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Final Draft There is a general consensus about things our society labels as Taboo The sort of topics looked down upon range from prostitution to age of consent Most will agree that taboo issues are not morally correct But there are some things that are taboo which need a little more thought before being put into that category Gender bending has continuously been made into a horrible thing not to be mentioned unless it is the center of a joke Paris Is Burning presents the real life story of gay men in Harlem who come together in one desperate act of self-fulfillment By selecting related interview clips and juxtaposing them between actual shots of competitions Jennie Livingston connects and expresses struggle and hardship as the glue that holds gay Harlem together In addition she hopes to send a message that creates an overall view of a family unit apparent and necessary in gay metropolitan life What exactly is a ball Pepper Labeija remarks Gay people men gather together under one roof and decide to have a competition amongst themselves The ball scene is the first that gives the viewer a glimpse of the event circuit the film focuses on We see a cutaway from the bold word BALLS to the ballroom where men are hauling giant trophies across the open stage What follows are scenes of dance and performance with over laying narration of actual ball participants who are explaining the significance of the trophies and fame that come with the event An interview with Pepper Labejia reveals that these balls are like the Oscars for them Next are various clips from fashion magazines designer stores and people shopping The scenes are of all white people The black narrator is talking the entire time of how uncomfortable it is to be poor in life and of a much-desired luxurious one The scene cuts back to focus on trophies again All
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