On purpose.

You know, there’s an urban legend that Roy Cohn – the lawyer responsible for the deaths of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in the 1950’s – requested only local anesthesia for his face lift. Supposedly he did it to show that he could withstand anything (except wrinkles!) The legend goes along with a lot of comments about him being bereft of feeling, and, generally, the devil. I think Tony Kushner uses it Angels in America as an example of how Roy Cohn was just one scary, twisted wombat.

Kelly McCoy decided to have no anesthesia for her breast implants.

To show her superhuman strength and lack of remorse over her past McCarthyism? No. Kelly claims “Just the fact that I don’t have to undergo general anesthesia and the fact that I get to have a hand in seeing what the end result is going to be was like a huge selling point to me.”

So, to make sure they were big enough. Okay. Doctors say you should really have anesthesia.

I don’t think Tony Kushner is going to make her a major character in one of his works. I really think this just goes along with a lot of comments about her being a reckless idiot.

I’ll start.

This woman is a reckless idiot.

Your turn.