Our Kardashian Culture
The recent death of former NBA star Kobe Bryant, and the unbelievable saturation news coverage that followed, illustrated again that we are no longer living in America 1.0.
Bryant was a great basketball player, one of the best in NBA history. He was also accused of raping a nineteen year old hotel worker in 2003. Like all celebrities and wealthy people, Bryant escaped punishment and later settled out of court. The mainstream media broke a time-honored tradition at the time, by disclosing the name of the victim, and questioned her character and motivations in several biased, inflammatory reports. At the last minute, she abruptly decided not to testify, and Bryant avoided a trial.
In the eyes of a reasonable person, Kobe Bryant’s eventual admission of sexual contact with his accuser, without acknowledging any guilt, defined him as being significantly less than heroic. Following the helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, which also tragically took the lives of his thirteen year old daughter and eight others, accolades and tributes fit for royalty came forth, mostly via Twitter, which is the national Town Crier for America 2.0.
Bryant exemplified the new celebrity; although his fame came from athletics, he somehow won an Oscar, and is the only non-actor to have his hand and footprints immortalized at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Upon his death, heartfelt responses came in from not only the sports world, but every high-profile entertainer, and leading political figures from around the world. The Grammys opened by paying tribute to Bryant, who had absolutely no connection to the world of music.
Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended by the newspaper following her “insensitive” tweet linking to a 2016 story that went over the DNA evidence and other details in the rape case. In a tweet she subsequently deleted, Sonmez noted, “Well, THAT was eye-opening. To the 10,000 people (literally) who have commented and emailed me with abuse and death threats, please take a moment and read the story…”
I have noticed how social media becomes completely taken over whenever a cultural “superstar” dies. However, there is clearly a racial element here, which adheres to the social identity mindset that rules what’s left of our culture with an iron hand. When Prince- who had a handful of hit records in the 1980s but was never an iconic musical figure, died the attention it received on social media was shocking. He was repeatedly called the “greatest guitarist” in the world, which was completely ridiculous.
However, when Glenn Frey of the Eagles, and Tom Petty died, there was no such media saturation. By any measure, both were far more successful, important, and talented than Prince could have ever hoped to be. I have wondered, in the wake of Bryant’s death, how the media, the entertainment world, and important politicians would have reacted if Larry Bird died in a helicopter crash. Can we really picture the Grammys opening with a tribute to Larry Bird?
In America 2.0, the “culture” has been thoroughly ghettoized. The most dysfunctional and ignorant elements of our society set fashion trends, and highly educated individuals mimic their bastardized English and ignorant catch phrases. I realize that the instinctive response to this is “racist!” And that’s an essential part of this culture of stupidity, which now runs this country. Pointing out that the emperor is stark naked results in hysterical name-calling and collective shunning. After all, it isn’t “African Americans” collectively who are being so overrated and over represented in all media. It’s those from hopeless, poverty stricken areas, or pretending to be. You know, the “hoods” that Spike Lee and other black directors waxed rhapsodic over in a gazillion films.
While our culture is now influenced by, and geared towards the interests of our second largest minority group, its poster child is the Kardashian family. Led by a dull young lady with no discernible talent, outside of her large, round backside, its unimportant, low class dynamics inexplicably attract the interest of many Americans. The Kardashians have it all; the youngest billionaire in America (who is just as untalented as the rest of them), and a former male Olympic star who has transformed into the most famous transgender woman in the world.
While the Kardashians are white, they cannot truly represent America 2.0 without some real virtue signaling in their midst. So all of the Kardashian girls proudly advertise their desire for black men exclusively. Call me naive, but isn’t a proclamation that you will only consider those from one racial group “racist?” It certainly would be if they just as proudly declared that they were willing to only date white men. But then again, how do we explain a black-centric culture that is run exclusively by….whites?
The cultural “stars” of America 2.0 are people like rapper Snoop Dog, or rappers turned actors like Ice T and Ice Cube. These preposterous names wouldn’t even be terribly creative if toddlers made them up. Their only true white counterparts are Kid Rock, or Eminem (although his name at least is based on something- his actual initials are MM). It is truly saddening, or perhaps truly hilarious, to watch white people from upper-class backgrounds with Ivy League educations, refer to them respectfully by these childish stage names, and act as if they have anything of value to say about anything. Other than to talk about “racism,” of course.
In America 1.0, the entertainment world was filled with brilliant black performers. But Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and the like have been supplanted by Alicia Keys (90% white, but affects a laughable Ebonics accent and is openly anti-white), John Legend, Drake, and a slew of forgettable rapper/singers whose stage name begins with “Lil’.” Token whites like Miley Cyrus try their best to fit in; grinding obscenely and dressing provocatively, and producing the same kind of putrid product.
On the big screen, Hollywood recently produced the estimated one billionth film about a black man being unjustly accused of doing something to a white woman. The star of the film, Jamie Foxx, is renowned for having given a party in Hollywood some years ago, which featured a sign hanging outside the entrance which read “No white men allowed.” White women, of course, were welcome. Chris Rock, “cutting edge” black comedian, notably genuflected before Barack Obama, as all black and most white entertainers did, with an inane comment about Obama being our father, and how “you listen to your Dad.” While Blacks tend to stand in racial solidarity, most Whites won’t even acknowledge their race.
Hollywood’s fascination with American slavery, and the century of Jim Crow laws that inexorably came after the horrific military occupation of the defeated southern states, does not extend to fascination with non-American slavery or injustice. We await the first film about the estimated 10 million slaves that are suffering in bondage today in India. And there has yet to be a movie blasting the totalitarian, Orwellian Chinese government, with its draconian social credit scores and bunk bed-sized residences.
The election of Donald Trump, on the heels of two terms of our first partially black president, has changed the political landscape forever. The divisiveness is entrenched now, and revolves around cultural issues, but those cultural issues are largely racially based. Under political correctness, you must extol the abilities of any nonwhite performer, while white performers can be criticized in the most profane manner. How can we hope to have a truly equal society, where one is judged on the content of a character, as Martin Luther King reminded us, and not the color of a skin, when the same rules, laws, and standards of conduct don’t apply equally to all?
The ghetto culture permeates all levels of American society now. The lack of civility or empathy for others, the brash and loud public profanity or blaring music, the willingness to become confrontational over the smallest thing- all of this was once the exclusive province of what were then indelicately called “bad” neighborhoods. Now, to merely suggest that a neighborhood is “bad” is to risk being called a “racist.” Unless you explain that you’re talking about a trailer park, and refer to its inhabitants as “white trash,” or some similarly acceptable term. It’s perfectly okay to stereotype an entire group, as long as that group is entirely white.
The Kardashian culture is just as curious as the rest of America 2.0. While seemingly “liberal” in its obsequious devotion to the rights and welfare of nonwhites, non-Christians, and non-heterosexuals, the culture doesn’t care a whit about the massive, increasing disparity of wealth, which I detailed in my book Survival of the Richest. Unless it’s to object to nonwhite poverty, and call it “racist.” It also is unconcerned with our nonstop wars. Unless, perhaps, you demonstrate that a disproportionate number of nonwhites are dying in them. After all, modern “liberals” don’t care about capital punishment any longer, unless too many nonwhites are being executed.
There is plenty of room in this Kardashian culture for the Honey Boo Boos of the world. And America 2.0 doesn’t care about real racism, against blacks or anyone else. If they did, they’d focus on police misconduct, and the “three strikes you’re out” mandatory sentencing laws that resulted in incredible numbers of mostly black nonviolent offenders behind bars.
America 2.0, thanks to sixty years of utter neglect, has a Third World infrastructure, and a shameful disparity of wealth, which has produced a Third World economy. This is a fitting complement to our Kardashian culture. And Donald Trump, despite being an old white guy, is the perfect president for this culture; his cartoonish ego, combative nature and incorrect grammar are all desirable attributes of any denizen of an upstanding “hood.” To use another quaint America 2.0 term, he has “street cred.”
This isn’t about celebrating a particular ethnicity for ethnicity’s sake. Blacks who speak English correctly and don’t reflexively play the race card, are denigrated by the culture as not truly being “black.” Kind of like how, in the actual ghettos, Black kids who liked to read, or were concerned about their homework, would be blasted for “acting white.” No, this is a celebration of stupidity.
We’ve all heard about the decadence of the Roman empire, before its fall. It’s impossible to imagine that they could have been any worse than our present-day mess of a civilization.