As if many so-called celebrities weren’t enough of a burden on our tolerance through their narcissistic craving for ceaseless media celebration of their slender talents and superficial lives, some are happy to sell what’s left of their souls to the devil.
Actress Hilary Swank, actor Claude Van Damme, singer Seal and violinist Vanessa Mae, for example, recently received fat fees for appearing at the birthday celebrations of bloody Chechen tyrant, Ramzan Kadyrov.
According to an article in the Washington Post by vice-president for strategy and analysis at Freedom House, Christopher Walker, Swank can be seen on YouTube wishing the Chechen butcher “Happy birthday, Mr. President”, and Van Damme telling this creature “I love you.”
Walker also recalls in his article that “a raft” of other sellebrities including Mariah Carey, Usher, Beyonce and Nelly Furtado have all taken big bucks to perform for the Gaddafi family, and Sharon Stone likewise for Russian neo-Czar Vladimir Putin and his oligarch cronies.
In fairness, of course, I have to concede the fact that most Western democracies and commercial organisations are also happy to play nice with or even prostitute themselves to the scum of the earth in the interests of trade, “national security”, or “the war on terror”. But surely we individuals can afford some principles that global capitalists and geo-politicians apparently can’t.