I’ve been hearing murmured buzz about this for a few months now, and finally took the time to Google it last night.
Needless to say, I am appalled. I am horrified. I am also not terribly surprised.
The first time I saw Rocky Horror, I was about six. My Uncle Sal let me watch it (because he’s awesome), and I thought men dressing up like women and jumping into other men’s beds was the coolest thing EVER. I promptly learned how to do The Time Warp, showed my first grade teacher, and the phone calls home about “Samantha’s odd behavior” began. I watched it every day after school all through elementary, dressed up as Magenta for every Halloween throughout Junior High, and by the time I was 14 was attending the midnight showings in the East Village. I wanted to grow up to play Lips.
And now, here comes MTV, threatening to not only remake the 1975 classic, but add new songs.
“I have no view on whether it should be remade, but it doesn’t have my blessing”, says Richard O’Brien, better known to us Transilvanians as Riff Raff, whom also wrote the original book, music, and lyrics.
Thankfully, there isn’t any recent news on the subject, but help voice your opinion against the remake by signing the petition at Stop the Remake. My name is on there, and we can all jump to the left with little peace of mind.