It's bad enough that the public has reacted with such derision to their self-pitying quarantine live-streams from their luxury estates and their staged Kente cloth fashion photo sessions.
Media heartthrob Chris Cuomo, for example, is so over. From his nightly CNN shows chronicling his own well-insured, concierge medicine battle with Covid-19 and his brotherly antics with similarly exhibitionist Governor Andrew of nipple ring fame, he has now been reduced to flashing. His discreetly shaded naked ass cavorting in his Hamptons backyard was "accidentally" filmed by his wife during a yoga class live-stream. But the stunt barely registered, thanks to media coverage being diverted to so many lesser mortals getting killed and tear-gassed and beaten by cops on the streets of America.
If you can't beat the beaten, then you might as well join them. But you can't really join them, because you're quarantined at your country estates or on your yachts. So the next best thing is to "stand with" them in theatrical cross-class solidarity.
Instead of joining calls to dismantle and defund America's militarized police, you donate a very, very tiny portion of your untaxed fortunes to a very few carefully select and temporarily prominent victims of state-sanctioned violence.
Barbra Streisand, who is still living in California despite her anguished vow to leave the country when Donald Trump was elected in 2016, ostentatiously rewarded the six-year-old orphaned daughter of George Floyd with some pricey Disney stock. It certainly beat Streisand demanding that her vast fortune be taxed at Eisenhower levels to guarantee that class sizes in newly built public schools are small enough so that children like Gianna can actually learn.
“Thank You @barbrastreisand for my package, I am now a Disney Stockholder thanks to you,” Gianna wrote.If you or a relative becomes the unfortunate collateral damage of weaponized capitalism and you are very, very lucky, then the system might even reward and co-opt you. The sociopathic politician who has been the main force behind the national brutal police and prison state for the last half-century will even graciously use you as a prop to advance his own stale campaign for the US presidency.
Representatives for Streisand confirmed to the Guardian that she had sent Floyd the shares, as well as videos of two television specials, 1965’s My Name is Barbra and Color Me Barbra (1966).
“I sent Gianna videos where I played a little girl in my first television special,” said Streisand, “singing kid songs, and my second special – a sequence with lots of baby animals.”
If you are very extremely lucky, you might even get invited to appear at this summer's Democratic nominating convention as a poster child of Biden's new, improved, reformed Community Policing initiative. Maybe the armored tanks he furnished to small-town departments can now come equipped with Teddy Bears and cartons of milk bearing pictures of missing and exploited children - both to drink and to wash away the pepper spray-induced tears.
It is currently unknown whether any woke celebrity or politician has yet stood up, stood with, genuflected to or leaned in to give cash or stock shares to the seven-year-old Seattle boy who was maced by a cop during a street protest a few days ago.
It is also unknown whether any plutocrat has gotten off his or her well-photographed knees long enough to send stock portfolios to the man arrested for posting the video. The cameraman apparently matched the description of a suspect who had allegedly pointed a laser (not a taser) in a different police officer's eye, The ocular pain this caused apparently vied in intensity with the pain suffered by the little maced boy, whose assailant had yet not been arrested pending an internal investigation by his peers and complicit bosses.
The rich, meanwhile, will always find a way to cash in on the pain of the poor. Otherwise they couldn't stay rich for very long.
The New York Times, which in its own newfound wokeness finally got rid of the centrist op-ed chief who commissioned and then posted a white supremacist screed by Senator Tom Cotton without even reading it, still strives mightily to frame the narrative to plutocratic ends, regarding both the pandemic and the protests.
Fashion editor Vanessa Friedman approvingly writes of the "respectable" Black fashionistas at the protests and the importance of demonstrators decking themselves out in their Sunday best as a symbol of resistance and to remind the rowdier elements that their first duty is to vote for Democrats like Joe Biden. While acknowledging that the Democrats' Kente cloth debacle fell flat, Friedman still insists that "the impulse (of the stunt) was clearly genuine."
The wealthy Democratic women wearing white suits of solidarity in defiance of Donald Trump were much more fashionably effective, ranking right up there with the Sans Culottes and the Yellow Vests of France, she actually claims.
Friedman's point, if indeed she has one, is that you are less likely to be accused of Antifa or socialistic tendencies if you dress in expensively tailored designer couture while protesting against inequality and oppression. Sadly, it appears that the half-life of her class-enhanced Ambien is seriously interfering with her wokeness.
On a similar note, the Times celebrates consumerism as an antidote to the pandemic. Retail sales were up 17 percent in May and "Wall Street" jumped for joy as though it were a real person and not a corrupt gambling casino kept artificially alive with Federal Reserve blood transfusions while the poor and uninsured and black and brown people are still dying of the plague in disproportionate numbers.
From the Times article:
Driving some of the sales gains was warm weather, a sense of relief after weeks cooped up at home and optimism from some that the worst of the pandemic could be over. But they were also lifted by stimulus money — totaling $1,200 per recipient, plus $500 per child — that will run out in the coming months, with no indications that Congress intends to pass another round of assistance.It looks as though the Times is still not quite as woke as it pretends to be. It is only after dutifully and uncritically reporting that "some" think that the pandemic is history (it is only just beginning) and that people are just so relieved that the warm weather has finally set them free to buy more stuff, that the piece mentions there is also the fear in high concerned places that those bounteous $1,200 stimulus checks will start running out in the coming months.
Um - the vast majority of recipients spent their checks on overdue rent, utilities and milk for the kids the minute they arrived in their bank accounts. Many people never have received the money at all. People in the bottom 90 or so percent are neither saving the money nor blowing it on retail bling.
Most especially, they are not spending it on acceptable protest fashion.