Our girl Sharon Needles was all set to perform at the Life Ball in Austria this weekend, perhaps the biggest AIDS fundraising event of the year. But according to reports she was banned from the event and asked to return to the States after making a joke to journalists about Austria being the birthplace of Hitler.
Oh, and she was apparently drinking a bit on the plane ride over and spewed beer on the restroom door, something she says has been exaggerated.
Wanting to get the story firsthand we reached out to Sharon, who told us she doesn’t deny making a comment about Hitler:
“I will always use off-putting humor in my work. What Life Ball did was try to censor me from the media, cut me out of the show, and make it seem like I wasn’t there, which is media manipulation and creating propaganda.
The only regret I have is not being able to perform in front of my Austrian fans, which are some of the best in the world. Let’s face it, Sharon Needles is more suited at a Death Ball. After speaking to several Austrian locals, young and old, gay and straight, I realized there was nothing done wrong on my part—Life Ball was just trying to protect their sponsors. I was raised on such great transgressive artists as Divine, Lady Bunny, Shirley Q. Liquor, and the queen herself RuPaul, who taught me that boundaries have to be pushed, and history should not be forgotten.
As for the speculation of my behavior on a plane full of Club Kids, that’s merely hearsay, speculation and exaggeration, and I would not expect anything less from New York’s finest. Andy Warhol once said your worst day is your best tape. Man was that plane a great tape.
And there you have it kids.