Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Cup of Bon-Bons and the Clyde Iron

Time and time again in history, America has proved itself an obsessive nation. In that sense, the American public has also proved itself as such. Why? I have no idea. I just remember that in my psychology class the teacher constantly said that some people have "addictive" personalities. I blame this obsession thing on this particular "theory," especially when looking at and analyzing the vacuum-type appeal of American pop culture.

Recently, my obsessions have turned to an American pop-culture phenomenon that has recently slipped back into the spotlight, so to speak. We'll play this as a guessing game. Keep track of your points! #1 They are two people:  one boy, one girl. #2 They had lots and lots of money. #3 They were famous during the depression era. #4 They are not Lil' Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks. #4 Like Mary Tyler Moore, the girl was famous for her beret. #5 They were smooth criminals. #6 They eventually died. #7 I'm pretty sure they were in their lates 20's/early 30's. #8 They pertain somewhat to the title of this entry.

Got it yet?

It's BONNIE AND CLYDE!!! Now, it may seem that these two people are bad to be influenced by, but hey they were a big thing back in the Great Depression. And does it matter that the police caught them and put them to death? Yes! The whole country was following their story, as two star-crossed lovers raced across the country in hot pursuit and held up gas stations and walked away with a whole lotta dough! To the radio listeners, I'm pretty sure it was comparable to H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds. Without all the screaming people and sense of a failing world of course. They were an escape from the reality of Hooverville, after all! Give the people a break for supporting these ruthless criminals!

Back to the pop culture debate. Anyway, I find that Bonnie and Clyde have made QUITE a splash in the pop culture even after their "successful" debut during the Great Depression. The first big reprise of the fame occurred in 1967 when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty portrayed the duo in the famous movie Bonnie and Clyde. At the same time, "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde," the song sung by Georgie Fame, was a huge hit on the airwaves. The big deal about this? These two projects were unrelated and did not know about each other until each seperate release. So there you go. 1967 was a big time for Bonnie and Clyde.

Now, I don't know why I all of a sudden became interested in this pair and all of a sudden NEED a biography of their story, but I find that obviously many other people crave Bonnie and Clyde once more in 2011! (Luckily for the currently obsessed me) Let's list off two ways that kind of illustrate my point. First of all, a movie, which most people can relate to, is being released as a "remake" I believe of the Dunaway and Beatty flick. This time, however, Hilary Duff is starring as Bonnie and Kevin Zegers is Clyde. (Sidenote: Evidently, Faye Dunaway, who received as Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Bonnie in '67, is outraged that Hilary Duff is Bonnie... ??? Is this going to be that whole Etta James screams at Beyonce for singing "At Last" at the Presidential Ball thing again?) Secondly, a musical with music by Frank Wildhorn and Don Black is landing on Broadway in December. Have you heard Frank Wildhorn's music? Yeah, it's gonna be good.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that if you're obsessed with something, it's not because you were influenced by pop culture. It's because humans can subconsciously mind read each other's thoughts, and therefore, have the same likes and dislikes. Mull that one over! And mind reading happens in design, architecture, fashion, drawing, sport tactics, music, and movies. Slap that theory together and call it pop culture. That's what I do.

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