They are called the Rad Girls, and they are appalling — at least to many proper conservative moms who feel they model dangerous, un-ladylike behavior, and to many progressive feminists, who feel they are pulling womankind in a backward direction.
But they are also heroic, especially to legions of girls and young women across the world who feel that girls and women should have the freedom to be as vulgar and crass and risk-taking as boys and men are. So there.
The Rad Girls are a trio of pseudonym-ed cable TV personalities who act as a kind of female answer to MTV’s “Jackass,” and they’re all former Santa Cruzans. The Rad Girls, in fact, were “born” when the three — who go by the names of Munchie, Ramona Cash and Darling Clementine — met in Santa Cruz, found out they had a lot of the same interests and starting doing outrageous stunts that polite society frowns on, to say the least.
The Girls are coming back into town Wednesday for a meet-and-greet with old friends and young fans at the tail end of their second season on MavTV (the first season was on Fuse). They’re the first to tell you that what they do will never qualify as fine art — among the stunts they’ve done on TV is competing on the volume of urine they can produce, eat burritos containing pubic and armpit hair, and spray fire extinguishers on people smoking in public. But they do so, they say, with a verve that underlines a certain rebelliousness that’s in the air in Santa Cruz.
The Rad Girls come to the Cypress Lounge (the former Jahva House) on 120 Union St., Santa Cruz on Wednesday (yes, we know that’s April Fool’s Day). They’ll screen some highlights from the second season, and Clementine will even do a song.
Here’s a sample or two of the kind of high-minded hijinxs that have made the Rad Girls folk heroines: