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 +1Posted on Jul 10th | re: Federal Judge Dismisses Insane Clown Posse's Lawsuit Against FBI (43 comments)

serious question- are there any ICP fans that don’t exude the white trash motif?

Lanagum – your daily Lana-source for everything Lana and all those other not-Lana people and not-Lana photos in the rest of the not-Lana article.
Lana.

The difference is that “Lana” comes across as 100% phony, fabricated, manufactured-by-corporate-suits-in an office “character”. Up to recently, a successful “character” had to come across as a natural extension of the artist in question. There’s a difference in presenting an artist with exaggerated qualities to highlight an existing personality- it’s another thing to craft one, from scratch, backed by tons of corporate ad money, for the sole purpose of selling records and hitting demographics.

To use an example, “Madonna” would have been an artist either way. She had enough natural talent and drive to see her artistic vision through and it eventually resonated with fans, and worked. Her persona wasn’t that far detached for people to question whether or not they were experiencing a bogus product. Lizzy Grant was a mediocre, floundering nobody before some fat cat sunk in the corporate claws with eyes full of dollar signs. She didn’t even have an album before the overblown hype train began. But she’s pretty…very, very pretty…and that obviously sells. And her team (of who knows how many strategists, industry-folk, etc) found a marketing niche with the whole “tragic damsel” angle and is exploiting it, to the fullest, to the consumer.

The fact that most music sites now openly acknowledge the Lana “character” further proves that the whole thing was just too transparent to even bother fight against. So instead of going through an endless cycle of fighting for Lana’s “authenticity”, now she’s just simply presented as this “detached character” that she “plays”. And that’s supposed to make the bullshit acceptable? It’s not as much “who” or “what” she is, but more importantly, “why” she is, that’s the worst part.

 +1Posted on Jun 16th | re: Lana Del Rey: "I Wish I Was Dead Already" (53 comments)

of all the archetypes stolen for the sake of popularity, this ranks as the all-time worst

Elizabeth Grant, the living embodiment of girls donning glasses to be ‘nerds’ when they grow tired of being prom queen.

 -2Posted on Apr 21st | re: Throwing Copper Turns 20 (84 comments)

so, is Collective Soul next? Sponge, perhaps?

how about this: her music sucks and is obviously dependent on embroiling the artist in ‘controversy’ to garner attention.

 0Posted on Mar 4th | re: Premature Evaluation: Real Estate Atlas (49 comments)

face by Lorelai
body by Rory

 0Posted on Jan 29th | re: Lana Del Rey - "Once Upon A Dream" (6 comments)

go the f*ck away, Lizzie