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Why are ‘Celebrities’ so Prone to Social Contagion and Virtue Display?

March 9, 2021 9 comments

In the past, I have written about unusually high rates of female celebrities reporting sexual abuse and the high levels of narcissism, attention Whoring and extra-woke SJW-ism among ‘celebrities’ in general. It is no secret that ‘celebrities’ (especially those in the entertainment sector) of western countries exhibit a lot of behaviors that are.. well.. uncommon among the general population of those countries. While I have my own theories about the reasons behind the apparent clustering of odd behavior patterns and life-experiences among those who are ‘celebrities’ or aspiring to be one, that is a topic best discussed in a future post. Maybe we can also discuss why western societies require ‘celebrities’ to an extent not necessary for other cultures and countries. Hint.. it has something to do with social atomization.

Now let us talk about another annoying pattern behavior of ‘celebrities’- namely their high susceptibility to social contagion and virtue display. What makes this behavior even more peculiar is that anybody with more than half-a-brain can see the hilarious fakeness of their behavior. Some of you might remember hearing all those jokes about Hollywood celebrities adopting black children from Africa about 10-15 years ago. Or how the children of actors, musicians and models started coming out gay, lesbian, queer etc at record numbers in past decade. While the rates of alternative sexual orientations do vary across different populations, it is a bit suspicious when those rates are 5-10 times those for rest of population.

With that in mind, let us talk about the latest social contagion spreading among ‘celebrities’. Have a look at the picture below to understand what I am talking about. FYI: I cam across this image on Twatter. While I was initially skeptical about the photo-montage, a little background research shows that it is factually accurate. Here is the one about Megan Fox and her son, Gwen Stefani and her son, Adele and her son and there are many more. So what are your theories about why so many ‘celebrities’ are enthusiastic about screwing over the developing identities of their children? Isn’t it also a bit odd that we almost never saw this sort of stuff before 2015-2016. If this isn’t an example of social contagion, I don’t know what is..

What do you think? Comments?

Some Thoughts on Hollywood and the Trump Derangement Syndrome

October 27, 2019 16 comments

One of the more unusual features of Trump’s presidency has been the large amount of hate it has elicited from Hollywood “celebrities”. Which is odd because, prior to running for president, Trump was well-liked by the same people who now make it a point to constantly proclaim their dislike and disdain for him. So how does a guy who was always lecherous, willing to scam others, with a seriously racist worldview and numerous other character flaws go from just another Hollywood-friendly “celebrity” to an icon of everything that is wrong with this country? Now, I am sure that some of you might say that his many flaws became relevant only after winning the 2016 election and becoming president. But is that really the case?

Think about it! Almost every single character flaw which is supposed to make Trump unsuitable for the presidency would also make him a shitty human being that others would not like to hang out with. For starters, take his well-known obsession with young women, teenage girls and his eldest daughter. As some of you might know, it was widely known that he a bit rapey, unusually interested in beauty pageants and seriously obsessed with his older daughter. However none of these facts were disqualifying to the numerous Hollywood “celebrities” who hung around him during those decades. Which brings us to the question as to why a guy who is now portrayed as a “sexual predator” was once an integral part of the celebrity circuit. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Or take his well-known history of being involved in multiple failed business and likely connections with mafia in NJ. Was any of this a secret? Did any of this ever have an adverse effect on his acceptance by the Hollywood “celebrity” circuit in the past? Did they stop hanging out with him because he stiffed many small business who had done work for him? Did his rumored connections with the mafia in NJ make him a pariah among Hollywood “celebrities”? Moving on to his history of casual racism and race-colored worldviews.. Did any of the many “woke celebrities” who now condemn his racism on an almost daily basis ever stop associating with him because of his views and actions before 2016? And let us be clear, his main business interests had the subject of investigation and prosecution by the government for racist practices since the 1970s.

My point is that none of these “woke celebrities”, who now criticize Trump at every turn, cared that he was a racist lecher with a massively bloated ego before 2016. But why not? Why didn’t his old and well-known character flaws become an issue until his election on Nov 8, 2016? To understand what I am getting at, let us compare him to the two other previous presidents, namely Obama44 and Bush43. As I have written about in previous posts, the Obama presidency was a disaster for the democratic party and tens of millions in this country. One could even make the claim that popular dissatisfaction with the Obama presidency was an important reason behind the rise of somebody such as Trump. And yet, the Hollywood “celebrity” circuit and discredited lamestream media treat Obama as if he was the best president ever.

