Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Stephen King recently sat down to do an interview with Time Magazine due to The Mist coming out. What happened next was just short of brilliant, but at least we now know that Stephen King isn't just some crazed Red Sox Nation Jackass, he at least sees what's going on in the world. He first asked about Time's person of the year, and then gave his opinion.
I was thinking, I think it should be Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.

Beautiful, but wait, it gets better from there.
You know, this morning, the two big stories on CNN are Kanye West's mother, who died, apparently, after having some plastic surgery. The other big thing that's going on is whether or not this cop [Drew Peterson] killed his... wife. And meanwhile, you've got Pakistan in the midst of a real crisis, where these people have nuclear weapons that we helped them develop. You've got a guy in charge, who's basically declared himself the military strongman and is being supported by the Bush administration, whose raison d'etre for going into Iraq was to spread democracy in the world.
So you've got these things going on, which seem to me to be very substantive, that could affect all of us, and instead, you see a lot of this back-fence gossip.
Things are getting toasty, I thought it couldn't get better, I was wrong.
Someone in the Bush family should actually be waterboarded so they could report on it to George. I said, I didn't think he would do it, but I suggested Jenna be waterboarded and then she could talk about whether or not she thought it was torture.
Jenna being waterboarded, I don't know, she's probably spent enough time partying in Mexico where the ability not to breathe may not effect her too much.
It's worse every year. And the guy says to me — the Nightline guy — I didn't get the guy's name. Granted, I haven't been feeling real well and it was a long day of interviews. But he said to me, "If we didn't cover cultural things, we wouldn't be covering you and The Mist, and promoting the movie." And I'm like, "Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan aren't cultural." They aren't political. They're economic only in the mildest sense of the word. In fact, if I had to pick somebody, some celebrity who has had some impact this year, some sort of echo in the larger American life, I would say Hannah Montana. That whole issue of online ticket sales and scalping fascinates me. There are [legitimate] issues there about the Internet, so that actually does seem to have some cultural significance.
But Britney? Britney Spears is just trailer trash. That's all. I mean, I don't mean to be pejorative. But you observe her behavior for the past five years and you say, "Here's a lady who can't take care of her kids, she can't take care of herself, she has no retirement fund, everything that she gets runs right through her hands." And yet, you know and I know that if you go to those sites that tell you what the most blogged-about things on the Internet are, it's Britney, it's Lindsay. So I think it would be terrific [to have them as TIME Persons of the Year]. There would be such a scream from the American reading public, sure. But at the same time, it's time for somebody to discuss the difference between real news and fake news.
Stephen King has become something of a jack ass since his accident, that CityCat loves pointing out, but this may be my favorite work of his since Bag of Bones.

1 comment:

Dews said...

Ahh, Stephen King...

He's the typical New Englander though (speaking from experience, as well as a "member"). He's gonna tell it the way it is, not trying to hurt anyone's feelings, but damnit if he's got a message he'll tell it regardless.

Not a huge huge fan of his work, but definitely enjoy his thoughts.

Best writers are always a little off anyway though. Lovecraft anyone? :)