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HBO’s Picasso Baby: Jay Z Raps the Cult of Celebrity

How young is too young to be initiated into today's decadent pop culture world?

Susan L.M. Goldberg


August 5, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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 I’m bored.

That’s my first reaction to HBO’s latest pseudo-experiment in high culture, Jay Z’s live performance titled Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film.

My documentarian eye was jarred by the constant cutting of footage chronicling the rapper’s six hour live performance at Chelsea’s Pace Gallery. Performance art, yes; film, most definitely. This piece was so heavily edited (6 hours down to 11 minutes) that I couldn’t keep track of what was going on most of the time. Look, there he is singing to some well-dressed woman — oh wait, now it’s Adam Driver; now it’s some other well-dressed woman … oh, wait, now its Jemima Kirke, and look … Judd Apatow! The celebrities filtered into the crowd killed the notion that this was art for the people. No, this is art for HBO — so why not plug a few other shows in our lineup while we’re at it?

At one point the velvet ropes are let down and the crowd is encouraged to approach at a safe distance. Jay Z begins to rap about sticking his cock in the fox’s box and we catch a glimpse of one mother covering her young girl’s ears before we cut to a shot of older women dancing with the rap star. How young is too young to be initiated into the cult? When does it become charming to become nothing more than a fox’s box?

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This is a genuinely creepy culture that make the Addams Family look like optimistic rednecks.
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I agree. The whole pop culture worship thing is creepy and disturbing. And so much of it is so vile and destructive. And the Left is completely enthralled with it.
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It is, in effect, the left worshipping itself, is it not?
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