Drag Riffing On Music and Guns

Just another way to stay sane amidst the crazy

Terry Barr
5 min readApr 5


Photo by Alejandro Cartagena 🇲🇽🏳‍🌈 on Unsplash

I forgot to watch the CMT Music Awards on Sunday night, mainly because I’ve become obsessed with Under the Banner of Heaven, the Hulu/FX original series based on Jon Krakauer’s book, which I should have read but which I’m not sure I will read now, because just how deep in the fundamentalist crazy land can I stand to wade?

I have one episode in the series left to watch, so no spoiler alerts from me or anyone else, except to note that there are Mormons in this show who are awfully cruel to dogs, and each other, which makes them more mainstream than maybe they want to be.

So it took me a few days to hear about that CMT show, which was hosted by Kelsea Ballerini, who also hosted SNL a few weeks ago, proving that she’s this moment’s IT woman in a good way, as opposed to another blond-headed woman, from Georgia, who is certainly another form of “it” all right, as in that old sci-fi cultie film from the 50’s It Came From Outer Space (and I don’t mean anything like “Space Cowboy,” either).

I mean, did you read the morning news or watch the little scene in the park across from the courthouse yesterday where the seeming fascist and clearly white supremacist MAGA pinup girl made some…curious comparisons between “saviors”:

It was perhaps inevitable that, with Donald Trump’s historic arraignment taking place in the run-up to Easter Sunday, one of his most zealous disciples, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, would aim to drag Jesus into this mess.

The former president “is joining some of the most incredible people in history being arrested,” the MAGA chaos agent blathered to a conservative news outlet just hours before Mr. Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts related to a hush-money deal with a porn star. “Jesus! Jesus was arrested and murdered by the Roman government!” proclaimed Ms. Greene (https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/05/opinion/trump-speech-mar-a-lago.html).

Love the play on “drag” here.

Sometimes missing things is the way to go, but there’s video if ya wanna go there. And if not, there’s this:



Terry Barr

I write about music, culture, equality, and my Alabama past in The Riff, The Memoirist, Prism and Pen, Counter Arts, and am an editor for Plethora of Pop.