Re. JT Leroy
Having thought I should talk about the JT Leroy thing, now I'm not sure what to say that isn't either obvious or something I've already ranted about on this blog. Nonetheless, here goes. First, the discovery that Astor/Jeffrey's female relative is the public JT really is the smoking gun, even though, as killer luka mentioned and corpodibacco illustrated, there are now and will surely continue to be people who cling to their belief due to whatever psychological need and stubbornness or, in the case of JT's "famous friends," presumably out of pride and ego. Still, the scam is finally in its endgame. The fact is that with the public JT exposed as a fake, there really is no way that a JT Leroy as we knew him could exist. He would have to be hidden away from the world somewhere (albeit with a phone) and not only be the person he has claiimed to be all along but also a pathological liar since this theoretical JT has been perpetuating the idea that it has been he himself doing all these photo shoots and readings and so on. Plus he would need to be simultaneously the sweet, innocent, ultra-sympathetic victim of the world that made so many, many of us go out of our way to lend him support as well as a person so amoral and heartless that he would have allowed himself and others to lie to and manipulate countless people who gave their time and energy to him out of the goodness of our hearts. Is that more plausible than the idea that an aspiring writer in her late thirties pretended (albeit in an elaborate fashion) to be a teenaged street hustler to get attention? No, it's not, and there are precedents for Laura Alpert's scam while the only precedents for the idea that a 'secret real JT' exists are in fiction. As I've said before, there was a time when I knew this supposed JT very well, years when I talked to him on the phone every day, and was told by him (as he later told innumerable people) that I was the most important person in his life, his saviour, the person he loved the most in the world, etc, etc. That JT Leroy was dying of AIDS, covered with karposi sarcoma and so many scars from the abuse he'd received and the self-abuse he'd inflicted on himself that he couldn't go outside because people stared at him, had multiple personality disorder and would call me at all hours of the day and night talking for hours in his various personalities, was seriously addicted to heroin, claimed he had been so horribly abused that he had never developed sexuallly and had useless genitals that were the size of an infant's, sent me pictures of himself in which he bears no resemblance to the person who has subsequently been presented as him, claimed to have never attended school in his life or have had any education whatsoever, was constantly theatening to either commit suicide or find some s&m master who would kill him and expected me to spend hours talking him out of letting this happen, and so on and so on. That was my JT Leroy, who, obviously, does not exactly line up with the star-schmoozing photo op hound/hip gender bending, Warhol referencing writer character who represents the recent "real" JT. But everybody has had their own version foisted on them that uses the basic essentials -- former child prostutute, abused, evil mother, etc. -- and a lot of details that have been refined to create a character who would be the most sympathetic to the person to whom JT was talking. Someday when the dust settles all the different stories will come out and it will be quite fascinating to mix and match. It'll be fascinating to find out how and precisely why Laura did it, if she wrote the books by herself or in collaboration with others, and learn all the little details that might turn this currently ugly, sadistic, greedy game into something worth wasting brain cells and conversation on. But for now I just hope that the people who've been taken will swallow their pride and begin to entertain the fact that that they were fooled, and that it's okay to have been fooled. No one was more fooled than me, and it blows my mind that I bought the whole story for so many years, but accepting that I was really gullible for what I believed was a good cause is really okay and kind of interesting when I'm not angry at Laura for fucking me over. Until the celebrity "close friends" of JT and the people around Laura and Jeffrey and Jeffrey's relative stop giving their full support to their mythical friend, this thing is going to continue to die in a slow, torturous fashion that, as far as I'm concerned, is nothing but depressing and tiresome. Let's get to the fun part. If Laura were truly an evil genius, and if she weren't so understandably afraid of the backlash from hell that she's going to get from the fans and celebrity supporters who've been propping this thing up the last couple of months, she'd cop to the truth now and sell the movie rights and book rights and spend the rest of her life being the minor celebrity she's always wanted to be. I fear she's going try to spin this "new development" in her/JT's favor, although it's hard to know how she could and expect to convince anyone who isn't on her payroll, and I really fear that there are just enough desperate fans and egomaniacal, finger crossing famous people and business associates out there willing to let her make the inevitable death of 'JT Leroy' as gruesome and uninteresting as it is possible for it to be. But we'll see. So, that's what think as of today. And you?