I would like to take this opportunity to declare a moratorium on music videos that are about the paparazzi, or about being chased by the paparazzi, or about being driven crazy by the paparazzi, or about how hard it is out there for a famous person. Because this video–during which Ashlee is having visions of herself as a statue, and as a committed crazy person, and as a normal person wearing what looks like Doc Marten wedges (?!)–is almost not terrible, but it’s pretty much ruined by the whole “maybe this is the crazy hallucinogen-fueled sequel to Brit Brit’s ‘Piece Of Me’” angle. Yes, we get it. Fame is hard. And no, I don’t envy anyone who serves as fodder for the increasingly dumber and more sharklike gossip press. But big splashy promotional things that go on and on about this–while still saying “But please look at me right now and buy my album out next spring!!”–seem to be a bit disingenuous, no? Can 2008 be the year during which American culture goes on a metafame-colon-cleanse? Please?
Ashlee Simpson Likes Rubik’s Cubes, The Chick From Missing Persons, Getting Crazy
December 19th, 2007 // 19 Comments