Saturday, November 24, 2012
Karen's performance of Visa was both funny and meaningful. Not only was her acting meant to be over the top and controversial, but it was also meant to address important issues in today's society. The role of Visa, a Cuban sex-worker in Los Angeles, used sexual and crude humor to deliver her stance on transgender issues, immigration issues, and political issues. One of the lines that stood out to me was when she said she would (if she could) hide all of the refugees and illegal immigrants in her “pussy” which was hilarious but also played in to how ridiculous a lot of the immigration laws are especially in Arizona. As for the controversy with the two transgender people at the convention, I can understand where they are coming from because the performance could have came off a bit offensive and insensitive. On the other hand, Karen in no way meant for Visa to be a representation of any group of people and rather it was meant to portray a particular character with those ideas and insane qualities. The element of surprise definitely worked because at first when Visa walked into the room, I wasn’t sure if it was planned or not. So I felt Karen’s technique of surprise was great. Lastly, I was shocked by how much of a transformation she made from Visa the character back to Karen. That just goes to show how great of an actress and artist she is.