Thursday, July 12, 2012
A New Fashion Statement: Grief Tats
Ostentatious vanity has been de rigueur in the last half of the 20th century, now going into the 21st. The age of circuses is here to stay for the time being and has found new venues to put up the tents. There is no modesty, nor is there privacy. There is no shame. Only show.
From the moment a baby is born, it's a show. If you have lots of babies on the same day, it's a series on TLC. Divorcing? There's a show for that. Dysfunctional, abusive parents? A show. Maybe several on different channels. You want to glorify gluttony? Sloth? Greed? Malignant Narcissism? All of the Seven Deadlies! There are shows for each and every one of them, and watching them will teach you the only virtue that there is left: Tolerance.
Why, they'll send out talent scouts to look for new celebrities to be in shows dedicated to every form of excess and perversity! There is nothing that can't be feted, promoted, sold and bought by the drooling masses. Even Death has a show. Consider Diana, Princess of Wales.
When Princess Diana died in 1997, grief as pornography came out. The handwritten letters, stuffed bears, photos and candles piled up outside of Buckingham Palace were tribute to a goddess who typified the ostentatious vanity and emptiness of our culture. The urgency of prayers uttered by the mob of hopeless worshipers to this sad and vacuous woman were obscene, and no matter where you turned your head to avert your gaze from the spectacle of Diana worship, there was no escaping it. In death she became a kind of Christ, slain for the redemption of our sin against fashion and beauty. Even after the funeral, which was quite a show, indeed, the obscenity of Diana Death pornography in the book shops continued, with endless amounts of over sized, badly written photo books on display. She was as lucrative in death as she had been in life.
Perhaps, then, I am being heartless for noting the following tragedy that happened in Harrisburg, PA.
A fire swept through a block of row houses, killing 5 people, 4 of them children. That's the tragic part of the story. This, however, I cannot fathom. Watch. Wait for it, and try not to ask yourself: How much did she spend on this bit of grief pornography?
I won't call the fundraiser obscene, because that would be horribly intolerant, and that is the only sin left to commit.
Link Update: The original video of the mother appearing with her dead children's faces, names and date of death tattooed on her chest, at a benefit to raise money for the funeral expenses was removed. I haven't been able to find a replacement for it. I left the link as it appeared at the time. Going to the news' site yielded no results when I searched for the video.