An image of terminal decadence
Here is a recent photograph of Demi Moore, mother of Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah, at some Hollywood party, dancing in front of the half-black, half-Jewish musician Lennie Kravitz:
Of course readers will say I’m reading too much into it. Maybe Moore just happens to be standing next to Kravitz and is not directing her desperate charms at him. Maybe Kravitz is not even aware of Moore. Nevertheless, the photo is iconic. I see it as a fitting symbol of the approaching end of our civilization. As such, it also reverberates in my mind with the concluding lines of W.B. Yeats’s bitterest poem, “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen,” the entirety of which is about the end of civilization:
But now wind drops, dust settles; thereuponDame Alice Kyteler, in the fourteenth century, was the first woman in Ireland charged and condemned as a witch; she was specifically charged for consorting with a demon named Robert Artisson. Here she is offering the demon sacrificial gifts—one of them, the bronzed peacock feathers, very precious and refined, suggesting the lady’s own nobility and refinement, the other consisting of animal parts, symbolic of primitive lust. For a woman, especially a high-born woman, to give herself to a demon is Yeats’s ultimate symbol of the destruction of civilization.
And what phenomenon do we see throughout the West today, not just occurring spontaneously, but deliberately orchestrated and promoted by the all-powerful mass media? Attractive white women offering themselves to Negro primitives—who, by the way, with a frequency far outpacing that of any other type of coupling, turn on them and savagely kill them.
This image is profound. Note that Kravitz is giving the finger with a jaded and menacing smirk.Richard S. writes:
I must admit discomfort at your use of the word “savage” to describe Kravitz. As far as I know, he has not exhibited any behavior that would warrant the term.LA replies:
I don’t know anything about the man—his life, his actions, his behavior. He manifestly looks like a savage. That is his significance to me.Ed H. writes:
It’s interesting how even our visual eye has been conditioned by Political Correctness. We see a black man surrounded by white people. We are so busy reminding ourselves not to be racist that no one notices that Len is giving the finger. Class act Len, you da man.December 18
Kravitz is not giving the finger. If you look carefully, you can see he is in the process of snapping his finger, because his thumb is folded underneath his middle finger. Demi Moore is doing the same with her left hand.Al B. writes:
Thank you for your great website. I’d just like to correct some of your commenters on one of your latest posts. That photo of a desperate Demi Moore is, indeed, despicable but Kravitz does not seem to me to be giving the finger. Both Kravitz and Moore are clicking their fingers to the music. It’s clear if you zoom in on his fingers. Ed H. is usually a powerhouse but in this case he is seeing something that isn’t there.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 17, 2012 10:29 AM | Send