By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit
Exile in Happy Valley
America has had some shit years lately, in fact, rapping about the general Spenglerian shitty-ness of America on the brink of decline has become a traditional feature of this annual list. But I doubt even Spengler would argue with my decadent Queer ass that 2020 is the undisputed motherfucker of all shit years. I mean, we literally had a plague for Christ’s sake. The shit has gone biblical. Between COVID murdering people, the police murdering people, and the COVID police murdering what’s left of democracy in the name of not murdering people, this year has pretty much been 80% to 90% murdering people.
But every cloud of shit has its silver lining. In times of great crisis, renegades find opportunity, and that is precisely what this list is for, a celebration of renegades for renegades by a renegade. People on this list aren’t perfect. Some of them can be fucking assholes. But this year, the Year of the Shit, these dearest motherfuckers got in a few punches for the freaks, and I’m gonna celebrate them regardless of whether I get along with them, and if anybody’s got a problem with that they can line up and kiss my Queer ass. In 2020, these motherfuckers didn’t suck. In fact, some of them were downright heroic. Let’s salute them.
Rose McGowan– The MeToo Movement died a rather fast and undignified death this year at the hands of it’s own founders the moment Tara Reade came forward about a sexual predator they had already fallen for. Rose got the memo, she just chose to jam it up their collective ass. After coming forward about being one of Harvey Weinstein’s many victims, McGowan became a leader of this feminist movement. But when her comrades decided to get another rapist elected president, she burned what was left of it to the ground, torching every last bridge she had left in Hollywood along the way. I’ve adored Rose since falling in love with the Queer teen cult film, The Doom Generation, in high school. But Amy Blue ain’t got shit on the real thing. Real feminists don’t let feminists vote for rapists. Anyone who’s got a problem with that can eat our fuck.
Garret Foster– Garret Foster became a martyr for bottom unity this year when he was shot dead putting his body between a crowd and a killer during an anti-police brutality protest in Austin, Texas. A 28 year old veteran and unapologetic gun nut, Garrett had become a fixture at his local George Floyd uprising, always with his AK and his high school sweetheart, a quadruple amputee and Black Lives Matter activist named Whitney Mitchell. When a psychotic Army sergeant charged the crowd with his car, Garret instinctively put himself in front of his fiancé and their fellow marchers and was murdered for his heroism. Garret foster is a clear example of why I write this blog. To bring radicals, left and right, black and white, together against the state. We owe it to Garret to make sure his death was not in vain, just like he owed the same to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The march goes on. They can’t run us all down.