[Joan Jett Blakk at C.I.S.P.E.S. Benefit]

Raw footage by Bill Stamets of Joan Jett Blakk, Queer Nation's candidate for president in 1992, at a benefit for C.I.S.P.E.S. (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador).

00:00Copy video clip URL Joan Jett Blakk puts on false eyelashes and talks to filmmaker Bill Stamets about the speech she plans to give later at the event. “I’m gonna talk off the top of my head but I’ll tell ya–what’s going on in El Salvador is not funny. I can’t make a joke about it. So I’m gonna make a joke about the C.I.A.–it’s easier to make a joke about the C.I.A.”

00:53Copy video clip URL ¬†Stamets asks if Blakk plans to use the event to detail her foreign policy positions. “My foreign policy has always been what it was in the beginning–I know boys from France, I know boys from England, I know boys from Spain, I know boys from Italy. That’s my foreign policy. The ‘in-the-bed’ policy.”

02:56Copy video clip URL Blakk talks about traveling to Evanston with Queer Nation members for National Coming Out Day.

08:15Copy video clip URL Footage of Blakk and her fellow drag queens driving to the C.I.S.P.E.S. benefit.

10:05Copy video clip URL Blakk arrives at the benefit and mingles with attendees.

12:37Copy video clip URL C.I.S.P.E.S. volunteers set up a Jeopardy game with the categories “Stupid Things Ronald Reagan Said,” “El Salvador,” “Lies of Our Times,” and “Eurocentric, NOT.”

20:45Copy video clip URL A DJ and live musicians set up for the Dance-a-thon in front of an FMLN (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front) banner.

21:32Copy video clip URL Joan Jett Blakk takes the stage, and instructs everyone in the audience to pick up a copy of Ebony Magazine, because the C.I.A. had taken out a full-page ad under the headline, “It is Our Business to Know the World’s Business.”

25:14Copy video clip URL Blakk talks about firing everyone in Washington. “If you don’t elect me president, we’re gonna have to go to another planet.”

27:03Copy video clip URL After painting the White House lavender, ¬†“I’m gonna be the only president to answer the White House phone by myself… it’s gonna be a personal administration.” Blakk then talks about eliminating voter registration laws after extremely low voter turnout in the 1988 presidential election.

31:00Copy video clip URL Blakk talks about spitting on US Representative Dan Rostenkowski’s front door while working as a flower deliveryman for a greenhouse.

31:25Copy video clip URL “By the way–our campaign slogan in 1992 is, ‘Lick Bush in ’92!'”

33:55Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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