Phranc – lesbian folksinger – Brief Article
Keeps her folksinger freshness sealed Tight with her gigs as a Tupperware Lady
How does a butch lesbian folksinger end up selling Tupperware, you might ask? Phranc, whose music has always been infused with a sort of ironic take on the Betty Crocker wholesomeness of the ’50s, explains, “Well, I needed a part-time job so I could stay home with my family and not be on the road all the time, and one day in the kitchen it just came to me–I could sell Tupperware?” Then it was as simple as calling the Tupperware office and signing on. “It’s working out wonderfully,” says the happy hawker. “I’m driving a company car, I’m making good money, and it’s paying for my new CD [her sixth, tentatively titled The Right to Pass] to be recorded.”
This realization of Phranc’s lesbian American dream has been captured in an hour-long documentary by Lisa Udelson titled Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventures in Plastic, which premiered in June at the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. “Lisa came to my very first Tupperware party. I sang the `Tupperware Lady’ song, and everyone had such a great time, she said she wanted to follow me around with a camera,” says Phranc, who is obviously proud of her latest women-centered vocation. “Tupperware is the greatest of women’s communities, and I’ve been in a lot of them,” she says. All things Phranc, including her music, Tupperware, and her cardboard sculptures (a lifelong passion), can be seen and purchased on her Web site, www.phranc.net.
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