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Monday, February 18, 2013

Chris Brown Is Not a Rapper...

Posted by on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

...a fact which doesn't bode well for the latest provocation by Camille Paglia, the world's preeminent chronicler of the importance of Madonna's 1984-1991 output. Paglia begins her 2,000-word Sunday Times think piece "Why Rihanna Is the New Diana" with the above mischaracterization of one of her main characters, and hopes sentences like "Diana and Rihanna began as sensitive, wounded, but appealingly bubbly and good-natured provincial girls who slowly discovered their own photogenic virtuosity and began to conceptualize themselves as living sculpture for the lens..." will inspire readers to purchase the full story.

Read the free-and-worth-every-penny excerpt here.


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First reaction: "Camille Paglia's still alive?" Second reaction: "If it's all going to sound like, 'Not since Diana rocketed from a shy, plump kindergarten aide to a lean, mean fashion machine has there been such a ravishingly seductive flirtation', I think I'll pass."
Posted by Prettybetsy on February 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Can we just agree that Molly Ivins said everything about Camille Paglia that needed saying, two decades ago, and otherwise ignore Paglia?
Posted by Warren Terra on February 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Lissa 3
God I hate Camille Paglia. She's a bubble of bullshit held together by the surface tension of her own narcissism.
Posted by Lissa on February 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM · Report this
I'm with all three of you - Camille Paglia has no real insights and just babbles on. Horrible and I can't believe anyone still listens to her without laughing.
Posted by westello on February 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this
Timmytee 5
HOWEVER . . . I admit that I ALSO had no idea that Brown was not a rapper!
Posted by Timmytee on February 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM · Report this
TVDinner 6
@3: THANK YOU. She's horrible.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on February 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM · Report this
Lissa @3, your comment is sheer brilliance.
Posted by jt on February 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 8
piling on: Lissa @3, your erudition kicks the living shit out of anything that Paglia bitch ever scratched with her crusty finger-scabs. You made my fucking day.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber on February 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM · Report this
undead ayn rand 9
Totally. Paglia makes her living exclusively on being a right-wing PoMo-insufferable "feminist" contrarian. I'm sure she lives well on being called up to defend various subjects as "even the ~liberal feminist~ Paglia must admit..."

I wish her and Huffington would disappear and never speak a word in public again.
Posted by undead ayn rand on February 18, 2013 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 10
Paglia is another in a long line of self-important NYC intelligentsia blowhards. It's an industry over there, a multi-million dollar circlejerk of intellectual masturbation.

Thank you, Mr. Schmader, for willing to be their bukkake target and tell the rest of us what we're not missing.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on February 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM · Report this
laterite 11
Camille's ongoing descent into dementia is so sad. She used to at least stay vaguely on topic in her essays and be entertaining to boot. No references to Kate Winslet or Brazilian female body types at all, and it took until the very final few paragraphs before we got a mention of Camille's pet fav Madonna and a slam on Lady Gaga. And now that I think about it, wouldn't a much better basis of comparison for this essay have been between Rhianna and Madonna, considering the latter's own well-publicized and tumultuous relationship and marriage with Sean Penn? You slippin', girl.
Posted by laterite on February 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
Lissa 12
Aww you guys. ::blush:: Thank you.
Posted by Lissa on February 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Sandiai 13
I feel a little dirty after reading that, although it did suck me in. I'm trying to wrap my mind around the implied comparison between Chris Brown and Prince Charles, or the characterization of Princess Dianna as someone intensely vain. Really?

And yes, Paglia is a cunt and a poor excuse for a "writer."
Posted by Sandiai on February 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM · Report this
mr. herriman 14
Yes, please give Lissa the coveted Gold Star Comment award today!
Posted by mr. herriman on February 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM · Report this

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