Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The coronavirus crisis has exposed the ugly truth about celebrity culture and capitalism

Pśñ ɖ bot ǎt ... Devid Gefn’z $590m sūṗyot, Rîzñsún. Foṭgraf: Ax́n Pres/Rex/Śuṭstoc
Pśñ ɖ bot ǎt … Devid Gefn’z $590m sūṗyot, Rîzñsún. Foṭgraf: Ax́n Pres/Rex/Śuṭstoc
Ɖ c’roṇvîṛs-crîsis hz xpozd ɖ ugli truʈ abt s’lebṛticulćr n capiṭlizm

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 31 March 2020)

Ɖ rić n feṃs r despṛt t pruv w r ol in ɖs tgɖr – in fact, ɖ ǎtbrec hz hîlîtd jst hǎ fōls ɖt z

Arwa Mādawi

Tyzde, 31 Marć 2020

Wd y sper a ʈt fr ol ɖ pur, suf̣rñ s’lebṛtiz ǎt ɖr? Ẃl ɖs z a dificlt tîm fr evrwn, it hz bn ptiklrli tuf on ɖ feṃs. Ɖe hv bn upstejd bî a vîṛs. Nwn cerz ẃt ɖe r wẹrñ or hu ɖe r snogñ eni mor; ɖ wrld’z atnśn hz bn dvrtd bî a hedlîn-hogñ pandemic. It sīmz az f sm s’lebṛtiz r startñ t grapl wɖ ɖ rịlîześn ɖt ɖe r nt qt az importnt or b’luvid az ɖe ʈt ɖe wr.

Gal Gdót wz ɖ frst victim v ɖ gret s’lebṛti-baclaś v 2020. “W’r ol in ɖs tgɖr,” ɖ Wundr Wmn star aśurd s in a vidio on Insṭgram a cupl v wīcs ago, bfr lōnćñ intu a star-studd rendiśn v Jon Lenn’z Imajin. Cn y imajin hǎ litl slf’wernis y mst hv t inlist a bunć v multimiłnerz t sñ abt a wrld wɖ “no pześnz” ẃl hyj numbrz v ppl r luzñ ɖer jobz? Ɖ ton-def pformns wz swiftli savijd.

Wn wd hv ʈt ɖ gliṭrāti mt hv lrnt fṛm ɖ sceɖñ riax́n t Gdót’s sñ’loñ. Bt no, ɖ vepid meṣjz v hop fṛm selebz cīp cmñ – az d ɖ dsgustd rsponsz fṛm ɖ public. Mdona, fr rīznz onli ś nz, dsîdd t prīć t s fṛm a baʈtub fl v rôzpetlz. Covid-19 “dz’nt cer abt hǎ rić y r” ś informd s. “It’s ɖ gret īqlîzr.” It srtnli bròt ppl tgɖr in dsden fr hr ǎt-v-tuć antics.

Ɖen ɖr z ɖ biłner Devid Gefn, hu dlitd Insṭgram aftr ɖ insnst riax́n t him postñ picćrz v hiz $590m (£480m) sūṗyot, on ẃć h z slf-îṣletñ, wɖ ɖ capśn “hop evrwn z steyñ sef”. Fẹrñ slîtli betr on ɖ sośl-mīdia frunt z Ivanca Trump, hu hz nt yt s’qestrd hrslf on a sūṗyot. Instd ś z slflisli edycetñ ɖ gret unwośt bî postñ a vidio v hr cidz clīnñ ɖer handz wɖ $39 Īṣp sop. A riyl wmn v ɖ ppl.

Nǎ it sīmz ɖt Faṛl Wiłmz hz bcm ɖ lêtist s’lebṛti hu z stuc insd bt c’nt rīd ɖ rūm. Last wīc, ɖ ḿziśn cōld on hiz Twitr folowrz t dnet t hospitlz. A repriznttiv rplî: “Y’r wrʈ ovr $150 miłn, dnet yr ǒn muni.” Wiłmz lêtr claṛfaid ɖt h hd olrdi dnetd; nvɖles, it fīlz az f an ōfl lot v s’lebṛtiz r mor cīn on s’liṣtñ muni fṛm ɖ plebz ɖn rīćñ intu ɖer ǒn prsz. Ɖ śef n TV star Bobi Fle, fr xampl, hu z sd t b wrʈ abt $30 miłn, set p a GoFundMi campen t hlp him pe hiz resṭront-implôīz. Ɖt z capiṭlizm fr y: ivnć̣li y hv t rlî on uɖr ppl’z muni.

S’lebṛtiz biyñ clūlis z nʈñ ny, bt it fīlz az f ɖr hz nvr bn sć angr levld at ɖ jetset. Far fṛm biyñ a “gret īqlîzr”, c’roṇvîṛs hz md iniqoḷti imposbl t ignor. Ɖt z nt jst wlʈ-iniqoḷti, bt iniqoḷti v axes t hlʈcer. A ny feṃs prsn sīmz t tst poẓtiv fr c’roṇvîṛs evri de ẃl xibtñ mîld simtmz at bst. Mnẃl, ǎr frendz n faṃli cn b cofñ p ɖer luñz n stl nt gt axes t a tst or a hospitlbed.

S’lebṛticulćr n capiṭlizm r inxtricbli intwînd. Bʈ eḷvet ɖ indivijl ovr ɖ c’lectiv gd. Ɖe rlî on ɖ lai v “meṛtocṛsi”: wrc hard n y cn aćiv ẃtvr y wont. Bt it hz bcm uncumftbli clir hǎ litl w valy ǎr hardist wrcrz – ɖ hlʈcer-pṛfeśnlz, sūṗmarcitstaf, busdrîvrz n dlivridrîvrz hu r cīpñ ɖ wrld runñ ẃl ɖ rić run t ɖer secnd homz. N it hz nvr bn so clir hǎ litl ɖ ppl hu rn ɖ most cntribyt t ssayti. “W’r ol in ɖs tgɖr,” ɖ rić n feṃs cīp telñ s. Sori, bt it z obvịs ɖt w r nt.

Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mādawi z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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1 thought on “Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The coronavirus crisis has exposed the ugly truth about celebrity culture and capitalism

  1. Wow! Talk about hard-hitting! She hits many nails on the head. Thanks for picking up this one, Frank.

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