Saturday, October 13, 2007

What a Muppet: Vivienne Westwood

Presenting the ninth in series of Mind Numbing Muppets - a Soundtracksforthem response to the dumbing down of the commuter newspaper. I mean if they don't educate our childern how will they ever learn to have respect for animal life? Call 1866 239 6000 now...

Number 9: Vivienne Westwood

Remember Vivienne Westwood? One of those characters who like Malcolm McLaren, scored their relevance from the notoriety earned by some delinquent and very malleable teenagers, in the guise of the Sex Pistols some three decades ago.

Not that she ever went away, but she is certainly back - back, as I read in one of those free commuter papers, to feature in what's claiming to be one of the world's biggest symposiums on the importance of democracy in today's shifting world. Good enough excuse to escapethe loony bin of the celebrity pages to pass herself off for serious comment in the world section.

Look we all know Westwood is one of those contrarians, always ready with some shock horror poke at convention on the cat walk. In later years she fell back on the forms she was meant to have shattered and now she seems blessed with the gift of spewing dinner party tripe with every intake of breath.

So for her contribution to the Metro/CBC forum on democracy, she gives some startling lessons in political philosophy - in particular the evolution of democratic thought: "the worst thing ever to happen in history was the French revolution." Ah Viv, really?

You think the woman who revolutionised fashion and left you with all those cheap punkified high street jeans and t-shirts with slogans in fake paint splatters, would have a more copped approach. But no not really - the French revolution you see, was just like some a string of soap episodes leading up to the cliff hanger - "a terrible excuse for people to affect their personal vendettas."

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