Tuesday, January 29, 2013
"ZOMG BEYONCE LIP SYNC SCANDAL!!!"
Sasha Weiss from The New Yorker wrote an article last week titled, Why We Care About Beyoncé. In her article she assess the reasons why the American public was simply shocked (!!!) that the diva would dare to give an unauthentic performance on the day of the Presidential Inauguration.
One reason Weiss gave was that juxtaposed with "the earnest idealism" of the event, Beyoncé's supposed fakery "implies some larger fakery at the heart of the entire enterprise."
But isn't the Inauguration, too, just a performance? "How else can we explain that it is through the recitation of scripted words in a ritual call-and-response that the President assumes his position of power?" Weiss asks.
The debate surrounding Beyoncé's performance speaks to America's obsession with "authenticity." Why is it such a scandal if Beyoncé played a scripted version of herself during a performance? Isn't that what all celebrities do? Isn't that what Obama did when he memorized his Inauguration lines?
Just yesterday I read a piece about the growing of trend of fake Facebook weddings. Fake. Weddings. What?? The Internet is just one of the many mediums, where people can and will blur the lines between reality and fantasy. Reality T.V. is another.
Applying these ideas to our journalism class, what does this mean for us when we review a performance? A movie? A book? How do we navigate the authentic and the unauthentic in our reviews? Does it really even matter?