So why does an ex-president whose greatest claim to fame is that he did not fuck it up as bad as his predecessor (Bush43) become the establishment’s unquestioned darling? A major clue to this apparent paradox can be found in the recent attempts by elites to rehabilitate the image of Bush43. As some might remember, Bush43 was the single most disastrous president in living memory. Not only did he start the last two major military conflicts which USA lost, but his administration presided over a number of other shitshows such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Housing Bubble and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. So why did Bush43 get only a fraction of the hate from Hollywood “celebrities” that the orange troll gets on a weekly basis?

The more cynical of you might attribute this to the relative absence of social media platforms during the Bush43 presidency. While the lack of smartphones and relative newness of Twitter, FakeBook etc did reduce the amount of dissenting voices during that era, there were two far bigger factors which kept “celebrities” from criticizing Bush43 to anywhere near the levels they do for Trump. Firstly, Bush43 was part of the establishment- even if the credibility of that entity was coming apart in front of everyone. As a consequence of that, the majority of criticism about his administration came from people who were not part of the establishment- either centrally or peripherally. The thing is.. majority of Hollywood “celebrities” see themselves as part of the establishment- if only in their minds.

In their eyes, Trump’s real crime is that he is not part of the establishment. Yes.. you heard that right. They express their dislike for the orange troll, not because he is an incompetent, lecherous and cruel loser or a delusional blowhard- but because he is not part of the right crowd (as they see it). Bush43’s actions resulted in the loss of many hundreds thousands lives, trillions of dollars and ushered the beginning of end for USA as a superpower. By those lofty standards, Trump is a bumbling doofus who hasn’t been able to cause a fraction of the damage caused by the Bush43 presidency. But Bush43, unlike Trump, was part of the right crowd.

An even bigger reason for why Hollywood “celebrities” dump on Trump has to do with the nature of north american society. The thing is.. many of you believe that societies like DPRK and China are the most conformist societies in existence today. However having met and interacted with a number of people from all over the world, I can say without a shadow of doubt that USA is by far the most conformist society on earth today. It is of course true that people in this country spend tons of money and expend much effort to pretend they are individualistic- and then go about showing it in a highly conformist manner. As I mentioned in an old post, a society usually lacks whatever quality, resource or attribute it portray itself to be full of.

The entertainment sector, aka Hollywood etc, is especially full of unimaginative conformists who spend a lot of time and resources pretending they are individualistic free-spirits. However when they hear dog-whistles from the few who have tons of money and power, almost everybody falls in line. That is why dissing Trump has become a competitive sport among Hollywood “celebrities”. Furthermore, we have reached a stage where simulacra have become more important than reality for many people in this country- at least in the short term. Everybody in that sector seems to be displaying fashionable, curated and attention-grabbing versions of themselves. And who can fault them for doing so in a world where only the best fake displays of opinions, behavior and outrage will ensure their continued fame, visibility and relevance.

What do you think? Comments?

Some Thoughts on Mueller Report and Trump Derangement Syndrome

April 21, 2019 8 comments

Over past couple of days, I managed to read some more of the Mueller Report and to be honest.. it isn’t that exciting, otherwise would have finished it by now. Having said that, it doesn’t contain any evidence of “collusion” or conspiracy between the Orange Buffoon or members of his 2016 campaign team with ‘Russia’ or Putin’. The contents of that report, if anything, further validates my belief of Trump being the real-life version of the George Bluth Sr. character from Arrested Development. Similarities between many members of fictional Bluth family and Trump clan have been pointed out by others in the past. Also, building a wall between Mexico and USA was one of the central story arcs in the 4th season of that show in 2013.

The report merely confirms Trump being somebody with street-smarts but otherwise incapable of thinking strategically or systematically. And this makes him like almost every other rich guy who got there through some combination of having rich parents and being at the right place at right time. The very idea that such an intellectually mediocre but egotistical lecher could participate in any complex conspiracy is as absurd as somebody with serious brain damage caused by playing american football going on to become a famous mathematician. That he actually took the Mueller investigation and RussiaGate seriously enough to utter “This is the end of my presidency, I’m fucked” to people around him (in spite of being innocent) tells you far more about his state of mind than his ability to do anything beyond pay hush money to his mistresses.

Some of you might say that Trump is too stupid to understand that he is being manipulated by ‘Putin’ or ‘Russia’. Fair enough.. now tell me which of his actions towards Russia are irrefutable proof of him being a ‘Puppet of Putin’? In case you can find a few minor ones, do also tell me how you reconcile all those other major hostile actions taken by his administration against Russia with Trump being a ‘Russian Stooge’. While you are at it, also tell me how Trump’s behavior towards Kim Jong-un is a sign of the later having “kompromat” on the former. My point is that there is no evidence for Trump’s policy towards Russia being any less hawkish than that of his predecessor. To put it another way, Trump is basically a boilerplate republican president with poor impulse control and especially brazen, stupid and incompetent advisers.

Which brings me to the topic of Trump Derangement Syndrome, also know as Orange Man Bad. As I have noted in a few previous posts, hating Trump is a very popular form of performance art among celebrities, corporate media types, establishment democrats, other deep state types and basically anyone who wants to be recognized as “woke”. Of course, they will never explain why they used to be super chummy with Trump before he ran for the presidency in 2015. Or.. why exactly Trump’s policies are so much worse than those of Obama44 or Bush43? Then again, I do not expect such delusional and incompetent losers to have the mental ability to answer such introspective questions. So let me help you understand the real reason behind their irrational hatred for Trump aka Trump Derangement Syndrome aka Orange Man Bad.

In an older post, I pointed out that Trump’s approval numbers (which were always low) have not suffered from the 24/7 barrage of negative news against him unleashed by the corporate media and establishment. Why not and what does it have to do with Trump Derangement Syndrome. Even the gain of legislative seats in the 2018 elections by democrats was largely due to popular anger directed at Trump’s missteps on healthcare and inability to stop outsourcing rather than his persona. So what is happening? Why has the near constant assault by establishment types and their media flunkies on his personality had basically no effect on his approval ratings? part of the answer to that question lies in the nature of contemporary american elites and how they are perceived by the rest of society- especially after 2008.

As I have mentioned in numerous prior posts, the elites of most societies throughout human history have risen to power via some combination of blind luck and parasitism. In other words, they are not actually competent at fulfilling the duties of the societal positions they occupy. Under conditions of economic growth and general societal well-being, it is possible for cover their gross inadequacies, largely because they don’t have to do anything beyond acting competent- the key word being ‘acting’. That is why a lot of the declared 2020 democratic candidates resemble used-car salesmen and D-list actors. This however stops working and becomes counterproductive when the society in question goes into prolonged or terminal socio-economic decline. USA as a nation has been in obvious terminal decline since 2008- at least for the 99%.

Trump winning the presidency is a very visible reminder to the establishment elite that the old status quo is fragile and likely over. Sure.. the guy is a piece of shit, but let us not pretend that he is a bigger disaster than his predecessors such as Bush43 and Obama44. If you don’t believe me, just look at how easily establishment democarts were to forgive Bush43 for his role in the failed and incredibly expensive occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan- not to mention all the other shit that went on during his presidency. Or look at how they celebrate Obama44 for everything he promised voters but did not deliver- from ending foreign wars, passing something approaching universal healthcare, holding financial institutions accountable, slowing down job outsourcing, improving racial relations and a whole host of other things he could have done.

Those who display Trump Derangement Syndrome are like those idiots who want to return to some mythical golden era or period- you know, the one which never existed. To make maters worse, condemning Trump and publicly wanting his presidency to end in some shameful way has become part of the sacrament for anybody who wants to maintain their relevance among the elites or hope to join their ranks. That is why people as diverse as Rachel Maddow, Laurence Tribe, almost every Hollywood or Music celebrity, rich voters living in certain coastal zip codes and establishment Democrats (and Republicans) in addition to many “national security officials” were (and still are) so invested in the Mueller Report. It is also why they are now busy spinning the lackluster findings and moving the goal posts- with almost every single passing hour.

