Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Turn down for what?


In street language "turn down for what" is a question used by teenagers. "Turn up" is the act of getting drunk and high and being reckless so "turn down" means sobering up. Turn down for what? is really saying I am fucked up and I don't care no matter what. 

People identify and go crazy over celebrities. 

Movie stars are attractive. Desirable. Rich. Famous. Smart. People idolize them because, well, they want to be like them. I'm sure there's a ton of psychological studies to go with this, but for the most part, people are copying celebrities and intimately relate to them.

Holywood. Media. Mass publicity. Group-think. Hero worship is a learned behavior. Children are encouraged to look for inspiration and they find role models, and they find it in celebrities. Unfortunately, false media dominates the world. Scientists and other real human heroes aren't known outside their fields, they are not famous.

Exactly, how many kids have been identified with Superman it is not known. Maybe a couple of generations at least. They grow up watching movies, reading cartoons, playing with plastic toys, wanting to be Superman...

There is the well known dark side of Superman story. The Superman curse refers to a series of supposedly related misfortunes that surrounds people involved in Superman, particularly actors who have played the role of Superman in film and television.

Many misfortunes are experienced by actors of Superman, so much so that some talent agents cite the curse as the reason for the difficulty in casting actors in the role in live-action feature films.

No one wants to be Superman anymore.

Christopher Reeve played Superman (Clark Kent) in the Superman movie series, part I, II, III and IV. He was so closely identified with the character that it was difficult for him to acquire lead parts in other films, and was largely relegated to Superman sequels and supporting roles... He finished his life paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from his horse in a cross-country equestrian riding event in 1995. He died ten years after due to heart failure stemming from his medical condition.

Other generations were growing up with the cool and cult movie The Matrix. Neo was a role model for many, many people. In meanwhile the main actor, Keanu Reeves, was going through incredibly difficult life. 

Keanu’s life has been full of tragedies. At the age of three, his father left their family. He attended four different high schools, struggled with dyslexia, making his education very challenging, eventually he left high school without earning a diploma.

At the age of 23, his closest friend died of a drug overdose. In 1999, the love of his life was pregnant with their daughter. But the child was stillborn, and they break up. 18 months later, his former love was killed in a car accident.

His sister had leukemia. He donated 70 percent of his money from The Matrix to hospitals that treat leukemia...

A brutal shock from a remarkable performer.

Robin Williams was a superb stand-up comic with a staggering talent for improvisation. He was loved by so many and his movies are a great source of joy and entertainment. Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet Society etc... So when he hanged himself in his California home in August 2014, the news of his death was met with incomprehension around the world. Besides being a comedian, he clearly suffered from a deep depression – these were symptoms hiding in plain sight.


I’m impressed by the rulers of this world. Turn down for what? is a not a random coincidental thing. Humanity, it seems, yearned for this kind of life in the age of Mickey Mouse, and Kim Kardashian's eyelashes, enjoying their lives like enjoying enormous roller coaster.


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