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Offline laoghaire

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Blessed are the superstars
« on: April 10, 2018, 08:34:39 AM »
I don't get this line at all. Where's the sarcasm? Where's the irony? What does it mean?



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Re: Blessed are the superstars
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2018, 09:13:01 AM »
You have to read the line in full:

Blessed are the superstars
For the magnificence in their light
We understand better our own insignificance


This line as well as the others spoken by Kendrick Lamar are twisted variations on the Beatitudes of Jesus that are meant, in my view, to mock the arrogance of the rich and famous. Basically, taken as a whole, these lines paint a picture of the rich and famous being miserable souls and the line about "Blessed are the superstars" is meant as sarcasm.


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Re: Blessed are the superstars
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 10:42:37 AM »
Yes but how does the sarcasm work? They are magnificent and we are insignificant.

The other lines have a punch line of sorts but this one seems to just be that (stars are magnificent, the rest of us insignificant).

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Re: Blessed are the superstars
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2018, 10:48:09 AM »
The arrogant are cursed to their own company.
The filthy rich can only truly own their pain.
The bullies will have to stand up to themselves.
The liars will have to face the truth, which will not reflect well on them.

But the superstars? Where's the twist?

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Re: Blessed are the superstars
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2018, 02:37:13 PM »
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The arrogant are cursed to their own company.
The filthy rich can only truly own their pain.
The bullies will have to stand up to themselves.
The liars will have to face the truth, which will not reflect well on them.

But the superstars? Where's the twist?

They aren’t magnificent and we aren’t insignificant. They’re masters looking for people to need them, which means they’re not really masters at all.

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Re: Blessed are the superstars
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 03:15:37 PM »
Oooh, excellent interpretation. I will be musing on that.

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Re: Blessed are the superstars
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2018, 11:47:46 AM »
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The arrogant are cursed to their own company.
The filthy rich can only truly own their pain.
The bullies will have to stand up to themselves.
The liars will have to face the truth, which will not reflect well on them.

But the superstars? Where's the twist?

They aren’t magnificent and we aren’t insignificant. They’re masters looking for people to need them, which means they’re not really masters at all.

Does this mean we are going to get the 'thank you for giving us a great life' speech again.  That was never very sarcastic, was it?

Where I work, we have customer focus/involvement groups.  Just imagine if a megastar rock band did that?  A select group of consultee fans.  If it ever did happen and I was fortunate enough to be on it, I'd be organising fans consensus/focus groups online or in person (maybe?). 

A focus group can keep you on the right track and your feet on the ground.  Ultimately the band can do what they want, its their life.  But if they really look for people to need them then.....
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Re: Blessed are the superstars
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2018, 06:26:28 PM »
Well, yeah, that's half the thing. Who are they to be criticizing filthy rich, arrogant superstars?

But it's only half. I'd feel fine debating that if I felt 100% sure they WERE criticizing them in the first place.

This line is bugging me. I thought about the master looking for someone to need him angle, and I'm not satisfied.