I guess it really is Fall. I guess it’s Autumn. I guess this happens every year. But this elephant always forgets.
I am a sucker for Dumbo’s eyes. and Pinocchio’s. I guess the thing they have in common, besides/because of the whites of their eyes, is that people want to exploit them as performers. In the circus, Dumbo has to dress up like a clown baby and stand in the window of a burning building. Top floor. While a bunch of fire department circus clowns “rescue” him. A clown dressed in elephant mommy drag histrionically screams “my baby! my baby! save my child!” while Dumbo’s real mom is shackled to the inside of a car on the circus train. The car is labeled: MAD ELEPHANT. At the end of the act, Dumbo jumps out of the window (correction: he’s pushed and made to look like he jumps) to land on one of those fire department canvas landing pads. But the canvas is a facade. He falls right through it into a pool of whipped cream.
This sounds fun to me. But you can tell it’s not fun for Dumbo. He’s humiliated and scared. The clowns/ringmaster were sort of banking on that feeling. They knew that’s what was thrilling about the number for the audience. the humiliation and the fear.
I feel very Phantom of the Opera fantasy mask about it. Like part of me is the ringmaster and the other part is Dumbo. I can get into humiliation. I usually learn a lot about what my fucking problem is.
Tonight I’m going down to Occupy Wall Street for the first time. So are a big group of Marines.