Preserving, Protecting and Promoting Jerome Caja’s Artistic Legacy
This is at the core of our mission here at The Jerome Project. The removal of Ric Warren’s Jerome video from YouTube underscores the importance of our goal.
Several weeks back I got an email from my friend Ric, who was frustrated and annoyed with YouTube for pulling his Jerome Caja video “Venus with a Penis” off their website. Ric had first posted the video long before I even created The Jerome Project back in 2010. His video was key in keeping Jerome’s spirit alive for many, many years, and it was also instrumental in illustrating the need for a feature-length documentary film on Jerome.
Like many of us queers from the late 80’s and early 90’s in San Francisco, we are activists at heart and do not take No for an answer. Ric kept re-publishing “Venus with a Penis” many times, but it was always getting taken down for supposedly violating YouTube’s adult-content policies. It had been public for over 10+ years without any red flags or inappropriate-content problems.
Is it porn? Is it art? Is it pornographic art? Do we know it when we see it? It seems that Ric’s video is mistakenly getting flagged as inappropriate content or pornography based on the name alone, “Venus with a Penis.”
Or did Ric’s video get taken down because Jerome…
I am very curious to know which of the YouTube categories Ric’s film violates. Is it their “Nudity & Sexual Content Policies” or is it the new “Child Safety Policies”? After reading YouTube’s fine print, my hunch is that Jerome’s silly filthy “Mouseketeer” talk is what flagged Venus with a Penis as inappropriate.
Needless to say, I told Ric it would be an honor to permanently house his lovely Jerome video on The Jerome Project’s website.
— Thank you, Ric Waren!
Post by Anthony Cianciolo
ATTENTION: Jerome Caja Lovers, DJ Lovers, Vinyl Lovers & most importantly Lewis Walden Lovers — As many of you have heard, our friend Lewis recently lost his entire record collection (5000+ albums). This music was integral to San Francisco’s queer counterculture nightlife in the late 80’s & early 90’s (Club Screw, Club Chaos & Club Uranus). Lewis Walden and Michael Blue created these clubs that set the stage for Jerome to perform his signature spastic go-go dancing and infamous skag-drag performances.
Jerome’s close friend, Adam Klein (AKA Miss Rena McDonald), said it best in his book Jerome After the Pageant — “Thanks to Chaos and Club Uranus for allowing the lunatics to take over the asylum.”
Let’s help build Lewis’s vinyl collection back up again. We all know that these types of personal art collections are way more than just stuff in the end. They are our archives, our history, and a lifeline in times of need. It is our intent to help out a friend right now, and with your help, let’s rebuild and create something new for Lewis!