Lady Gaga: Pop Star for the End of America (a No Cure For That Mini Documentary)

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written by Davis Fleetwood

Shakespeare and Jesus sit atop the heap of historical figures about which the most has been written. Add to that list, like it or not, the woman who has captured the zeitgeist of the moment: Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga in 2008. East Village, NYC

Not only are every one of her growing legion of pubescent twitter and facebook little monsters taking to typepad and blogspot to deconstruct her latest video, but a growing legion of pundits, pop critics and philosophers are laboring to see both the forest and the trees and connect Gaga to this historical moment.

While many of us of a certain age see this particular moment in history as one where the United States has risked, and in some cases lost our moral, military, and economic superiority all in the name of fighting a war based on lies, Gaga and her little monsters have grown up with war as an inevitable and, according to the lame-stream media, often un newsworthy fact of life.

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Before Gaga lit her g-string on fire or doused her see through dresses in blood like liquid in an effort to complicate what are otherwise conventionally sexualized performances, before she channeled Duchamp and discovered Dada (she recently inscribed a functionless white urinal “I’m not fucking Duchamp but I love pissing with you,”) Gaga was a teenager in New York; a West Side Girl going to an East Side private school when the towers came down.

Since that day, the U.S. has come together to, in the words of Alternet writer Sara Jaffe and

“We have made monsters out of others in order to kill them without fear. Gaga makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves.”

Like Archie Bunker, Gaga so fully embodies what she wants us to think what she is satirizing (post feminism, post Madonna, post Pop and Imperial America that it matters not whether one in on the joke, if indeed there is one. Her reach is so obtuse and indiscriminate, like the current U.S. foreign policy that James Parker of the Atlantic argues that she is eviscerating pop, that she is in fact the last pop star.

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Alyssa Milano Responds to Old Spice Guy + UNF**K THE GULF

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Suicide Note


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I wanted to let you know that I am killing myself.  Quick, tell me, how are you going to stop me?

You don’t want to stop me? I understand, we hardly know each other, you and I. Whom I am to you? Just a talking head on your mobile device, or a few moments you steal with the headphones on, hiding in your office cubicle at work. If I kill myself, the world, after all, will continue to spin.
So forget me, I don’t matter, let me go, I’m as good as dead. I’ve got about 2 minutes left.

You hate me anyway, admit it.

Imagine your best friend. Your partner. Your child or parent has gotten themselves into a situation from which there seems to be no way out. No way out that is, but suicide?

How do you stop them? You love them.

When confronted with such an impossible task, it helps me to think in metaphor, wouldn’t you agree?

BP and the non-existent regulations from the U.S. government have colluded to create a slow motion environmental suicide in the Gulf of Mexico, itself a product of our suicidal consumer culture. And for what? To make the richest 1% in the world even richer? So that we can keep the economy afloat, the better to keep credit flowing just enough so that we can keep our kitchens and dens looking ready for the photo spread in Martha Stewart Living that will never come? Admit it, the way we live our lives is suicidal. Slow motion, no doubt, but suicidal. By killing the earth, we are ensuring that the human species faces the same fate.

Comfortable in your coffin yet?
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Runaway Slave

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We may have an African American in the White House, but Lebron James, the man simply known as the KING, is still being treated like a slave. This, according to the even tempered wordsmith, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Jesse Jackson was reacting to the drunken rage open letter to Cleveland fans sent by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday, in which Gilbert said, ” As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier. This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.”

Apparently, no one ever imparted the wisdom of hitting the save as draft button and sleeping off jug of Long Island Ice Tea that you consumer watching LeBron’s ESPN special “decision” show. While most would agree that the Cavs owner is guilty poor font selection, behaving like a 10th grade Romeo whose love is going unrequited and the just plain Bombastically ridiculous claim that the Cavs will win a championship before the HEAT- The Rev. Jesse Jackson sees something much more sinister at work.

Jesse Jackson said: “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”

Slave Master Mentality? Come on Reverend! I am as left wing as they come. I mean, shit, I sneak Public Enemy onto my kid’s ipod, I cheered when Mookie threw the garage can through Sal’s Pizzeria, and my date to see Jungle Fever was a black woman.

Yeah, LeBron honored his contract. And while Dan Gilbert does not own LeBron, can’t we agree that LeBron owned his former boss a phone call. Can’t we agree that the circus orchestrated by LeBron has turned him from one of the NBA’s good guys into one of the villains?

