Fagbug Nation

Synopsis: What it's like to drive the once vandalized now famous, 'Fagbug' to all 50 states in the USA.
88 min

Well, I'm Jewish.

My ancestors are Jewish.

We would never drive a Kikebug.

So, I'm just wondering ...

It's a really offensive term.

I was wondering, what's

the argument with


[Voiceover] It started like

any other trip to the movies.

[Usher] Theater number seven

to your right, thank you.

[Voiceover] But people

at the Fagbug premiere

got to see a road

trip about tolerance

unfold before their eyes.

[Voiceover] I'm

a 65yearold fag

in a '99 Beetle.

[Voiceover] The

documentary chronicles

Erin Davies crosscountry

trek in her Volkswagen

that was vandalized

with the words "fag"

and "U R gay."

[Man] What happened to a car

and then was able to use

it as away to get people

to talk about what

happens to human beings.

I thought it was very effective.

[Voiceover] Davies

was admittedly nervous

about the movie

premiere here in Albany

because this is where

here lifechanging journey

started six years ago.

But, 48 states,

four broken windows,

and over 200 speaking

events later,

she says it's been a wild,

and wildly important ride.

[Erin] When my car

first got vandalized,

I decided to leave the

graffiti on the car

to show a visual example

of what homophobia looks like

to people who may have

never experienced it.

A year after I began driving

my car with the graffiti,

I gave my car a

colorful makeover.

I planned a 58day

trip around the US,

and filmed the

documentary, called Fagbug

about the adventure.

The film is now on Netflix,

and has quite a cult

following from people

all around the world.

Since then, I've become

a nationally touring

motivational speaker.

On a fulltime basis,

I present the Fagbug story

to high schools, middle schools,

colleges, and businesses.

Once I began traveling,

my car became known

as the fagbug.

I made sure to take a picture

of every "welcome to"

sign I came across.

It was always a goal of mine,

from the very beginning,

to get my car to all 50 states.

It took me three years

to reach 48 states.

I spent another

three stuck at 48.

Hawaii and Alaska

being the last two

I had yet to get to.

If you're at 48, you've gotta

do noncontinental states.

Hawaii's fabulous.

Why not?

And, Alaska ...

is Alaska.

I planned a fourweek tour

where I booked myself

26 days straight.

Along the way, I interviewed

over 1,000 people.

Not once did I have to ask

anyone to do an interview.

They all came to me.

That's the magic behind the car.

It allows people's

defenses to disappear,

and brings to the surface

what's always been there,

but otherwise would

not have been seen.

We run far away from here

("We Run" by Caleb)

We run far away from here

And we run far away from here

And we run far away from here

And we run far away from here

And we run far away from here

And we run far

away from here

[Sonya] I just want

people to understand that

the Fagbug, as a whole,

with Erin and the car included,

is a partnership.

The car is her business partner.

It takes at least,

at the very minimum,

50 percent of everything

that she makes.

[Erin] If you were

me, and you went through

48 states with a car, would

you wanna get to all 50?


Absolutely, including

Hawaii and Alaska.

How would you do that?

I was planning on

covering the cost myself

with my tour that I was booking.

But, Sonya had an idea

that I should start

a Kickstarter campaign just

because it's so much money.

It costs about $2300

to ship the car

from California to

Hawaii, and back.

So, I'm on a three

and a half week trip.

I've taken my car to all states,

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