Lady Gaga and Beyonce put out the music video to “Telephone” which features quite a few blatant product placements.(1) Amanda Palmer, already under criticism for her new venture Evelyn, Evelyn(2), posts on Twitter that, “ironic product placement is only ok if you take no money & beyond that give all the income to something ironic. like the Klan.”
Sparkymonster posts an excellent, excellent response to Amanda Palmer’s racist response to the video: A Lesson in Good vs. Bad Irony Thanks to Amanda Palmer. Sparky includes some images of the horrible things the KKK has done, juxtaposed against the supposedly horrific product placement Amanda Palmer derides. (Edited to Add: In case it wasn’t clear, some of the images of the horrible things the KKK has done are graphic in nature.)
(Edited to Add: Sparky had to freeze comments on her post because of derailing, but you can still read what she had to say.)
Excerpt: Also, while I do enjoy irony and all that jazz, giving money to the KKK isn’t ironic. It’s giving money to the fucking KKK who have engaged in over a century of murder and domestic terrorism. If one wanted to ironically give away money earned through product placement, it would be funny (or somewhat politically/artistically interesting) to give it to Consumer Reports, AdBusters, the Community Party or really any organization that has something to do with consumerism/capitalism.
Do check out the comments of Sparky’s post, where a lot of discussion is taking place.
Hipster Racism is still racism and is neither funny nor acceptable.
(1) Lesley at Fatshionista.com breaks down and analyzes Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video.
(2) Annaham at FWD/Forward.com provides an excellent criticism of the problematic nature of Evelyn Evelyn.