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  1. tigtog
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    OK, have just caught up with this whole story via your Further Reading links. Wow.

    First off to the concept/sham/hoax: I do understand why Palmer would want to come up with something she can perform/sell records with that doesn’t add to her current recording contract woes. I do understand that she has a history of doing circus themes in her performances. But none of that makes her denial/dismissal of the mistakes she has made in creating these characters for this performance OK. That nobody around her saw anything wrong with this (or if they did, she ignored them) does not make them right and the critics wrong, either – it makes the ignorant privilege on display even more gobsmacking.

    Secondly: I’m totally with you on the astonishment with people claiming that conjoined twins are not disabled. The particular social construction of disability that must exist in these people’s heads can only be of the most hornswoggling kind.

  2. Level Best
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    Clearly, Palmer and Webley will do anything for acknowledgement–apparently even causing distress and harm to countless people who don’t deserve or need it. Is anyone else as sick of “edginess” as I?

  3. Lisa A
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    Yeah, it’s oh so edgy to mock conjoined twins. Hint: if there’s been a Farrelly Brothers movie doing the same thing you’re doing? It is certainly not new, and it was never hilariously edgy – just insulting. (The child porn and slavery are just icing on the failcake, really.)

  4. This is not cool. Or edgy. Or artistic. | ???

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  5. Fire Fly
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    I’m really disappointed because after going along to her impromptu free promo gig at the Opera House steps last week where she begged fans for support because she’s a Twoo Arteeste who doesn’t run like the rest of the money making music machine, I bought a ticket to her show. It was false advertising. I want my money back.

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