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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Madonna should marry Noam

Beware of rich middle-aged broads ripping off Jewish mysticism.

Ben Kepple finds that Madonna's theological musings in her upcoming doco (here via the Drudge Report) just a bit too much to stomach Here is one quote,
"The material world. The physical world. The world of illusion, that we think is real. We live for it, we're enslaved by it. And it will ultimately be our undoing," Madonna explains in her new documentary film, I'M GOING TO TELL YOU A SECRET.

In the movie, which will premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on Tuesday, Madonna warns how people "are going to go to hell, if they don't turn from their wicked behavior."

"I refer to an entity called 'The Beast'. I feel I am describing the world that we live in right now. To me 'The Beast' is the modern world that we live in."
Kepple is less than impressed by the Material Girl's sudden revelation
You know, it boggles the mind just to think of it. How amazing is it that -- a mere nineteen centuries since The Revelation to John was written -- Madonna would come up with such a grand theological discovery? Gee, just imagine what other spiritual truths the Material Girl might reveal.
Yes, Madonna has made her millions and now deems that the process is corrupting and the material world that gave us the material girl is enslaving us unenlightened. She is the mystic counterpart of Noam's intellectualism, both peddling the same message to the great unwashed who should not be allowed to partake of the system that put them in their exalted positions as sages. As Kepple says, as was similarly said about Noam,
Anyway, I'm not annoyed with Madonna because she's getting preachy. I could care less about that, because no one is going to take her "material world bad" approach seriously until she fires her household staff, moves to a two-bedroom apartment and starts using public transport. Oh, and lets people download all her new music for free.
Don't hold your breath for either of these two brazen capitalists to take on the sackcloth and ashes anytime soon.

(Actually I think I might be being too harsh on Chomsky. He has cannily identified a niche market and is pitching the perfect game in getting a segment people to buy his writings. Like professional wrestling he is the script writer selling an ongoing spectacle. But your average WWF fan is bright enough to know it is not real and entirely put on for his enjoyment. Your average Chomskyite hasn't figured it out yet. Good on yer Noam, keep taking the suckers for a ride.)
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