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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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As far as music goes ,I believe even Bach's Jesus joy of man's desiring can be used by in a bad way say I an evil priest to do his business as hard as this may be to believe when listening :
Music lets you know where people are so the angels can serve them. The same with movies But should be a better rating system and the internet NEEDS to be controlled 100 times better than how it is today I believe.
For example this tea party cult turning their interpretation of the constitution is an idol that is dangerous for our children to be exposed to . Next they get our children to worship Thomas Jefferson and we know what he did chaining slaves and having sex with them
come to think of it some of teaparty belief on Jesus and Mary immigrants comes straight from the throne of Satan in hell. and Thomas Jefferson held his head low in shame as to what he did to his victims. Not so for some tea party today so it seems to me
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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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