Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kumming for Kony

Forget the idea of a post-racial America; it's long since been proven that the election of Barack Obama did anything but usher in a new age of national tolerance. A post-satire America -- well, that's a different story. I've said it before but it bears repeating: Our culture may now be past the point where parody is necessary because so much of the ostensibly serious stuff that we see, hear and read on a daily basis feels like parody. Intensified by a political climate that pushes the bounds of sanity and delivered at lightning speed by the internet, our society has become one big meta-joke.

Case in point, what may very well be the most perfectly fucking crazy thing I've ever seen posted on the internet. Something so jaw-droppingly weird and stupid that it truly does defy description. It's beyond satire, beyond meta, something even the geniuses at the Onion couldn't have imagined in their most caffeine-induced late-night brainstorming session. Sure, it's been brilliantly adopted as a label by The Daily Show, but this thing is so thoroughly what-the-fuck on so many different levels that it truly is Zen -- and it may even qualify as honest-to-God art in what it no-doubt-inadvertently says about where we are as a culture at this point in our history.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you porn star and former Charlie Sheen "goddess" Bree Olson's "Naked for Kony 2012."

A couple of thoughts, right off the bat: First, never before has a video been created that in five short minutes tells you everything you need to know about Los Angeles. Second, please keep in mind as you watch the clip that normally when Bree addresses the internet it's with entreaties like this. On that note, in response to the response to the video (try and keep up) Bree tells the Huffington Post that she used her body as bait to draw her regular audience -- presumably, men who are really into ejaculating on a woman's face -- to the Kony cause and hopefully drum up even more publicity for the only nominally ethical Invisible Children organization. Incidentally, she also says she hopes to one day travel to Africa -- and will do so just as soon as she figures out how to get across the Panama Canal.


J. Dack said...

I think it's a bit irresponsible for someone of her stature to title a video "Naked for $x" and then not appear naked at any point.

Fraud, says I.

Jadine said...

Stopped at 1:30 minutes in. I am now dumber and there is a minute and a half of my life I can never get back.

Claude Weaver said...

Well...that was...something...i watched.

So the logic here is really making me think of those Guinness commercials from not too long ago, with the two random scientists with mustaches:

Guy 1: "Hey, people are not taking us seriously because we are looking kinda douchey. What should we do?"

Guy 2: "I know, let's copy PETA. If anybody knows about getting people to ignore douchiness for a good cause with boobs, it's them!"

Guy 1: "But won't people look right through that? And don't they have all the still-kinda-famous celebs people want to see naked already?"

Guy 2: "You're right. Aha! Let's do better! Let's get an actual porn star to do it! Nobody has ever taken a porn star less than seriously!"

Guy 1: "Brilliant!"

Guy 2: "Brilliant!"

Anonymous said...

The title made me think this was a jab at the recent news blurb about how one of the creators of the video was arrested having a naked mental breakdown on the street. I didn't think it was more "Kony is bad" stuff until I read the description.

Also is it me or is the amount of attention this Kony thing has received a bit surprising? Not because he's a clearly a horrible person but because it seems like for many people this is the first they've learned that bad shit happens in Africa. Like before this it was all Lion Kings and Madonna Adoptions.

Steven D Skelton said...

I know we spar from time to time, but you really are one of the writers I admire most...and this post is a great example of why.

After watching that video, I was absolutely incapable of putting a coherent thought together in response.

I have to admire a man that can.