See.. the thing is, western elites lack the reality-based ruling mandate of their Chinese or Russian counterparts. For the past 30-40 years, their claim to rule has been largely based on looking good, competent, intelligent, sophisticated and clever. This is why establishment democrats still worship Clinton42 and Obama44 and their republican counterparts have made a cult out of professing reverence for Reagan40. That is why they push candidates such as Kamala Harris, Beta O’Rourke and that Pete Buttguy. Trump’s election in 2016 was a massive public relation disaster for them because it showed that even an egotistical lecher with the attentions span of a mildly-retarded dog could still perform the “most important job in the world”. The Trump Derangement Syndrome is therefore largely driven by their hate for him after he inadvertently exposed their incompetence, impotency and rapidly declining relevance.

What do you think? Comments?

Explanation for the Intense Hatred of Trump by ‘Hollywood’ Celebrities

December 23, 2018 13 comments

The election of Trump on November 8, 2016 has had many interesting and peculiar effects on the state of public and private discourse in this country. For example, we have recently seen multiple prominent democrats and their surrogates loudly proclaim that Bush43 was not as big a disaster as Trumpdespite the incredibly bad track record of the former. As some of you might be aware, there is an ongoing effort to rehabilitate the public image and legacy of Bush43 and his recently deceased father (Bush41). In case you require help remembering how incredibly disastrous the Bush43 presidency really was, let me remind you it began with a stolen presidential election, went through 9/11 and its aftermath, a failed invasion and occupation of Iraq, the incredibly poor response to aftermath of hurricane Katrina and ended with the Global Financial Crisis of 2008.

And this brings me to an interesting observation about the difference in reaction of Hollywood and entertainment “celebrities” to the presidencies of Bush43 and Trump45. Why did a president as disastrous such as Bush43 never get anywhere near level of hate as that ineffectual orange-haired buffoon is getting right now? Think about it.. Bush43 presided over many monumental fuckups which were unusually expensive in terms of human lives and money, not to mention the other irreversible representational hits to this country. In my opinion, he makes Trump45 look positively benign by comparison. Yet, we never saw anything close to the continual attempts by entertainment “celebrities” to ‘take down’, ‘destroy’, trash-talk or fixate on Trump45 during the two terms of Bush43. My question is.. why not?

Some of you might believe that this has something to do with social media and the internet being far more ubiquitous in 2018 that in 2001, 2003, 2005 or 2008. Well.. that is a small part of the story. But a much larger part concerns how the inadequacies of each president were presented by the corporate media and seen by the deep state. Bush43, for all of his horrendously expensive failings, was seen as a borderline brain-damaged guy who could be reliably counted on to rubber-stamp whatever the elite and deep state types wanted. Oddly enough, though Trump45 has also been largely beholden to the wishes of elites and deep state types- he somehow elicits multiple magnitudes more hate and contempt from entertainment types than Bush43. What makes this even more peculiar is that Trump was quite popular with them before running for the presidency.

So.. how did Trump go from being somebody who was very acceptable to socialize with prior to 2016 to the literal embodiment of everything wrong about this country? Let us be honest.. his basic personality has not changed over the past few decades. He has always been a narcissistic blowhard and pussygrabber who loved the media spotlight, in addition to being moderately racist. To put it another way, he did not suddenly transform into what these “celebrities” claim to hate after he announced his presidential campaign in 2016. His lack of business acumen has been common knowledge for years and his odd interest in his eldest daughter (Ivanka) is an open secret. Just google ‘ivanka donald trump sitting lap‘ and see for yourself, or not.

My point is that all these entertainment “celebrities” who now claim to denounce and hate Trump with every breath had zero issues hanging out with him and (in some cases) even having sex with him before mid-2015. And they had far more knowledge about his numerous oddities and shortcomings than the general public. So what explains their sudden change in behavior towards Trump. How did he go from just another billionaire they hung out with (often, a lot) to a hated and detested pariah- in their eyes. And let us get real, the entertainment sector is filled with some of the most mentally screwed up and depraved people alive today. Have you heard these allegedly moral “celebrities” condemn the misadventures of Henry Kissinger in Cambodia or Bush43 in Iraq to anywhere near the level they rail against every single brain-fart.. I mean Tweet.. posted by Trump. Have they ever questioned HRC about the disastrous effects of her policies (as secretary of state) in countries such as Libya or Syria?

