Bigsley the Oaf

Social Paranoia/Claustrophobia + Miley Cyrus VMA’s Performance

Posted in Uncategorized by bigsleytheoaf on August 27, 2013

“Is there a way to combine the indulgences of impurity and the blessings of purity?”

– Philip Wadler

“Yet in order to sustain his creed, contemporary man pays the price in a remarkable lack of introspection. He is blind to the fact that, with all his rationality and efficiency he is possessed by “powers” that are beyond his control. His gods and demons have not disappeared at all; they have merely got new names. They keep him on the run with restlessness, vague apprehensions, psychological complications, an insatiable need for pills, alcohol, tabacco, food – and, above all, a large array of neuroses.”

– Carl Jung

“I believe in clear-cut positions. I think that the most arrogant position is this apparent, multidisciplinary modesty of “what I am saying now is not unconditional, it is just a hypothesis,” and so on. It really is a most arrogant position. I think that the only way to be honest and expose yourself to criticism is to state clearly and dogmatically where you are. You must take the risk and have a position.”

– Slavoj Žižek

About two years ago, I decided it was time to de-friend everyone on Facebook and retreat into a sort of social media hermeticism. I deleted my OkCupid account and stopped tweeting. I removed everything from my Facebook account except for my picture and de-friended everyone who wasn’t a close friend.

I retreated abruptly and completely because I found that, by opening myself up to what my friends were posting, what they were genuinely expressing, I was being subjected to a mindless onslaught of contemporary bullshit which I was tremendously uncomfortable associating with them. What I saw was a cadre of people certain in their beliefs – resolute that the media they were observing was real and meaningful, and that their reactions were genuinely their own.

If you actually got anything from my last post, hopefully it was a feeling that I’m at a sort of weird standstill in my life. On the one hand, I want to commit to the things I care about and follow them with certainty and faith that they are, in fact, real and meaningful. On the other hand, I’m reluctant to let go of my skepticism/distance/objectivity – it feels safe – a womb which allows me to believe things without truly believing in them or following through based on my beliefs. Seeing such earnest and naive displays of attention to contemporary noise (e.g. Sarah Palin) was disappointing and made me feel alone.

Last June, following my divorce, I decided that it was time to re-join the world and start meeting people again, so I added back some people as friends, started going to parties + meeting new folks + adding + them + as + friends + on + Facebook. I wanted to be invited to events and take part in “society” again. My marriage had, to some extent, been a retreat into a 2-person weirdo cult, and I wanted to open back up to society. I even got a job at a company with more than 5 people.


Today I logged onto facebook and someone had posted a picture of Miley Cyrus shaking her ass on Robin Thicke’s dick, but he had been photoshopped to have Beetlejuice’s face.

Then I went to work, and people were talking about this shit.

Then my friend Jason mentioned that he had heard about this shit, and he’s one of the more insulated motherfuckers I know. Of course, he was talking about the fact that he wished he was somehow able to insulate himself from this ridiculous noise.

Then I watched the fucking video and almost vomited. Using black people as fucking props what a piece of shit.

Then I read a Huffington Post post.

Then I decided to write this post.

In this post-post-post-post-…-post-everything culture can we really expect that the Huffington Post reaction is not part of the marketing scheme for this disgust? People read the H.P. to feel self-righteous, and the H.P. delivered.

Did they calculate that I’d write this post? Did the marketing team crafting this viral nonsense know that I’d be having these reactions? Are they that insidious?

Can I propose that the H.P. article is actually part of the apparatus of racism, because it gets page views (makes money) by making entertainment out of the act of being racist?

Miley’s up there wagging her vag in everyone’s face and spanking black women, and the most they can come up with is:

“Cyrus is annexing working-class black “ratchet” culture, the potent sexual symbolism of black female bodies, to the cause of her reinvention: her transformation from squeaky-clean Disney-pop poster girl to grown-up hipster-provocateur.”

Why is the rhetoric in the H.P. not borderline-violent? This shit is not OK anymore. It’s not funny, it’s not interesting, the reactions aren’t interesting, nothing is interesting about it. It’s just not OK. It’s offensive, insulting, and horrifying. It’s a way that black people continue to be oppressed – the fact that there is not unanimous and extreme white disapproval of this sends the message that we simply don’t care if a white girl appropriates elements of a culture that isn’t hers and uses people as objects. What is the result of a culture bristling this much? Why do we let her get to us?

It’s like kids on a playground. Kid A likes to taunt Kid B because he knows he’ll get a reaction. This basically continues until Kid B punches Kid A in his stupid fucking face. Fuck Miley Cyrus, let’s destroy the media.


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