Monday, August 31, 2015
The Uncanny Resemblance Between the GOP Debate and the 2015 VMA’s…
If you watched the VMA’s, i’m sorry that you lost those 2-3 hours of your life. You’ll never get them back. If you watched the FOX NEWS, GOP Debate on August 6th, again I apologize that you wasted those 2-3 hours of your life. They are gone.
So where’s the resemblance?
Last night on the VMA’s and a few weeks ago at the GOP debate, we saw political-products project a future that is healthy for no one. Both “events” were pure spectacle; individuals pandering to selfishness, power, and extremism, with no regard to what future implications may be.
On one hand, Donald Trump embodies a "self-made-man" that’s popular for speaking his mind - regardless of truth, sexism, equality, and public health and/or policy. On the other hand, Miley Cyrus embodies a "self-made-woman" that’s popular for speaking her mind - regardless of truth, exploitation, and or health.
**I use “quotes” because they are made by inherited fame, wealth, obnoxiousness, gaming the system, and media machines.
They do what they do, because they want to. They are bought by no one (at least that’s what they spew). And despite their grotesque representation of culture and outlook for the future, they are gaining in popularity and influence.
Miley is a court jester and the crowd goes crazy. Donald is a carbon copy, only his crowd is older and whiter.
INFLUENCE - really?
Yes, both have incredible influence.
Miley’s circus and over-the-top antics poured into nearly every acceptance speech, performance, and video at the VMA’s. The crowd ate it up hook, line, and sinker. Donald’s candor and language, and basic disregard for human life (i.e. women, immigrants, foreigners, etc) have pushed the other candidates further to the extreme.
Case in point: we’re now treating immigrants like Fed-Ex packages.
Miley is a product of her label.
Donald is a product of his brand.
(And both have laughable hair.)
Art and politics have always danced together; and at times, have created better cultures. They push the limits beyond status-quo. They create conversations that work to build better societies. I cannot say that for the GOP field or the VMA’s.
We will be worse-off if we are lead by these jokers with microphones. We can of course throw our money and support to them. But don’t complain when you inherit the future you’re applauding - nothing short of an exploitation-circus.