Anyway.. let us get back to the main focus of this post and talk about my explanation(S) for the newfound and peculiar hatred of Trump by entertainment “celebrities”.

1] A significant part of the public hate displayed by entertainment “celebrities” towards Trump after he became president comes down to virtue signalling. See.. in a place like Hollywood (used to describe the film, TV, music and related sectors), there is far more talent than there are opportunities. Consequently, everyone and their dog is trying to make sure that they maximize their chances of getting that first break or next assignment which will either make them famous or maintain their position. Since most of the hiring and casting in that sector is based on highly subjective criteria, everyone who cares about their next big paycheck (or simply a paycheck) has to make sure not to disqualify themselves. That is why everyone (who has not hit the big time yet) appears to have an unusually sunny and optimistic mindset. Face it.. that is also why there so are so many gurus, cults and other new-agey bullshit in that sector.

2] What is the common factor which unites the most vocal anti-Trump “celebrities”? Think about it.. what is common to Debra Messing, Alyssa Milano, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Kimmel, Meryl Streep, Chelsea Handler, J.K. Rowling, Robert De Niro, Madonna and Ben Stiller. Let me give you a hint.. think of the last time they were successful in their field. In most cases, their last big hits were over ten years ago. Sure.. those were big hits, but nothing they have done since then have been significant. Perhaps they want to feel culturally relevant again? Another class of minor “celebrities” such as John Oliver, Lena Dunham, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer etc are leveraging their public displays to further improve their visibility. And let us not kid ourselves, the anti-Trump bandwagon has proven to be quite profitable for some people such as Stephen Colbert, Alec Balwin in addition to subscriptions for NYT and WP.

3] It is well-known that the entertainment sector tends to attract people with unusually high levels of narcissism. That is why, for example, cults which promise enhanced personal development to their followers can recruit so easily in that sector. Such levels of narcissism also translate into believing that they are somehow special, enlightened or chosen to guide others. To be fair, a lot of the elite class in this country suffer from that affliction. Just look at how CEOs in Silly Valley want to “make the world a better place”, ivy-league dipshits who are certain of their superior mental capabilities or neo-liberal politicians who never had a real job in their lives talk about hard work and meritocracy. Long story short, some of Trump’s haters are getting high on their own drug supply- which is darkly comic.

In conclusion, Trump is an incompetent and ineffectual orange-haired buffoon. However, all the “celebrities” who go to considerable lengths to demonstrate their dislike and hatred of him are dishonest and cynical narcissists. In my opinion, they truly deserve each other.

What do you think? Comments?

Trump’s Approval Numbers Highlight Disconnect of MSM with Reality

June 10, 2018 11 comments

As many of you must have heard for the umpteenth time by now, Trump’s approval numbers at the time of his election in early November 2016 were among the lowest ever for somebody who went on to win the election. Of course, it helped that the democratic candidate, a certain greedy neoliberal harpy, was probably even less popular than him. I mean, how else do you explain her loss in Midwestern states which have consistently voted for democratic presidential candidates for almost thirty years. Anyway.. that was almost a year and nine months ago.

So.. what are Trump’s approval ratings now? How much have they changed since the election? The short answer is- not much. In other words, his approval ratings seem to mostly hover around the early- to mid- 40s. Of course, if you are naive enough to believe some of the “polls” put forth by corporate MSM shills like CNN or MSNBC, it is possible that you think his approval dipped as low as the early 30s at one point. Then again, they also told you that Trump had no chance of winning the election as late as the evening of Nov 7, 2016.

Trump won the republican nomination, and then the presidency, because his opponents were establishment hacks who had no talent beyond mouthing empty platitudes written for them by out-of-touch ivy league scam artists. Trump, on the other hand, could afford to appear and behave like a somewhat normal human being because he was rich and famous enough to ignore the pressure to appear “presidential”. He, and Bernie, accidentally stumbled on the fact that in the post-2008 era, glib and superficial is seen as phony and dishonest while imperfect is seen as genuine and believable.

