Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Prince: Welcome to America!

We've all heard about Christina Aguiluera at the Super Bowl. Everyone's got an opinion. I haven't even watched the whole clip - I can't.

Initially, I'd wanted to hate on Aguiluera. I wanted to hold her up as an example of everything that was wrong with major media (namely, my absence as it's lone dictator) and make comments about how it revealed she was really an undeserving talentless nobody.

But then I got high1.

Lefsetz mentions something about Ms A looking at the Jumbotron screen and being momentarily distracted. I don't know. Things happen in live performances. Bruce Springsteen once forgot the words to "Born to Run." I feel bad for her that it was a Super Bowl, but I don't think her fans care at all.

If anyone at all should apologize publicly, it should be the audio crew that mixed The Black Eyed Peas performance. Fergie's mic was off intermittently and nothing sounded like part of the music.

I'm over it.

I want to talk about Prince. And Kim Kardashian.

Maybe it was scripted. Maybe not. Either way, his comment "Welcome to America" was spot-on.

You're at a Prince show and you don't want to dance? You got in the front row and didn't want him to pick you out? You get onstage with Prince and you're too good to dance with him?

Prince might be clueless when it comes to the internet
, but he's a master of the live show.

What's Kardashian a master of? Why is Kim Kardashian famous?
...Kardashian’s patriarchal bargain. A patriarchal bargain is a decision to accept gender rules that disadvantage women in exchange for whatever power one can wrest from the system. It is an individual strategy designed to manipulate the system to one’s best advantage, but one that leaves the system itself intact.
Sound familiar?

Play by the rules and you'll be granted legitimacy. But only if you play completely by the rules. And leave the system untouched. That's America.

(And don't confuse rules and "laws." The law may say don't steal, but the rules say winner takes all. Look at our current robber-baron bankster class to see this primalism in action.)

It's our providence as artists to confront this system, demolish it if need be, and create something better in its place.

1Not literally. Colloquialism for "I changed my mind."


Nathan said...

"Using her attractiveness, and her sexual and social capital as tools, Kim has made herself both a career and fame by winning the attention of men…"

So what you are really saying is... "We're giving her this because she is damn good when it comes to taking the profession of prostitution to a whole new level."

Jeremiah said...

Not prostitution - capitulation.

It's different.

Nathan said...

I don't think you necessarily have to include sexual acts when you prostitute yourself - that is just what we would commonly associate with the term.

But I suppose that is just an argument of semantics.

Anonymous said...

Well I've been reading your blog here Mr PRODUCER and it sure as shit seems you don't know a damn thing about anything, do you? No wonder you're all frustrated and trying to pimp yourself out like you know whats up but you don't. Trying to talk some talk about who ever or whatever but I hear your mixes. Where are you on Billboard? BMI songsheets?

Keep talkin that talk tho. somebody will believe u someday.