BLA Thought of the Day: What if Elon Musk’s ‘RIP Harambe’ was just an attempt to get Donna Haraway to notice his girlfriend Grimes?

Better yet, what if Grimes got her boyfriend to drop the single in promotion of her new artistic endeavors? My theory explored:

Donna Haraway talking about how Koko the gorilla came to stand for the “Universal Man.” Link below.

Donna Haraway, author of the feminist essay “The Cyborg Manifesto” and the recent book detailing ways of kinship within the “Anthropocene” called Staying with the Troublemight be the cause for the recent track  Musk released this past month. His girlfriend, Grimes, who calls herself a cyborg and whose new album will be called Miss_Anthropocene, seems to be a fan willing to embody Haraway‘s recent subject(s):

 

“People don’t care about it, because we’re being guilted,” Grimes told the publication. “I see the polar bear and want to kill myself. No one wants to look at it, you know? I want to make a reason to look at it. I want to make it beautiful.” And how does she plan to make it “beautiful?” Well, apparently the album visuals will include “pro-apocalypse PSAs” and a Renaissance-esque portrait of herself eating endangered animals. [Via]

All signs point to string figures and “the art of living on a damaged planet” (emphasis mine). Could they actually be the pop cultures heroes we need and deserve?

 

 

 

 

 

As long as animals are “Other,” fellow humans can be “Othered.”

 

‘Look back at some of the most tragic episodes in human history and you will find words and images that stripped people of their basic human traits. In the Nazi era, the film The Eternal Jew depicted Jews as rats. During the Rwandan genocide, Hutu officials called Tutsis “cockroaches” that needed to be cleared out.

In the wake of World War II, psychologists wanted to understand how the genocide had happened. And we got Stanley Milgram’s infamous electroshock experiment, which showed how quickly people cave to authority. There was also Philip Zimbardo’s “prison experiment,” which showed how easily people in positions of power can abuse others. At Stanford, Albert Bandura, showed that when participants overhear an experimenter call another study subject “an animal,” they’re more likely to give that subject a painful shock. If you think of murder and torture as universally taboo, then dehumanization of the “other” is a psychological loophole that can justify them.’

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