Friday, May 14, 2010

Here Lies Hate

She had gamely accepted an offer to listen for the first time to “Here Lies Love,” a new rock opera by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim that chronicles her rise from country girl to the First Lady of the Philippines. Removing the earbuds, tilting her head slightly, she said in an exaggerated tone, “I’m flattered, I can’t believe it!”

-- New York Times, 7 May 2010

"Yeah, whatever, we saw Marie Antoinette." - Maxim magazine

"Imelda Marcos is to hipsters what Nixon is to liberals: a monster whose revisionist recasting as a tragic figure by the latter belies a grotesque, desperate conservatism in the dominated fraction of the ruling class. It’s classic Bourdieu. These hipster attempts at symbolic subversion are just that: symbolic. 'It is we, the people of taste, not the vulgar rich, who should rule.'——a desperate lashing out by a bunch of clowns who are realizing too late, too late that they should have studied finance instead of 'critical' theory. Even the Beatles——those self-involved, pre-Thatcherite (see 'Taxman') cads——knew better than to prostrate themselves before the pink heels of that mutant bitch queen. Neither progressive nor reactionary, the hipster pleas helplessness. 'I am not political,' the hipster says, 'but I’m not opposed to others being political.' In fact hipsters like nothing more than this division of labor: like Imelda, they live (quite well) off the labor of others, but they're good natured about it--humble about the fact that they are not self-supporting, either individually or as a class——as long as they can exempt themselves from the obligation to secure justice for those who provide for them." -- Chuck Palahniuk

"I wouldn't get worked up about it. I hear it's just not that good."
- Barack Obama

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