Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Hermaphrodite: Baby Dee

There’s a YouTube video of Baby Dee wearing a bee costume and riding a giant tricycle in a circle on a Providence sidewalk while dramatically recounting a scatological prank involving a 300-pound midget, a baby Jesus costume and an Entenmann’s chocolate cake. Despite this empirical evidence, the Cleveland-born vocalist, pianist, harpist, accordionist and composer argues—with sincerity—that “I’m not a theatrical kind of person.”

“No,” she adds, with a stage laugh that falls somewhere between vintage Bette Davis and classic Phyllis Diller, “I’m just a regular old hermaphrodite.”

Her claims of nontheatricality are seemingly betrayed by a 30-year career of performing in circus sideshows, dingy bars, art spaces and New York streets, where she busked atop a customized (obviously) harp-bearing tricycle. The context of her antitheatricality claims are explanations of how her spectacular new album Safe Inside the Day (Drag City) differs from her previous work.


  1. That is not no damn hemaphrodite, thats a damn man plan and simple. LOL. His azz wishes he was one.

  2. In his own words he did stated that he was just a old hermaphrodite!

  3. Appears as a man, but was frequently mentioned as a "she and her" throughout the article.

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