Let me say right off the bat that I like the singer Ke$ha.
Think you don’t know her? You probably do; you couldn’t escape “Tik Tok” a few years ago.
I’m entertained by Ke$ha’s dirty-girl image. I was into it when she wore a trash bag to the 2010 MTV VMAs, a la Debbie Harry. I also approved of the headdress she made from her fans’ teeth. I’ve done some tooth art myself. But the fact that a penis-shaped pendant from Ke$ha’s jewelry line is reportedly selling out — well, that makes me shake my head.
I guess a celebrity name can sell anything! ANYTHING! Because I know what kind of reactions I would get if I showed this as part of my line and they wouldn’t involve the words “sold out.” My gorgeous publicist Sakita Holley from House of Success knows too. Here is her version of a likely retailer response to any Wendy Brandes penis jewelry:
“Wendy, we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your collection but unfortunately we can’t buy these pieces. Our girl is a mainstream, awkward, edgy, goth, preppy shemale who loves porn but SHE’D NEVER BE CAUGHT DEAD WEARING THIS.”
I will let Homer Simpson portray how I reacted to the above.
Or maybe I’d be told my penis jewelry was too mainstream. It would be either one extreme or the other, guaranteed. Hmmm … maybe I need to start a music career in order to take my jewelry to the next level. Looking up “voice lessons” right now!
UPDATED TO ADD: Thanks to commenter Brie for pointing out that Queen of Punk Vivienne Westwood has been there, done that when it comes to penis jewelry. In fact, she did it for her Anglomania show way back in 1993. She reproduced (ha!) some of those pieces recently. There are none on her website now but if you search for “Westwood” and “penis,” you’ll find it. This is my favorite. Pretty in pink!