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.