Wednesday, November 24, 2010
An image makeover
I got off of the phone with the Rat Bastard G yesterday whom informed me that he is tiring of his 5 week old goatee and is considering shaving it off. I asked him why he wants to get rid of it so soon after growing it and he informed me he just wants to go another direction with his appearance.
Initially, I thought the idea was kind of loopey in the first place as it does not quite match his persona as a fat, old, white rapper. Oddly, his act as an opener for the Green Comic, has been met with positive feedback. G is kind of like a bad boy Barry Manilow: crisp around the edges and kind of doughy in the middle. Anyway, he doesn't seem to care about what his audience may think. He is thinking of jettisoning it all.
This conversation got me thinking. Instead of ditching the goatee and re-embracing his personna as the middle aged answer to the 90's rapper Vanilla Ice, I think he ought to attempt to shift his direction entirely and become more like Emperor Wang the Perverted character in the 1970's science fiction/porno parody Flesh Gordon. Obviously, there is risk in trading out your fanbase. And yes, you are going to need to come up with a new tagline. In the meantime, you can always use the one that brought laughs for Emperor Wang: "Up yours, Gordon".