Vigilant Citizen – July 19, 2012
For the launch of Anja Rubik’s new magazine, 25, photographer and director Barnaby Roper teamed up with Kanye West to make a video dedicated to the issue’s theme of eroticism. The result is, well, umm…Satanic. I can’t really find another way of describing it, because it is neither cool, nor fun or even interesting.
Mixing Christian images with BDSM has been done ad-nauseam by pretty much every pop star the industry decided to shove down our collective throat and this video just wants to keep it going. However, today, the industry is not about being “original”, “artistic” or even “shocking” anymore, it is about bombarding the youth with the same set of images and meanings until it is completely indoctrinated.
While it is said that the video is about making eroticism “beautiful”, most probably get the feeling that it makes eroticism appear evil and wrong. It is full of what I call “semi-subliminals”, images that are flashed for a split second but long enough to be recognized. And these images are not very pretty. Let’s look at the some of the video’s scenes.
The video begins with Kanye saying:
“Through me, the way into the suffering city,
Through me, the way to everlasting pain,
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”