Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Athena Reborn"

Chateau Heartiste informs us of a pop singer's deification — ‘Alt-right’ white supremacists have chosen Taylor Swift as their ‘Aryan goddess’ icon, through no fault of her own.

About the website in question, one should read a line like "The Southern Poverty Law Center dubbed it a 'neo-Nazi website' and one of the two most popular 'hate sites' online," since the SPLC has for decades been [in]famous for justifying its own existence by suggesting that's it's always 1933 in Amerika. To suggest the singer is "a pure Aryan goddess, like something out of classical Greek poetry," is harmless fanboy talk; calling a black pop singer an "African goddess" would hardly bat an eye. Far more interesting, since it hints at conspiracy, is the idea that "Swift is covertly ‘red-pilled,’ concealing her secret conservative values from the progressive music industry while issuing subtle nods to a reactionary fanbase."

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Matching modern celebrities to ancient gods is one of my favourite games! =D

But I don't think I'd match Tay-tay with Athena. She's more like Artemis: a huntress (of men?!) who is caught by none. And the favourite goddess of young women who are disappointed in love!

I'd also cast her as a new incarnation of Erato, the muse of love poetry, who in our age got tired of being just the inspiration and decided to write and sing the songs herself.

June 9, 2016 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

I think you are right about Artemis. Any other celebrity-deity matches?

And speaking Erato and love poems, my b-day present was the new album mentioned in this post of mine, which is nothing but love poems:

June 11, 2016 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Belated Happy Birthday and Father's Day!

Many years ago, I matched Maria Shriver with Hera--a modern Hera who went for the divorce when her husband cheated in a way she could no longer ignore. I'd probably "type" her differently now, but she's generally off my radar!

I also thought Heidi Klum made a good Aphrodite at the time she left Seal, who is obviously the poor Hephaestus.

But in general, the constellation of celebrities cannot be compared to the enduring constellations of the night sky.

June 21, 2016 at 9:24 AM  

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