarkey’s Confused Position on Her Subjects


Artist Maureen Mullarkey is known, among other things, for her paintings of drag queens, gay pride parades, and all types of homos in her Guise & Dolls series. But guess whose name was on a list of Prop 8 donors? Ms. Mullarkey’s, that’s who. We told you about her yesterday, and after threatening to sue a reporter working on a story about her — artists do love their First Amendment — she’s finally responding to criticism.

Calling the attacks on her character similar to Nazi “brownshirt tactics,” Mullarkey says, “Artists are not in the habit of imposing ideological conformity on one another or demanding it from others. Moreover, regard for individual gay persons does not require assent to a politicized assault on bedrock social reality and the common good.”

Anyone else’s bullshit detector going off?

Ms. Mullarkey’s email address is [email protected]