requiescat in pace, miss helen

It’s not just that she was a CONSTANT, RELENTLESS, RUTHLESS, TRUTH-SEEKING, IRRITANT to the most powerful men in the world who hid behind an iconic podium and shook and cowered in their $2,000 shoes before her — it was that she was COMPLETELY FUCKING FEARLESS in her CONSTANT, RELENTLESS, RUTHLESS, TRUTH-SEEKING IRRITATION. With Helen Thomas and her perpetual red dress firmly planted on her dedicated perch in the front row of the White House Briefing Room, they got away with NOTHING. She was both their TORMENTOR…and their LIBERATOR.

For SEVEN DECADES…Miss Helen Thomas was THE QUEEN OF DGAF. For SEVEN DECADES…when it came to hunting down THE TRUTH, she gave a fuck SO much, that she DIDN’T GIVE A FUCK — and because of this unbowed tenacity, she earned the respect of journalists, politicians, and citizens alike, from BOTH SIDES of the political and cultural spectrum. As a Feminist, even as a young girl, she was a HUGE hero of mine, inspiring me all of my life to PUSH ON…HARD and WITHOUT FEAR.

Her Kind shall not pass this way again.

Requiescat in pace, Miss Helen Thomas.

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About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and hipmama.com. She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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