Friday, April 29, 2016

Supplemental Post: Are Celebrities Timeless? John Wayne and the California State Assembly

An extra one just in case!

We tend to think of the celebrity image as timeless. What a celebrity meant at one point in time becomes stagnated, a fixation, a locus of ideology and extrapolation. As with my Mary Kate and Ashley post, this one also has to do with the loss of celebrity, the rupturing of celebrity image. While the former is more deliberate and initiated from the producers themselves, the California State Assembly refusing to honor John Wayne signals the dynamics of viewership.

"Gipson and Alejo both said they would not be able to return to their constituents and feel good about supporting a resolution that honored a man with a history of making racist, disparaging and hateful remarks about minority groups."


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/29/proposal-for-john-wayne-day-in-california-rejected-after-some-lawmakers-quote-actors-past-statements-about-minority-groups/

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