IN “THE SOUND AND THE Fury,” (2/16), Genghis spoke of the “news media that wants to shut us down” and directed his anger towards “the white man” in the audience, Darrow Montgomery, who represented that media. I hope that his point was well understood by the Washington City Paper, and portrays the story from the viewpoint of the person on the other side of the camera or the pen.
The band’s manager had given Darrow Montgomery permission to take pictures, but what about Genghis? Had anyone talked to him? I would be pissed, too, if I were him. I would be thinking, “How the phuck would someone, especially this white dude, get a camera in the club? Didn’t he get frisked at the door? And why in the phuck is he taking pictures of me? In the Ibex of all places!” (By the way, are those off-duty cops at the door, or proctologists?)
Stephanie Mencimer seems to have exchanged a few words while there. Speaking to the cops, the manager of the club, the kid that was stabbed, and a couple of patrons (Shout out to the 301 Honies!). But their input seemed to be only related to the violent aspects of go-go. Which makes me wonder, are all our minds so clouded by the everyday violence of D.C. that every thought or comment we have in relationship to an event in this city is tinged with the thought of violence? Or is that the image Mencimer wanted to portray because it made for a good story?
D.C. go-go has yet to experience a medium in which it gets a fair portrayal, and as long as those who are attempting to give it voice are members of the establishment, it will never truly be heard.
Upper Marlboro, Md.