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September 10, 2014 Comments (3) Views: 1930 Drag, Escandalo, News

Facebook Gestapo orders more Seattle performers to ‘sashay away’ their stage names

This is Facebook's world, we're just living in it.

This is Facebook’s world, we’re just living in it.

Like a bunch of mouth-breathing, pissed off Sentinels hunting after fabulous X-Men, the Facebook Corporation has gone full steam ahead with enforcing their myopic policy of not having “fake names,” putting a dent into many performers’ social media presence across Seattle. Yesterday, I reported on the annoying pandemic that had infected only a handful of Seattle performers.

And now, more of ’em have fell victim to the quasi-homophobia.

I say that only because for years, Facebook has let many people put random phrases between their names. For example, I once saw Tiffany ICanDoBadAllByMyselfAndIDontNeedYouEver Brown. Or, people just put various words like “Equality” and “Bad Ass” between their actual name. Why were those Facebook users never targeted for account deletion? Why weren’t those deemed fake names, but Amoania is a farce?

Cherry “Gina Sterling” Sur Bete might be the face of this movement, but today she was joined by a fellow member of the Haus of LadyDude, Ursula Major. Elsewhere, the bubblebutt go-go sensation of Seattle that is Baby Bear was also forced to switch over, opting for Rasputin Xerces. Alaskan native Deja Nouveau was also spotted by the Facebook heathens and has since been locked out of her account.

Cute little Baby Bear was forced to change his Facebook handle to 'Rasputin Xerces,' prompting Kevin Kauer to quip about being a Russian ice-skater. We'll pour out some porridge for your loss, Mr. Bear.

Cute little Baby Bear was forced to change his Facebook handle to ‘Rasputin Xerces,’ prompting Kevin Kauer to quip about being a Russian ice-skater. We’ll pour out some porridge for your loss, Mr. Bear.

The problem here is that Facebook is strong arming many performers to switch their pages over to Fan Pages/Like Pages, which for all intents and purposes, are the most useless thing on Facebook. Unless you have thousands of dollars to shell out for ads to get your page boosted for views, Like Page posts get lost among a sea of InstaGrams and viral trends.

I wish there was something more that we as a community could do, but for now performers will just have to rely on Twitter and InstaGram to keep their stage names prominent. Dozens of queens and burly-girls are becoming alert and some have preemptively switched their pages over to Fan Pages, so that they don’t lose their photos.

As for now, Olivia LaGarce remains unscathed and DonnaTella Howe SURPRISINGLY hasn’t been blacklisted. Shocking, right?

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3 Responses to Facebook Gestapo orders more Seattle performers to ‘sashay away’ their stage names

  1. […] story is one in several, with other performers in drag and burlesque communities all over the country being forced to change their names on […]

  2. […] Starr had been forced to change her Facebook name three or four months prior. A follow-up post the next day┬ánoted that several more performers had fallen victim to the policy, and others were pre-emptively […]