Seize Control of the Taj Mahal

1991 | 00:29:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | 8mm video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Comedy, Gender, LGBTQ, Performance, Politics, Television, TV production

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In this episode of The Brenda and Glennda Show, Brenda and Glennda lead a group of drag queens on a trip to Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Intended to be a drag queen gambling getaway and a public stage for drag visibilty, the trip turns into a moment of protest and reflection incited by homophobic discrimination. The group is kicked out of the gambling area for supposedly wearing excessive makeup and inapprorpiate, flashy attire — somehow unlike and worse than that of the casino's showgirls and other heavily powdered female patrons. What emerges on the Boardwalk outside of the casino is a talk show taking the form of a series of interviews with workers, onlookers, and fellow drag queens that reveal the polarized attitudes towards drag, gender, and sexuality in everyday America. The many topics dicussed include discrimination against gays and drag queens, President George Bush’s invasion of Iraq, and presciently, Donald Trump.

An episode of The Brenda and Glennda Show, hosted by Brenda Sexual and Glennda Orgasm. Also featuring Buffy Davis, Hedda Lettuce, Wynona Lettuce, and Miss Understood.

“If you know any gay gamblers or drag queen gamblers, don’t gamble here, because a dollar for the Trump Taj Mahal is a dollar for homophobia.” 

— Brenda Sexual

Exhibitions + Festivals

49th International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2020

We Don't Want Your MTV, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL 2020