But I hear you; I am not naïve enough to pretend that we live in a post racial society. I know that we may not have achieved MLK’s dream of living in a world that does not judge one by the color of their skin but by the content of their character – but we live in something that is offering a different kind of leveler of the playing field: the Hypercapitalist Celebrity culture. I mean, if the OJ Simpson trial taught us anything it is that people are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the contents in their wallet.

By this standard I’m sure LeBron would say, cares not what fans in Cleveland burning his jersey think. Rather, I am sure LeBron would agree with the immortal words of Mel Brooks, “It’s good the be the King.”

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FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL Netherlands Vs. Spain (and why the USA should be watching)


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by Davis Fleetwood

Most people here in the United States would rather have a colonoscopy administered with a cactus branch dipped in Ass Reaper Hot Sauce than watch a world cup match.

Spain

In fact, it is the usually divisive figure of one Glenn Beck who has clearly articulated the how the American (I mean, I guess one should not say American as if the U.S. speaks for Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Brazil- and so on) but anywhoo) how citizens of the USA feel about the World Cup when he said recently:

“It doesn’t matter how you try to sell it to us. It dies not matter how many celebrities you get. It does not matter how many bars open early. It does not matter how many beer commercials they run. We don’t WANT the World Cup. We don’t like the World Cup. We don’t like Soccer. We want nothing to do with it!”

True, because FUTBOL, it turns out, is un-American. Which is one reason, I suppose, that I love it so much.

As I said in an earlier episode, tongue only half in cheek, Futbol is a socialist plot to subvert capitalism and take over the world.

To which Glenn Beck, and most of America, uh – I mean the U.S.A. would respond:

“The thing about Soccer is I hate it so much probably because the rest of the world likes it so much”

That “I hate it so much probably because the rest of the world likes it so much” is a by-product of a resurgence in the idea of American exceptionalism, itself the offspring of the idea of Manifest Destiny.

I like to call it Manifest Destiny’s Child. *

A quick tangential history lesson is needed here (from the introduction of my forthcoming documentary):

In June of 1846 what we now know as California was part of the sovereign nation of Mexico. On July 7 1846, California was annexed to the United States of America. Annexed is a cute little term to throw on civic exams so not to upset youngsters too much about the blood on the hands of their ancestors. It means, quite simply, that American settlers can (and did) say, “I’m bigger than you, I’m stronger than you, I’ve got more gun powder than you, and if that ain’t enough I’ve got God on my side. I’ve got manifest destiny.” It means, moreover, that those same American Settlers could say to the Mexicans, who (bye the bye) were residing on their own land, California, in 1846, something like: “Excuse me Cesar or, Excuse me, Esmeralda: We are going to give you two choices. One: We learned a lot about rape and murder during our genocide of the Native Americans. We can demonstrate that knowledge to you can and soak the land of this beautiful oceanfront real estate with the blood of your people or, B: just run along south of the border and then wait a couple of generations, have some kids, and then send them back here and we will put them to work in construction and the lawn care maintenance industry, and some of the best fine dining establishments this country has to offer (in the back of the house, of course). So, will it be door number one, or door number two? What say you?”

This “American can do” attitude that begets murder, occupation and colonization in the name of divinely ordained American destiny and exceptionalism continues today in the preemptive strategy of American imperialism abroad implemented by both Bush and Obama; an arrogant, blowback inducing foreign policy that, in the post nuclear age, is doing nothing less than expediting the end of the world as we know it.

This, in a nutshell, is MANIFEST DESTINY’S CHILD. *

So perhaps, my fellow Americans, uh- I mean, fellow citizens of the U.S.A., we should start finding some common ground with the rest of the developed world. Healthcare for all? Not for you USA? Okay, uh… A foreign policy that did not expand upon the Bush Doctrine? No, you’d rather be the colonizer and police force of the world. Well, it is hard to argue with you gringo, GOD is on your side, after all.

If nothing else, how about you walk into your neighborhood pub Sunday afternoon, order yourself a Cervaza and join the rest of the world in watching the most exciting sporting event on the globe?

* MANIFEST DESTINY’S CHILD is not only a catchy phrase that will sweep the nation and the world, as the title of my first feature length documentary, available in September 2010, it is also a shameless bit of self promotion.

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