And this brings us to the question as to why an almost incessant flow of negative “news” and “opinions” about Trump, since his election, from the corporate MSM and celebrities has had virtually no effect on his approval ratings. I mean.. his approval right now is almost identical to that reported the day before he won the election. Why has the constant drumbeat of “Mueller”, “Collusion”, “Russia”, “Putin”, “Stormy Daniels” and every other scandal we have heard since his election not eroded his support base or approval to any worthwhile extent?

More importantly, why have establishment democrats lost most byelections since Trump’s inauguration. Also, why have the few democrat victories in recent byelections been almost exclusively against highly flawed republican candidates. What does it say about a political party when its senate candidate in Alabama is overjoyed to win a very narrow victory against a racist pedophile? My point is that democrats have not been able to effectively convert public outrage against Trump into electoral victories. Why not? And what does any of this have to do with the almost complete disconnect of corporate MSM from reality.

As I have said before, constantly repeating “Trump is a bad.. bad man” is not a winning electoral strategy for democrats. Even a democrat bootlicking outlet such as Vox wrote that the majority of electoral ads against Trump during 2016 were about his character (or lack thereof) rather than any plan by democrats to improve the lives of their voters. To put it another way, establishment democrats have learned nothing from their loss in the 2016 election, in addition to have forgotten nothing. As Talleyrand said about the post-french revolution Bourbons: “They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing”.

But why have establishment democrats not learned anything from their defeats? Well.. for two main reasons. Firstly, because they do not want to learn anything which might upset the gravy train of its “leaders”. Secondly, their enablers and close supporters (ivy league sycophants, corporate MSM types, deep state bureaucrats, rich celebrities etc) are unwilling to accept that the long string of electoral defeats suffered by democrats culminating in the rout of HRC in 2016 were NOT a temporary aberration on the road to an eventual triumph of their bright shiny “meritocratic” neoliberal worldview which is a modern equivalent of ‘The Thousand Year Reich’.

While there is a lot of blame to go around, corporate media types and “celebrities” deserve an especially large part- for the simple reason that they are the biggest enablers of this delusional worldview. In addition to being responsible for public dissemination of this bullshit, they provide the bubble where establishment types can hide and pretend that everything is normal. Don’t believe me? Well.. just look at the “news”? Is there a single day when most cable news channels, national newspapers, “public intellectuals” and celebrities do not work themselves into a froth over something about Trump? Do you a remember a single day where they did not criticize him personally?

Now contrast this to their almost total lack of coverage of everything bad which has actually occurred under the Trump administration. How much coverage has been devoted to the atrocious treatment of protesters arrested at the inauguration? What about the continued job losses due to outsourcing which Trump promised to halt? Have you heard much about the very negative effects of the racist midget, aka Jeff Sessions, decisions on people? What about Ben Carson gutting legal protection for poor people in urban areas? What about Trump appointing tons of CONservative federal judges? What about Ajit Pai repealing net neutrality?

I could go on (and on), but my point is that corporate media types and “celebrities” do not care about problems faced by ordinary people in USA. Furthermore, this level of neglect towards issues affecting the majority has been going on for over two-three decades. And guess what.. that is why most people in USA no longer believe what is being reported by the corporate media. It is also why “celebrity” endorsements and condemnations no longer have any worthwhile effect on public discourse and sentiment. To summarize, people know that neither corporate media outlets nor celebrities care about their well-being and respond by ignoring whatever both are pushing.

But it gets worse. We have now reached a stage where people actively believe the opposite of whatever corporate media outlets and “celebrities” are pushing. That is why all those personal attacks and propaganda against Trump end up propping up his approval numbers rather than reduce them. Yes, you heard that right! Trump’s approval numbers would be far lower if the media stopped their personal attacks on him and instead focused on the disastrous effect of his administration’s policies. But that is unlikely to happen because those policies are not really too different from the ones implemented under Obama.

And that you see is the real problem.. corporate media types and “celebrities” hate Trump because he is a vulgar man, not because his policies are significantly different from his predecessors including Obama. To make matters worse, they want to believe that they are still relevant and influential.

What do you think? Comments?