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Comely Folks

March 30, 2017

FOREWARNING: The following article goes all over the place, in no particular direction and nowhere all at once, but it’s a lovely trip. If you experience confusion, disorientation, nausea or a lack of self-esteem while reading, that’s perfectly normal and means you’re getting it. Reader discretion is advised!

“And I don’t want you and I don’t need you. Don’t bother to resist, or I’ll beat you. It’s not your fault that you’re always wrong. The weak ones are there to justify the strong. The beautiful people, the beautiful people; it’s all relative to the size of your steeple. You can’t see the forest for the trees. You can’t smell your own s*** on your knees.” (Lyrics from- “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson; from the album Antichrist Superstar; circa September 1996.)

We pause momentarily to point out two factoids about this song and its singer…

1. From the sound of it, Mr. Manson ripped a few beats from that beloved holiday classic- “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” to use in this little ditty.

2. What if Alice Cooper and Joker (from Batman the Animated series) had a love child…

So with his lyrics is Marilyn insinuating that “beautiful people” is a generalization made of the church-going community as a whole? Bible-thumpers blinded to the point of ignorance by their faith? Or is it his articulated screeching description of the way you need to survive in capitalistic society? Let’s go with the church thing since it’s doubtful any emo kiddies who crave death till they stub their toes, who would argue the point, read this column. So we can surmise that “beautiful people” go to church.

However, prior to this album’s debut “beautiful people” were referenced by Lewis Skolnick (played by Robert Reed Carradine) in 1984’s Revenge of the Nerds. Lewis states- “We have news for the beautiful people. There’s a lot more of us then there are of you.” He directs this statement towards anyone who’s not a dork, geek or specifically a nerd. So at this point beautiful people are church goers and not nerdy. Now if we back up 17 years to 1967, the Beatles made a sly reference to the Hippie version of the term and subtly mocked the Vogue-style “beautiful people” in their song “Baby You’re a Rich Man.” Which starts with the famous line, “How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?” So low-browed religious types who can strike a pose- there’s nothing to it…Vogue!

But wait the…“Hippie version”?

Yes in the early 60’s two distinctively different classes of “beautiful people” were established.

One version is credited to Diana Vreeland, the influential editor of Vogue magazine. Vogue started using the term “the beautiful people” in 1962 in articles about celebrities, at Vreeland’s suggestion. It applied to glamorous celebrities, wealthy “jet setters” and other fashion trendsetters. During the same era the “Hippie version” loses the word “the” and people who were cool and spiritually “enlightened” were referred to as “beautiful people.” Being the hippie type of “beautiful people” didn’t require wealth or fame. You could become one easily by tripping on a psychedelic drug like LSD, or by getting your enlightenment from some hip form of religion, such as transcendental meditation. Hmmm back to the religious reference. So there might be something to that for these wealthy, attractive, anti-intellectual, poor churchgoing drug addicts.

So who are these beautiful people? Where can we find and observe a beautiful people? (Seems like a church might be a safe bet.) Will the “beautiful people” let us play with their beautiful people toys? Can we do beautiful people stuff with them? Not so we can become them, just so we can better understand… and play with their toys. Are you a beautiful people? Gasp! Am I unknowingly a beautiful people? (Quick check in the mirror and… nope clearly not a beautiful people, more in the “cute people” category.) So who is a beautiful people? Sadly, there are none and there never can be again.

In our politically correct society it is considered condescending to label or stereotype anyone; even if the type of stereo plays a positive tune. Initially the beautiful people didn’t mind being beautiful people as long as it was a compliment. But as the term has leaned towards the negative and began pointing out the shallow skinned deepness of their beautiful peopleness, they didn’t care for it very much.

Beautiful People: “How dare ye lowly middle-class worms and little poverties call us ‘beautiful people’! As we beautifully ignore you from our beautiful pedestal perches. We are better than you; we like for you to know it! But for you to know that we know and make fun of us for being better than you? Well, we can’t have that! Now gaze upon us in wonderment of our ‘beautiful people’ status whilst we neglect to acknowledge your existence!”

Sorry “beautiful people” thanks but no thanks. Feel free to continue looking down upon the rest of the world. Ignore us at your leisure and step on us when necessary. But do take note, some of us are not looking up in awe and admiration. Nor are we looking down in shame of our place in society. As they say “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and upon looking up, my eyes get filled with a whole lot of ugly.

I welcome almost all questions and comments via FOCUS, or email me at wanderingchainsaw@gmail.com or you can FRIEND me on Facebook under Saw’s Brood!

Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!

 

 

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