Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Social Commentary: Should You Care?
I really feel guilty about spending even what I hope will be only a few minutes on this subject. In fact, I'm actually feeling a little nauseous about it! But, in one of my roles, as I see them - as Social Commentator, I feel compelled to write at least something. I suppose the best way to approach it would be to ask this question, and then go from there: Do you really give two shits that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been linked as a couple? Do you give A shit? Really? Why?
I understand diversion and the very real human need for it. Therefore, I understand the need for Hollywood, the image that it presents, and the corresponding gossip industry that surrounds it. In fact, the Kardashians in general, and Kim in particular, have contributed to and, therefore, have been very well rewarded by, that very industry. Kim is the latest it girl; famous for being famous and she has rode the whirlwind. Kanye West on the other hand, is an award winning performer and music producer. His work sells in the millions. He is at least famous for something.
I have never met, or photographed, Kim Kardashian. Therefore, I cannot attest to what she may be like personally. However, I can say that I detest the blatant commercialism of everything associated with her. Where others may applaud her apparent business acumen - she's laughing all the way to the bank - I believe that attitudes like hers, i.e. style over substance, add to the so-called decay in society everyone keeps bemoaning! But I HAVE met Mr. West. A few years back, when he was just reaching his fame and notoriety, a producer and I were to conduct and interview with him at the Mandarin Hotel in NYC. We met him in his opulent suite on the top floor of the luxury hotel and I set up to shoot the interview. West was surrounded by a considerable entourage that attended to his every need while I set up my camera and microphones. The interview lasted about a half-hour. After the interview with spent another half-hour or so following Mr. West around for me to shoot so-called "B-role" footage. In other words, I was with him long enough to form an opinion about him as a person. I've said it before on this blog, and I'll say it again on this blog, Kanye West was one of the most self-centered, arrogant, non-gracious people I have ever shot an interview with! I can sum up his entire attitude with this one portion of the interview: when asked by the producer who is influences are, Mr. West responding by saying that he had none. He was that truly unique. Really?!
So, there you have it, a match made in Tabloid Heaven - a joining of two of the world's most massive egos!! Just what we needed in this time of world crisis.
OK. So, as promised, I'll spend no more times on this entry or its two, sorry subjects. I'll close by saying that if YOU spend any more time on it . . . well, DON'T. :)