THE GODDESS BUNNY – Transexual Polio Superstar

by Red Cell

“The only truly glamorous star left in Hollywood.” – John Aes-Nihil

Editor’s note: The video quality of many of these clips are poor. These were the best we could find online.

In the last few years, The Goddess Bunny has become something of an online phenomenon. If you watch YouTube videos at all, you may have seen the clip of her/him in a white negligee, leg warmers, tap shoes and a parasol, tap dancing to an unheard tune, her malformed body trying to delicately manage the difficult task. The original 2007 clip was titled “Obey the Walrus.” Almost immediately there was a video of reply stating that the video was a hoax containing subliminal messages and that a Satanic organization called “The Walrus” (made up of transvestite/transgender people) was trying to propagate these messages on an innocent public. No proof was ever brought forth. The clip was filmed by Glen Meadmore, himself a transvestite, country singer, actor and friend of Bunny’s. But, there is much more to The Goddess Bunny than just the infamous clip.

The Goddess Bunny is actually Johnnie Baima, who stricken with polio at birth. Doctors implanted a steel rod extending from the upper to the lower part of his spine in order to strengthen it. This irresponsible, and now illegal, act dramatically affected his posture and stopped his growth, keeping him much smaller than he should have been. Johnnie was shuffled from foster home to foster home and suffered horrible sexual abuse in these places. She credits this as one of the reasons she invented her stage persona, Sandie Crisp, a campy, wise-cracking transsexual singer, dancer, actress and model. She holds a loyal following of wild, fetishistic worshipers in the west coast counter-culture scene of the decadent Hollywood underground.

The Goddess Bunny is a transsexual terrorist of the highest order. Rumored to have been a prostitute and porn actress at one time, she worked in Rick Owens’ LA atelier as the designer’s fit model! Then, in 1986, posed for photographer Joel-Peter Witkin for one of his most well known works, and as a result, has been seen world wide. Also in 86, she starred as Sandy Crisp in a startling cult film, Hollywood Vice Squad along with Carrie Fischer. She had a brief cameo in Marilyn Manson’s music video, The Dope Show and has starred as herself in two films, The Goddess Bunny Channels Shakespeare (1989) and The Goddess Bunny (1998). The Goddess Bunny film contains some fragments filmed in 1993 by underground filmmaker John Aes-Nihil. There is a scenes of Bunny on location at the Barker Ranch in Death Valley, where the murderers of Sharon Tate were captured as they hid there decades ago, for The Ma Barker Story, a film thirteen years in the making, by Aes-Nihil (see trailer below).

I had the pleasure of seeing The Goddess Bunny perform on two separate occasions. Until recently, I had forgotten that I had. It was in the early 90s and I was traveling in some strange circles for a boy who was not even out of his teens. I was taken by some friends of mine who were involved in the I.O.T. (Illuminates of Thanateros), a few were card carrying Satanists as well, to a little, underground club to have drinks. No one mentioned what we were going to see, and I was not prepared for such a strange mix of 50s-60s pop tunes lip-synced by a transvestite who could barely stand. I was immediately floored by her dynamic presence. She owned the room, every eye riveted to her until she left the stage. Later, I saw her at a nightclub in downtown L.A. This was for less then 20 minutes because I did not realize she was performing and just happened into the place, but again, everyone was transfixed.

I highly recommend the 1998 film The Goddess Bunny for a rare glimpse into this world. It portrays Johnnie Baima both in and out of “character” and is truly a gut wrenching and heart warming film. You can purchase it directly from the filmmaker, Nick Bougas (seller ID “queencoquette”), on eBay by typing in “THE GODDESS BUNNY : RARE ULTRA WEIRD VIDEO DOCUMENTARY”. Unfortunately, it is still only available on VHS, but the money spent is well worth the treasure it provides.

[video src="http://theendofbeing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/The_Goddess_Bunny_Trailer.mp4" /]

Before The Goddess Bunny film was even released, Bunny got “married” to an ex-convict just released from prison named Rocky. Bunny lived for a time in a mobile home with Rocky and his mother, a fanatical Christian who they somehow convinced that Bunny was a female! However, the relationship ended because of domestic abuse perpetrated by Rocky. As far as I can find out, Bunny is currently in a loving relationship now for the first time and still appears at special events from time to time. She is also writing her autobiography.

You can see more pics at her fan site here.

17 Comments

  1. Anabel says:

    When I fist saw the video I was high school, and after years I saw it once more. I was always fascinated but it, but never got to know the persons name or the reason of the video, today I found out the name and the whole history, not much information on google, but afterI read this Ive become more interested, Im not one to judge , on the contrary Im the first to applaud for the ones who step outside the box <3

    • The Goddess Bunny says:

      I want you to know that All the responces I get about me only makes me try harded .
      I wish People would understand that I ‘am just like everyoune I get hurt by what others say . wont people just except me for me I tried to get into the entertainment feild as a man the minute I put on A dress I was Excepted Hollywood made me and other circumstances in my life. From A very young age I was miss treated from Foster homes and from phyical thiraphyst , If people want the rest of the story they will have to wait for my book ( A Child’s Tear ) When you read it you will understand all the stuff I have gone through I am happy the way I’am and wish that people would just let people be people so many people have nothing . But America wants to rule everyone we need to stick in our own back yeard…

      • Kim says:

        Sandie good luck with everything and I look forward to your book. I am fascinated by you, I admit. Your appearance is a little odd but you contracted polio and there is nothing at all you could do about that and you are entitled to live the best life you can, doing what makes you happy.

        I am curious Sandie, do you know how you contracted such a devastating disease? Polio vaccine came out in 1955. You were born a couple years after that. I don’t know much about the disease except for that before 1955 it crippled millions across the globe.

        Good luck to you.!

      • GoddessBunnyFan! says:

        Miss Sandi,
        I wanted to say how strong and independant you are. I have no idea what it must have been like to grow up like how you did. You are truely beautiful, no matter what anyone says! Its amazing how youve overcome all that you have, you are truely a goddess. I hope you read this even though you probably wont see it. I just think you are a very gorgeous soul and in the end it doesnt matter what people think. I dont know how much this will mean coming from some 16 year old in Canada but, I really look up to you. I just recently heard about you so I read up more on you, and, well….You an inspriration! I must say your tap dancing skills are pretty awesome! I hope to see your documentary and read your upcoming novel! XOXOXO <3

      • Alyce says:

        PREACH Sister!
        I freakin love you so much.

  2. GoddessBunnyFan! says:

    Miss Sandi,
    I wanted to say how strong and independant you are. I have no idea what it must have been like to grow up like how you did. You are truely beautiful, no matter what anyone says! Its amazing how youve overcome all that you have, you are truely a goddess. I hope you read this even though you probably wont see it. I just think you are a very gorgeous soul and in the end it doesnt matter what people think. I dont know how much this will mean coming from some 16 year old in Canada but, I really look up to you. I just recently heard about you so I read up more on you, and, well….You an inspriration! I must say your tap dancing skills are pretty awesome! I hope to see your documentary and read your upcoming novel! XOXOXO <3

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  4. Agustin says:

    Morsa, you are beautiful. Greetings from Argentina. You are my idol and I love you.

  5. Moera Shapiro says:

    Another thing that should have been mentioned is that L.A. underground film director John Aes-Nihil did more than some “clips” of Sandie. He made several really interesting feature-length films with her in the 90s. I own one of them, which is “The Drift”, based on Tennessee Williams’ “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone” which is really great — unfortunately the audio is poor, but it’s very much worth seeing — in which Goddess Bunny plays the role of the Contessa (a madam who works with gigolos) which was played by Lotte Lenya in the film version that starred Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty. Her acting is excellent. Most (or all) of the films they did together can only really be ordered on Mr. Aes-Nihil’s website. Mr. Aes-Nihil also sells all kinds of videos, cassettes and printed materials of cult films and cult figures from the 50s onward that are hard to find.

  6. The3rdpower says:

    What interesting story. I was shocked at first… Seeing the images made my skin stand up at first…. However the more I read and reviewed the more I understood the medium. The breaking of reality is an interesting occurrence. There is the need within the machine to break its bits and parts to see the true nature of one. I believe you are brave Bunny… Standing up for what you believe in and letting your light shine. Never let that stop you. Keep pushing forward and spreading your light because at the end of being that is what we are here for. To look down the throat or what we fear and see the light. That is beauty.

    Keep shocking them and spreading your rich buttery delight.

  7. Lufthaus says:

    Sandie,
    I just figured out about you maybe a week ago (I’m so late, LOL), and I have to say you’re a very wonderful and sweet person. The negative remarks some people make are foolish, but don’t listen to them. You’re strong and inspirational, and I’d like to read that book you mentioned “A Child’s Tear”. I hope I can very soon. Stay well and happy holidays!

    -Lufthaus

  8. Fabrício says:

    I’d like to know you, Bunny ! Where are you living now (2013) ?

  9. jewel says:

    I love you Sandi Crisp! You have overcome adversity and came out on top! Rock on sista!!!

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