I am reading that Eminem has a net worth of $140 million, Ice Cube has a net worth of $120 million and Jonathan Davis has a net worth of $45 million. (I just googled their net worth and went with the first things that came up, but you get the idea.) I make $8.50 an hour. Now the revolution of the people is suddenly a great place to put out a video to help record sales. Wealthy (mostly white) straight men with privilege are telling us that ‘everything is fucked up’. I failed to see any call to abolish capitalism, but hey, when punk became a money maker it wasn’t exactly calling for the abolition of capitalism either.
History repeats itself, and an image of rebellion was presented at the occupy. It was hindered by the good liberals who saw opposition to the system as violence. What little left of it is out there seems to at a point where these capitalists might just be seeing an opportunity to exploit it for their own personal gain. I could not help but think of the crass song ‘punk is dead’ when I saw this video.
Yes that’s right, punk is dead,
It’s just another cheap product for the consumers head.
Bubblegum rock on plastic transistors,
Schoolboy sedition backed by big time promoters.
Well, it looks like occupy gets to go the route of every other counter culture rebellion.
Here the straight white male who became obscenely wealthy by peddling homophobia, misogyny and violence against women is telling us ‘things are fucked up’. Yes, sir they are, and you are part of the problem. You see, your shocking absurd bigotry you feel makes you so edgy is the same bigotry the fundamentalist Christians are selling us. Not sure what revolution you are looking for, but I’m not sure it’s the same one I want. Is it the revolution where you get to keep on pushing misogyny and homophobia? Is it the revolution where you get to keep sucking wealth from the working class?
It seems that left wing politics are morphing once again into a sub culture cool club for all the upper middle class to buy up and download. You can say you hate the establishment and then go to the local record shop and purchase the cool new single to go with it. I have a feeling that the Guy Fawkes masks were just the beginning of this.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara gave his life fighting on the side of the people against the capitalists. Now, every good capitalist who wants to sell official Che Guevara merchandise has their chance. His image is copyrighted and sold in every record store across the country.
Now, I’m not saying the image of Che is meaningless and I’m not saying the ideals of punk are meaningless. I am saying that the reality is that each movement will be hijacked by capitalists just like this. We need to move on and push past it. We need to stop this submissive revolution bullshit. As I said before, until we are ready to begin to organize, expropriate and overthrow we are pretty much just sitting around the park having a nice little party applauding each other for being ineffective.
Apparently some of the artists involved had the nerve to say Miley Cirus and Justin Bieber are part of the problem. I am taking this to mean they somehow are able to see themselves as different than these two. So, pop stars who dress cooler and act edgier are possibly better or something? I’m not really getting it. Not really seeing how these people can see themselves as different than what they are attempting to attack.
Now, I say this on the assumption that these artists had some part of the video I posted above. If this is simply a mashup then this is a completely different story, but after asking a few people there are those who seem to be convinced the video was done originally or with the support of these artists.