Wednesday, October 31
Happy Halloween! And a happy 100th post to me! I'm glad there's a least a few of you out there that find as much enjoyment with the Food Network as I do. I always appreciate your comments and e-mails.
I love Halloween and have always loved the specials that air on TV during October. Thankfully, the Food Network did not disappoint this year.
Sandra Lee, the one I love to have a little good-natured fun with, really took it over the edge this year (I apologize if this is an old episode; first time I'd seen it) and actually had more gay icons on her show than Ina Garten!
That's right! Typically Ina can't get through an episode without having a well-dressed dandy drop by with a surprise flower arrangement or free ballet lesson.
I kid, I kid. Let's get to it, though. The comparisons!
Aunt Sandy first came out as Cher. Her wig (which she cautioned repeatedly to avoid getting it in the food) looked more like a boa than a Bob Mackie original. Still, not bad.
THEN Sandra Lee vogued on out as Madonna. I like to think of Sandra just dressing up all crazy by herself, drinking cocktails. It's better to be by herself in those situations and not frighten those darling little nieces and nephews.
Sandra tells us this little tale about how when she was in college she won "free tickets to her concert in Madison, Wisconsin" and had to jump in her car and drive from Lacrosse to get there in time.
Hmmm... sweet story, Sandra, but I checked and Madonna never played in Madison! The only time her official Web site lists a concert played anywhere in Wisconsin was 1987, and that was in East Troy-- nearly 2 hours away. Nice try, Sandy. I never buy those little stories that they tell about their personal connection to whatever like, "When I was 2 months old, my mom used to make this pie and I would help her while I studied the dictionary and learned sign language" --- please!
I hate to say this, but Sandra actually made a pretty good Barbra. Maybe that's not really a compliment since so many drag queens make really good Barbras, too. Nevertheless, the makeup, hair and nose were right on.
If there was ever an icon that could epitomize Sandra in terms of drinking, awkward behavior, and flashy costumes, it'd be Liza. Sandra really seemed to fit right in with this getup, and I wouldn't doubt you'd see someone very similar to Liza after you got a few stiff drinks into Aunt Sandy. Bravo!
Well, I know I mentioned I'd be posting pics of Michael Chiarello today in his Halloween costumes, but I thought I had enough gay icons up for today! HA! Zinger!
Hmm... anyhow, I hope these costumes of Sandra Lee inspire you to:
Keep it crazy
Keep it inebriated
Keep it frightening
and always keep it, semi-ho made.
(Sorry, couldn't help that one. Needed to end it somehow)