“Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.”
— Roman Polanski
“It doesn’t matter, someone will probably kick my ass.”
— Louis CK
So, the ayatollahs at The New Yorker, The Guardian and Esquire and other corporate media outlets, have discovered that Louis CK was not only giving hilarious and poignant guided tours of America’s Lynchian inspired dark side and its hypocrisy, but that he was living there as well.
And while competing to see who can scream the loudest for CK’s head to be cut off and placed on a pike to be paraded around a Cineplex at a mall near you, they’ve ignored the oily, lubed up gorillas in the middle of the nation’s living room.
We refer you to David Bowie and Jimmy Page. And their Lolita, Lori Maddox.
Who? Well, Lori Maddox was a 14 year old waif/ingénue who spent a lot of her time somehow getting into clubs in LA back, as they say, in the day where she caught the attention of any number of men. Including Page, who had her kidnapped, and Bowie who had her. Before Page. Or perhaps it was the other way around but regardless they had her, which is another way of saying she was raped.
Because being under the age of consent means just that – any sexual act between her and an adult is by definition without her consent and therefore is defined as rape.
Bowie of course died recently and was given the full hagiography usually reserved for saints. And Page was honored at the White House – a regular treat for artists and a regular diversion for presidents who are normally to be found honoring mass murderers, like Henry Kissinger or third world despots with whom their financial pimps do business.
In the case of rock god Page, he went so far as to have Maddox locked up in various hotel rooms or his house for over a year, and then, having grown bored and distracted by an actual woman, he dropped her like a busted string on a guitar. Bowie, more louche but no less vile, apparently had her for one night along with her (underage) companion and some drugs.
She never complained and even went on to say she enjoyed it and was none the worse for it.
And we believe her and also believe it demonstrates the spectrum of human emotion. But that’s not the issue. The issue is the blind rutting pig rage and hypocrisy of a society that has cannibalized Louis CK for asking – asking – to be watched while he jerks off versus two other prominent cultural auteurs who raped a child. And have escaped even a cursory public flogging or even so much as a polite inquiry, not only into their behavior but into the feckless shit bag fire and brimstone hypocrisy factory of the media. Even Roman Polanski has been forced into some sort of exile. Granted it’s a pretty fucking comfortable exile, that includes jetting between Switzerland and France and being honored by his peers, but it is exile none the less and when he dies the obituaries will not all be kind.
Which is not to say he hasn’t made great films. It is the same issue one has, if their honest, with any number of other vile people who made great art but were great assholes. We’ve discussed this elsewhere and have dealt with the likes of expert Jew hater T.S. Eliot, and slave trader, Arthur Rimbaud. Feel free to make your own list.
What we’re after here is to turn the critical lens on the hypocrites – the gatekeepers who swim in an ocean of pig shit, and demand that we ignore their stench while they scream at us about our need to take a bath. What we’re after here is to highlight that grandmaster of being an asshole Charles Baudelaire was right when he said: a man must be allowed to contradict himself and: Brother hypocrite I salute you. In other words to exist is to be a hypocrite, but that doesn’t mean raping a child is acceptable and shouldn’t be punished. It does mean that along with the great power inherent in being gatekeepers, the media also has a great responsibility to not bray for blood, and instead to be measured and proportionate – to be thoughtful and intelligent.
For example consider that Ellen DeGeneres, stalwart champion of being decent, had Page on her show to talk about being Jimmy Page. But not a word about the kidnapping and rape of a child. The same collaborationist and situational morality has afflicted moral smurf Jimmy Fallon, professional curmudgeon David Letterman and most of the rest of the late night and daytime T.V. gatekeepers. And the ayatollahs at the New Yorker and the Guardian and the other bastions of liberal outrage.
And ask yourself where were the cops while Page and Bowie were playing real life Humbert Humbert to Maddox’s fire of their loins? Are we to believe that the omnipresent Hoovers and the local cops had all of the “deviant” rock stars under surveillance except for Page and Bowie? Lennon, yes but those two, no? And as with the questions being asked about the eyes wide shut contemporary culture of the entertainment industry, we might ask, where the fuck was the long arm of the law back when these crimes were being committed? And then consider that in both cases, what Page and Bowie did has been an open “secret” for decades.
And what do we conclude about this?
That the template was laid down and hammered into place a long time ago. Salem was not an anomaly, it was a beta test and it worked to perfection. And so it gets repeated. The social tension builds. The hypocrisy eats away at everyone and corollary rage seeps into the nation’s soul; becomes part of the shared cultural DNA. Until it has to be channeled somewhere. And since capitalism requires exploitation, and exploitation requires corruption, hypocrisy is essential and is force fed into the public like a toxin in the food chain. And of course the resulting anger can’t be turned on the system itself because that could become a revolution. So instead the whores in the corporate media cover their mirrors and find someone who’s guilty of just enough (CK) or more than enough (Weinstein/Spacey/Judge Moore) and they let loose the dogs of faux justice and then they light the cyber torches and the cyber stakes burn.
But it has nothing to do with justice. It has nothing to do with morality or honesty.
It does however, have everything to do with America.
For a brief look at Page’s rape of a child, see the link below:
And for a look at David Bowie, as a child rapist, see the link below:
The first (that we are aware of) nuanced, thoughtful article on the ongoing shit storm: