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Trump Family’s Bizarre Goth Visit to Vatican Sparks Meme Wave

by Michael Anthony Farley on May 25, 2017
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Donald, Melania, and Ivanka Trump paid an extremely awkward visit to the Pope this week, and the only ones who seemed to enjoy themselves were everyone on the internet. This is the latest in a string of GIF-able, meme-able moments from a Mediterranean-spanning trip plagued by bad optics.

Of particular note were the bizarre goth ensembles donned by Ivana and Melania, adding to the somber vibe. Apparently it’s some Catholic custom (that seems out of the Dark Ages) for women to cover up when meeting the Pope. The Trump ladies took this as an opportunity to dress like Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice. We wish we had these outfits for our Goth Opera party!

One irony in this, of course, is that the conservative internet went wild praising Melania for not wearing a headscarf when visiting Saudi Arabia. The biggest irony? Trump criticized Michelle Obama when she decided to forgo a headscarf when visiting Saudi Arabia as First Lady.

The hypocrisy never ends, but at least the human trainwreck that is the First Family provides us all with plenty of LOLs to distract from the fact that they’re destroying civilization as we know it.

Below, some of my favorite memes from the Vatican trip—drawing comparisons to everything from the camp classic Death Becomes Her to Hot Topic employees.

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Next 50 People to Buy an AFC Goth Benefit Ticket Get a Limited Edition T-Shirt!

by The AFC Staff on April 7, 2017
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When: April 18, 2017, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: Collapsable Hole, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY
When: April 18, 2017, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: Collapsable Hole, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY
Advanced Tickets:

  • Artist/Student/Musician—$75.
  • Individual—$150
  • Gothic coupling (the ultimate date night for those who come in costume):$250

Additional donation levels and perks available. Tickets at the door cost $100 for artists and $200 for individuals. 
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Good news readers! If you’re one of the next 50 people to buy a ticket to the Art F City Goth Benefit, you get a limited edition t-shirt out of the deal. This isn’t any ordinary t-shirt. We worked with designer Phillip Niemeyer to produce this design, which pairs the famous logo of the Bauhaus School of Design—later, appropriated and popularized by the goth band, Bauhaus, with the Art F City Goth Opera logo. Perfectly balanced, this design represents the brave spareness within the best Modernist work, with the courage imbued within goth culture and the art world at large. But act fast. There are only 50 t-shirts and they won’t be available for long.

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Bathing In The Purple Rain At Sam McKinniss’ “Egyptian Violet”

by Emily Colucci on October 21, 2016
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Some exhibitions raise more questions than they answer. Take Sam McKinniss’ current show Egyptian Violet at team (gallery, inc.), which presents a sense of unease and potential for violence in his fan boy paintings of celebrities and movie characters. The subject matter is thoughtfully curated and carefully painted and yet, it is still difficult to pin down McKinniss’ exact critique. Is it a general representation of our anxiety-ridden era in 2016? A statement, à la A.L. Steiner’s 30 Days of Mo:)rning, about how everything is going wrong at once? A critique of the vacuity of pop culture? A death obsession? Or is there no real social critique at all? I left the show with no clear answer.

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