Sunday, 13 November 2016

Remembering the Paris Attacks, One Year On

This is Anne Sylvestre, one of France's top entertainers whose grandson died at the Ba-ta-clan one year ago today. Jeanne and I knew two of the others, one was a journalist who interviewed me for Les Inrockuptibles, the other a restaurateur from Billancourt who used to come to Barbara's concerts. Both fine, respected me, taken from us in the prime of life, as were the others.

But was it really necessary to mark this solemn, very upsetting occasion by hiring the tuneless dribble that is Sting? And why do these people always turn up in the wake of tragedies, if for no other reason than to inflate their egos just that little bit more? One thinks of Madonna, Adele, Lady Gaga, Bono, Johnny Halliday (who always charges for his crocodile tears). Are these people really interested in paying tribute to victims of terrorism, or is it just another notch on their do-gooder belt?

I rather think the latter. Think Live Aid. It was Morrissey who said that none of these people would have turned up, had it been to raise funds to help British people, and he was right. Most of these acts were already has-beens, who though performing for nothing did in the end only participate to revive their flagging careers.

Now, we have celebrities protesting against Brexit and against Donald Trump. Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg and a number of other loud-mouths sulking because they can't have all their own way. Here in the UK, celebrities were saying they would leave the country if the Conservatives got in, but they're still here. Maybe they should take a little holiday...I hear Aleppo is nice at this time of the year. Either that, or they should stop spouting. This is why we have elections, so that one side wins and the other loses. It's called competition.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Rudolph Valentino: New Publications

The new Rudolph Valentino publications.
I shall now anticipate more fake lawsuits from my stalker who feels they have a monopoly on this subject, and will anticipate Twitter being awash with posts about bullying, about suicides because of bullying, Bible quotes and pictures of saints slaying devils, and pictures of Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and of crows with cigarettes in their mouths. The former was a close friend, the latter a beloved pet.
I hasten to add that my stalker is not referred to in any of these, though I am illegally referred to in one of theirs.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Boy George Giving Himself A Pat On The Back & Insulting The Memory Of A Legend By Paying For Pete Burns; Funeral

Pete Burns & Boy George, he of the silly hats.
This may not go down well, but am I the only one who finds Boy George's broadcasting that he's paying for Pete's funeral flagrantly insulting? Pete was an icon, but instead of going down in history as one of our greatest icons and eccentrics, he will now be remembered as a penniless charity case. Pay for the funeral by all means, Hatty, but do so discreetly. Don't go boasting all over the place what a good boy you are, when we know that you're really doing it to make everyone think what a great, Geldof & Bono-esque philanthropist you are. I can name you a few people--Juliette Greco and Barbara are but two--who have secretly raised MILLIONS for AIDS victims, and ensured that none of it got into the press. These people were more interested in helping others than they were in giving themselves pats on the back. Accept the fact that you're almost a has-been, that each time we see you, rather than looking eccentric and being loved as Pete was, you make yourself look more and more of a twit. A twit who has insulted the legacy of a British great, which you once were but will never be again.