A BAD ROLE MODEL
TMI junk. Because I’m feeling introspective, and some of you seem to enjoy me confessing how terrible I am.
Little Shop of Horrors is my favorite for like 50 reasons, but when I first saw it at 13, Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello totally ruined me.
Now, I’ve always been pretty well-behaved, so my urges were mostly dished out on dolls and with innocent roughhousing. Even before I knew what rape was, I’d write PG-version roundabouts with kidnapping + demonic corruption. But with Little Shop… that was the first time I saw my feelings “normalized”. In a sense. There was a name, a whole category for the inklings of mental and physical violation that sent my little heart aflutter.
Orin is easily my most notable girlhood crush. Flamboyant, intimidating, self-aware, self-assured, and a beautiful range of expression. Totally at peace with being Technically Actually Evil. Needless to say, I watched his scenes over and over. I loved seeing him push people around, both at work and in his personal life, but especially? It meant so, so much to me to finally see a Bad Guy with a thriving, respectable career, uncompromisingly doing what he loved. With no Good Guy by-default poised to knock him over.
I guess sadistic little shits appreciate equal representation just as much as anybody.
What an inspiration. I mean, his whole introductory song is about finding an acceptable outlet for his needs. (With very-googlable references. Have you even read “120 Days of Sodom”? IT’Ssss… absurdly long.) AND! Career-wise, Orin would have continued to do just fine for himself in the cartoonish world-logic of Little Shop if it wasn’t for an (also excellent) goddamn alien plant monster giving Seymour ideas.
Anyway. So that’s how I figured out I wasn’t, like, doomed to become a serial killer (oh my GOD I am ever not cut out for that life) and also why I thought I was into BDSM for a couple years, until I finally just said it: “most of this leather junk looks fuckin’ stupid.”
And yeah, Jack is definitely a dentist partly in homage.
Now I shudder to think what would have happened if Repo! was around when I hit puberty. Between Luigi Largo and “Thankless Job"… And the hideous video and sound editing… sheesh.
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- ravenoushyenaface said: I’m into bdsm, but the black leather clothes and shit really are barely a part of it for me. Whips are welcome though.
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