I swore I would not do this, but when you write to the popular culture, often you have to write about pop music, its stars, and their endless stream of censor-taunting behaviour.
It was after watching Howard Bloom’s inarticulate and cringe worthy retort regarding the innocence of Miley Ray Cyrus that I decided to break my vow of silence on her viral conduct. What follows is a rant against the dark forces of the media and those who invite its gaze upon them.
An echo of what has already been said
So much ink has already been spilled on this topic that I will be brief, because most likely, somewhere, someone has written something practically identical to what I will write here.
Many young celebrities are a prime example of a monumental flaw in the cognitive and emotional fortitude of our species: Homo Sapiens are prone to insanity when success precedes effort. Miley Ray Cyrus is not a victim of this, however, she merely knows how the system works.
If we are fair, Miley is not a talented anything; she is but a byproduct of a system that constantly needs a new pair of tits and ass to sing, dance, and act for the public’s entertainment. And the more sensational and provocative this new piece of meat is in the public eye, the more talented it is assumed to be by Jane and Joe Moron.
Miley is a consequence and now a willing ‘victim’ of the ‘X factor-style’ road to success that keeps producing these young, sensual singers and actors who are guaranteed all the fame, fortune, and indignity offered by the Entertainment Industry, but who have none of the talent, charisma, and ability once demanded by discerning society. However, in Miley’s case, hereditary obligation should also collect some of the blame.
When I first laid eyes on Billy Ray Cyrus and heard the only song for which he is famous, Achy Breaky Heart, even as a mere child at the time, I knew that his loins would one day spawn the proverbial whore of Babylon. Nobody that vacant, talentless, and hand-reared could ever contribute to society in a meaningful way.
In Miley’s defense
Reputations and careers forged by scandal cannot be tarnished by scandal. Miley did what most ambitious people do when they step into a new workplace: she upstaged the now complacent and mega-successful role models that paved the way for her. She outslutted some of the biggest sluts in the business, right in front of their faces, on live television, and for a change actually worked (I mean twerked) for the resultant attention paid to her!
If she can keep off the drugs, corporate dicks, and out of the grave she may yet show some latent talent or ability worthy of her celebrity. I’d like to think of her as an artist trying to break out of the cocoon of childhood innocence, somewhat like Lady Gaga (one of the few pop singers I absolutely consider an artist) or the recently deceased Amy Winehouse (another true talent that fatally collided with tragedy).
God forbid that we have another Lindsey Lohan in the world. If society is forced to watch the broadcasted lives and careers of these whelps, let us, at least, see a much-needed plot twist to keep things fresh and entertaining.
You are to blame
I will now direct my rant at the people who are mostly to blame for this sensationalist culture sweeping much of the world.
The common person’s obsession with celebrities is what drives the interest around every new starlet in the biz. These are the same people who sit and watch—utterly riveted—the latest Keeping up with the Kardashians episode. Is your life so boring that you need to watch how a bunch of spoiled celebrities (and not even the talented kind) live and behave? More unsettling than that, do you actually think that anything these artificial people say, do, or advocate has any measure of authenticity to it?
People who need to be popular in the public’s view are not real people. Real people aren’t interesting, because they behave very similar to other normal people. Celebrities are fabrications. Many of them read off a script prepared by their paternal industry to appeal to the hopes, desires, and aspirations of mostly confused adolescents who grow up mentor-less while their parents and caretakers chase the elusive greenback.
And if you really experience some deep sense of connection to a life of excess and carefreeness when you watch The Osbournes have another kitchen argument, or Chloe Kardashian clipping her toenails gossiping about her sisters, then let me assure you, you are never going to partake of that lifestyle by sitting on your ass watching the television!
Actually, I may yet be proven wrong on that statement, because lately it seems celebrities are celebrities for doing absolutely NOTHING. So being a celebrity for sitting and watching reality TV shows about celebrities may be a completely new market segment ripe for commercial exploitation.
Back to the original topic, we’ve seen this demonic transformation of young ‘talent’ so many times that I can’t believe it still has the power to drive the general public into a state of panic and contemplation. All of these American flopstars are mentally unhinged and surfing the wave of their latest outrage. These are people famous for being infamous, and it seems the world loves this new ‘bad boy/girl’ image, because most people are bloody p*****s skewered by the corporate dick that they are forced to worship day to day.
But it seems that escape from the corporate mill is also not quite the heaven some assume it to be. There seems to be some real bloodletting and devil-worshiping going on behind the scenes of Hollywood and the Music Industry—as fame in America leads to a level of debauchery and inanity that is simply not seen in other parts of the world. It seems the admission ticket to be famous now comes with a lifelong subscription to Alcoholics Anonymous, rehab, and the suicide helpline.
People like Miley are merely puppets strung up by the corporate interests that animate them. Talent now is anyone who can at least sing, or at least act, while being sexually marketable and willing to defile their own image merely to promote the influence of their puppet masters.
We have seen the end of talent and the beginning of sexploitation in the entertainment industries of America. Everything is now about creating a viral sensation, and not about taking the most talented people and presenting them to a world that yearns for quality.
When talent still roamed the entertainment industry
I leave you the reader with a fragment of forgotten talent in the form of lyrics from a song that is as capable of describing what we are seeing today as it is at driving me to tears when I listen to after having consumed a few whiskies (and this was written in bloody 60s!):
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.
– Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'
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