"I have come to conquer America. But I know it is not enough to conquer. One must also know how to seduce." ?Sebastian Horsley
So then, on Wednesday of last week, we decided to have the party without Sebastian. But now, instead of a celebration with Sebastian and the publication of his memoir Dandy in the Underworld, the party turned into a rally. For a full recap of the party, see the New York Observer piece. Below is the text of the speech Sebastian wrote, The Deportation Speech, which was read by his friend, Robert Pereno, who was in New York City specifically for the party. See the YouTube video of Robert's "performance" here, courtesy of Galley Cat. ?Carrie, Publisher, Harper Perennial
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I'm sorry I can't be with you this evening.
I am suffering from moral turpitude... which is odd, because I feel quite well... and I have never drunk turpentine in my life.
"Do you have anything to declare Sir?" the custom's official popped up to ask me as I arrived in this country: "Nothing but my genitals and my genius," I dutifully said... well I thought it was going to be a Bon Mot Voyage. I had certainly dressed for the occasion ? though I had made one concession to your ivy league conventions ? I had removed my nail polish.
Maybe it was the top hat that caused the problem. They took me aside. And there was good news and bad news.
The good news was: They had read my book.
The bad news was: They had read my book.
"Raise your right hand. Do you swear on the bible to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?"
"Well... I've been kissed more often than a copy of the court bible... so yes... I suppose."
"You have been determined to be inadmissible under section 212 (a) (2) (A) (i) (I) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, in that you are an alien who has been convicted of, or who admits having committed, or who admits committing acts which constitute the essential elements of a crime involving moral turpitude... You will be refused admission to the United States under the Visa Waiver program and you will be returned to your county. Do you understand?"
"Yes... (well that explained a lot. I had always suspected that I might be an alien but it was reassuring to have it confirmed in writing)."
"Have you ever used or been involved with illicit substances?"
"Yes, brown rice. Oh you mean heroin and crack... yes and proud of it... if I had to live my life again I would take the same drugs... only sooner... and more of them."
"Have you ever solicited prostitution?"
"Yes. Mary Magdalene set a saintly precedent."
"Who is Mary Magdalene?"
"And why are you wearing that hat?"
Well there we are. I suppose it was relief. They seemed to have missed out the more scandalous charges against me. I was being accused only of racism, misogyny, homophilia, homosexuality, sodomy, drug addiction, whore mongering, pimping, perversion and prostitution.
I was quickly dispatched from this country on the next British Airways flight. Then I came back again. It seems you can't travel BA in a top hat. Prison was the next option. Well at least the food would be better.
"A nice white boy like you wont last two minutes in a cell full of hispanics and blacks," snarled the police. They seemed fairly healthily racist themselves.
"Prison? Buggery, porridge, and Class A drugs? Is there is a three year waiting list sir?" I wondered.
Anyway, Robert is here tonight as my representative on earth [Robert read this speech at the launch party]. Here is what I was intending to say to you in person.
Good evening. My name is Sebastian. I know you all want to fuck me but you'll have to wait five minutes until I finish this speech.
I know what you are thinking. Never transmit a sexual disease in public.
I'm sure you're all worried about getting AIDS, but don't worry. I'm far too well dressed to get that. And even if I did ? so what? Why all the whining? I mean, you live for weeks.
Anyway, here I am, in the USA... and my god, what is happening to this country? A woman, a black, and now Sebastian Horsley!
How's this speech going? If there's anyone who I have not offended so far, then I must beg your pardon.
I have come to conquer America. But I know it is not enough to conquer. One must also know how to seduce. Strangers are just people you haven't fucked yet. Enemies are just people you have failed to charm.
God knows how Dandy in the Underworld will go down here. Reading it in translation is like fucking through a blanket. "Two countries divided by a common language," they say. Was it Wilde or Shaw? I'm not Wilde about Shaw and I'm not Shaw about Wilde. But you've got to admit they had a point.
Oh well, who cares? Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered. A year ago I was unknown throughout England. In a year I shall be unknown throughout America.
And I wonder what will happen next?
Oh, and I suppose I ought to thank you, the reader. But I don't suppose it matters that much. I only write to get my knob sucked ? and the kind of girls I am attracted to are illiterate.
In coming to America I so longed to be worthy of assassination. I have had to settle for deportation. But you can only live in hope. Thank you for coming. I'm sure you all look beautiful. I hope you will like the book. There comes a time in every person's life when they realise they adore me. Yours has come.
God bless America! Land of the free... but sadly not the home of the depraved.