Sunday, May 25, 2014

Losing One's Head in Versailles

I have been imagining over this long wedding weekend which union might be more doomed, the union of Kim Kardashian & Kanye West or the earlier one of  King Louis XVI and his Queen Marie Antoinette. Both were enshrined in an obscene amount of glitz at Versailles, which is what links them in my mind. 

I imagine that Kimye (their new combined name) will at least have intact heads which is better than Louis and Marie did but it is hard to see why anyone likes them better. Louis and Marie were reviled for their extravagant lifestyles paid for by the people. One could say Kimye is paid by the people too but one must admit then that it is the people acting as complete fools which makes this lifestyle possible. Of their own free will, people watch, buy or listen to things which make Kimye possible. By contrast, Louis and Marie's followers were forced to do so because of the prevailing doctrine of the day, the divine right of kings. Of course they were illiterate peasants who had never been educated. What is today's Kimye fan's excuse?

Kimye's rehearsal dinner was held at Versailles even though the wedding was in Florence, Italy. This was the opening of festivities below at Versailles for them. 

Kim set the tone of things by having a fight with her brother about he weighed too much for her wedding. This sent him jetting back to the states. Meanwhile, Kanye used both evenings to take to the mike so he could address the wedding guests about his grievances. His tirade went on for at least half an hour at each about how unfairly they are portrayed in the press. 

He particularly resents the skits on Saturday Night Live which make fun of the two of them and especially Kim's complete lack of talent. And to think that historians often describe Louis XVI as oblivious to the seriousness of the events swirling around him. Maybe Versailles has that effect on personalities who have easily inflatable egos.  Kanye also celebrated the empire of the Kardashians. Louis likewise was happy about Marie's relations in the Austrian Empire, whom his people hated. This also helped part his head from his shoulders.

These are Kanye West's exact words from his wedding speech:

They feel like it's okay to put you on the tabloid covers to sell your image, to use you in an SNL spoof. We don't negotiate. We're not like that. We're not stupid.

The Kardashians are an industry!
We are warriors! There is not one person at this table that has not had to defend us at some point or another. At this table ... the combination of powers ... can make the world a better place.
[Kim is the] ideal celebrity...the ideal art.

end of extract, Kanye West speech.

The below is from Saturday Night Live showing the two cast members who play Kimye. These are among the most hilarious sketches SNL has ever done.

Here is one of those sketches for you to go see now here.

To see more of these sketches go here

Interestingly, Kanye performed on this season of SNL. One of his numbers was "I Am A God".  And he wonders why these comics are poking fun at him? This is what the Paste magazine review had to say about his album:

"The low-point on Yeezus, Kanye West’s sixth album, is “I Am A God,” a rhythmically rote electro-buzz that inflates Kanye’s legendary ego to (literally) biblical proportions. That Kanye’s anointed himself as Jesus’ BFF isn’t surprising: After a decade of hip-hop domination and high-profile media spectacles, the dude’s made plenty of enemies—Jesus may be the final person he hasn’t totally pissed off. The song’s (unintentional?) punchline is its underlying paradox: Kanye worships God; Kanye is God; therefore, Kanye worships Kanye. Which sounds about right. "

That Kimye has absolutely no sense of humor or the absurd helps fuel the fire. They take themselves so seriously that they fail to notice the rest of the world and their absurd places in it.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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