Fashionistas, culture, mob-emotion, triviality and liberty

David Davis

Jonathan Pierce says over at Samizdata that there’s a good quote from the estimable George Pitcher, about the public collective mourning for Alexander McQueen, the “fashion” “designer”. Of course any human death is sad and regrettable, for we ordinary people do not resemble Stalin in that way. Except of course for the deaths of self-made-scumbags like Kim Jong-Il, his pals Hitler, Castro and Pol Pot, and Jaques Derrida (not sure what this fellow is famous for except deconstructing things people liked, and influencing too many more.) No, these deaths are not regrettable at all, but are to be cheered to the rooftops.

The best bit for me was ” I had just flicked on the TV in my hotel room and there was some moist-eyed fashonista popsicle being asked about his legacy. “He changed the silhouette of trousers forever,” she replied earnestly, her voice almost breaking with emotion. “

7 responses to “Fashionistas, culture, mob-emotion, triviality and liberty

  1. Makes me think of the Poem ‘A Soldier died today’

    I cant be doing with all the public grief whoring – I do believe it started when Blair had his wobbly lipped Peoples Princess moment..

  2. It was a combination of Blair and Diana. I want to post something about this in due course.

  3. Was Diana the first? Surely not. I was only a kid at the time but I seem to recall a similar amount of lunacy over the deaths of John Lennon and Grace Kelly. For that matter I know people from Lennon’s part of the world who still get weepy about it now. Perhaps the age of instant news has made the grief whoring, as Cold Steel Rain put it, more visible but I think there have always been people who want to grieve for a public figure that they never knew – exhibit A is the fact that state funerals have always had plenty of people turning up to watch the cortege go past. The trick cyclists might know why.

  4. Judaism holds to the idea that when a person dies, a universe dies with them.


  5. The demarcation between those who disliked Diana and those who liked her seems very much the same as the division between tough-minded and tender-minded. It’s near-on always accurate, like litmus paper.

    Tony (a Diana fan)

  6. Actually, whether you liked or disliked Diana is reasonably good indicator of which side you would take in the Culture Wars.

    Incidentally, I thought her dangerous and, whether knowingly or unknowingly, a very effective tool for the Frankfurt Schoolers’ destruction of Britain.

  7. What “culture war” are you talking about? Are we all expected to buy into some black-and-white weltanschaung? What on earth are you talking about?