Track: Droolilicious, A Krip Meaning & Reclaiming (poemsong on The Black Kripple Delivers Krip Love online CD Feb 14th/13)
If you google the term Droolilicious you will find it linked to food and the concept of showing sexuality of what is the mainstream standard of pretty, i.e. a White, able-bodied, skinny woman or muscle-bond White male and now a days Black movie stars i.e. entertainers like the late Teddy Pendergrass before his accident or more recently teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. However, if you break down the term, you will see that the term and its reality were shunned by society.
The term Drool in the online dictionary defines it “as to let saliva run from the mouth; drivel” and if you put it into an action aka drooling then you get this well known cause: “Some drooling in infants and toddlers is normal. It may occur with teething. Drooling in infants and young children may get worse with colds and allergies.” So if you are an adult and you are drooling then what is our popular meaning? Back to our online dictionary/encyclopedia and it says the following (Excuse their medical terminology): “Drooling may also be caused by nervous system disorders that make it hard to swallow. Examples are:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS
Cerebral palsy (CP)
As an adult with Cerebral Palsy that sometimes drools, I have witnessed popular reactions and images to my drooling, for example, online and in my daily life as a grown man that is drooling it is automatically put in a category as (Excuse my language) “homeless, crazy, useless, gross, poor,” and such. If you put the action word, drooling in Google and click on image you get babies, sleeping people, people that are drunk, animals like dogs and apes mainly and lately zombies who are half dead and drooling. One Facebook statement that came up in the images when you type drooling in Google is a White young woman posing sexy and the statement is as follows: “Drooling is only ok if you're retarded. Or really, really hot”
Many people with disabilities including myself as children we/I were told over and over to catch our/my drool and even went to therapy to try to “fix” it. We/I was/were told that our drooling is not acceptable, that we might not find love because of it and it might bring harm to us if we drool on the wrong person at the wrong time.
In today’s society with the disability rights movement and more, more disabled activists, poets, writers, cultural workers and scholars, many of us in adulthood are taking our identity that comes with our politics and displaying it on the page, stage, in the studio, on the big screen and more importantly in our daily lives thus passing it down to the next generation. There have been many poets, artists and cultural workers in all communities that have flipped what mainstream has thought of as negative, gross, ugly and such into what is reality with political, personal pride and acceptance.
I know I’m not the first and won’t be the last to take a part of myself in this case Drool/ing and flip it by using a cultural vehicle, poetry and song, to give it an adult window thus switching what people see from what they are used to seeing as negative or a child image. On today, Feb 8th 2013 I’ll be releasing a single entitled Droolilicious from my upcoming CD, The Black Kripple Delivers Krip Love that will be a download on Valentine’s Day 2013. It will be worth the wait! Music production by Rob 'Da Noize Temple