Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Celebrity Activism: Effective, But Only If You Change the Meaning of the Word to “Not Effective at All and a Complete Waste of Time”

“Slacktivists are the hipsters of the digital world: everybody recognises them but no one claims to be one.” – Sarah Kendzior, a real life writer who is probably smarter than you.


Anybody? No?

Crap, am I too late on this?  I just barely got the tweet from J-Beibs that Kony is on the campaign trail in Brooklyn and I thought I would just do my part by retweeting #KONY2012 so we can finally get him elected. I loved him in Predator, although he was just OK in The Sasquatch Gang.

Come on people! You need to know that celebrities and tweets change the world, not money and motivation

Ug. Ok, it’s hard for me to pretend to be fake serious about something that is just so effing stupid, it makes my brain hurt.

I first thought about this post back when the whole “kony” thing happened, but I wanted to wait and see how that turned out before I wrote anything, just in case it actually worked. It had serious “potential” until the creator, Jason Russell, had a meltdown in public, which isn’t that weird, because we’ve all had meltdowns in public. It’s just his was a naked meltdown, and generally those are frowned upon. It’s kind of a double standard since a naked baby having a meltdown would be acceptable, maybe even cute.

Public Naked Baby Meltdown = OK
Public Naked Grown Man Meltdown = Not OK

So why is this even a problem? Why do people think that tweets will change the world? In an age where issues come and go like a herpes outbreak on jersey shore, our attention span is shrinking. Who remembers the shooting in Colorado that happened last month? Probably only the people most affected by it. It’s no longer “news” and therefore irrelevant. Fading in to the annals of infamy, not to be confused with the anals of infamy, only to be remembered once a year on it’s anniversary . . . . maybe. Or, like Jay-Z so eloquently puts it:

I’m on to the next one
On to the next one
On to the next one
On to the next one
On to the next one
On to the next one
On to the next one

Hold up, freeze

Somebody bring me back some money please,

Hov on that new sh-t n-ggas like how come
N-ggas want my old sh-t, buy my old album
N-ggas stuck on stupid, I gotta keep it moving
N-ggas make the same sh-t, me I make the blueprint

Jay-Z, you have the classiest lyrics EVER.

Anyway, So when z-list “celebrities” like (and it pains me to mention her because it validates her existence) Kym Cardashiun tweet "#ArmenianGenocide!!!!!" to help commemorate a genocide early last century, people responded by retweeting “#ArmenianGenocide!!!!!”, which does what?


It does nothing, but take up valuable space on the internet.

I’m going to guess that people retweeted “#ArmenianGenocide!!!!!”, didn’t even know what the word “genocide” meant, forgot about it after 5 minutes, then went and grabbed a double cheeseburger. I only think that because that’s what I did.

Look, I really don’t have any answers for you. It’s clear to me that America has decided to not really try anymore, and this is the outcome.  I don’t think it’s any president’s fault, but if it was, it’d be Obama’s for shore.  It’s a shame.  I guess I’ll probably just sit here in my underwear and keep complaining because at the end of the day, I’m not doing this to change the world, I’m doing this to change myself.  #merica

Here are two opinion pieces by Sarah Kendzior that really drive the nail into the hopeful coffin of celebrity activism. Click HERE, or maybe even HERE. But Not HERE. And definitely Don’t click HERE.


MindySue said...

I don't know if those links are right...the first two, I mean.

merk said...