“Ask A Slave” Takes On Ignorant Tourist Questions With Hilarious Results
2:50 pm, September 4th | by Colette McIntyre
At the all-time peak of my post-graduation existential crisis, right at the moment when I couldn’t watch Little Black Book without crying and hadn’t showered for two weeks, I momentarily decided that I should work as a historical re-enactor at Philadelphia’s Betsy Ross House. This was a step up from the week I tried to install a landline so I could work as a phone sex operator, but I was considering the career for all the wrong reasons, the two major influencing factors being that I had won $100 in a Philly bar’s dance competition when I was a junior in college and the city’s bar special was a shot of whiskey and a beer for $5. My whole plan was to put my American History minor and mediocre embroidery skills (thanks, Grandma!) to use in the day and then hustle bars and bar patrons out of money with my Voguing at night. Oh, and drink on the cheap, round-the-clock, of course. Luckily, shortly after I began searching for bonnets on Ebay, I found my way into The Jane Dough lair and have been here ever since.
Maybe my brief flirtation with historical re-enactment is clouding my judgement or maybe (and most likely) I just have flawless taste, either way I can’t get enough of actress and comedian Azie Mira Dungey’s “Ask A Slave” web series. “Ask A Slave” is based on Dungey’s experiences at George Washington’s plantation home Mount Vernon where she portrayed one of Washington’s slaves. The series recreates real and mind-numbingly stupid questions that Dungey fielded during her tenure as Lizzie Mae, housemaid to the President and Lady Washington. Fortunately for us, this time around, “Lizzie Mae” is free to put clueless tourists in their places. Living history was never so magnificent and hilarious.
At the moment, there are only two videos in the series, but Dungey says she plans on posting a new video every Sunday.