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Lorde Censored: Behind the suppression of the Queen Bee's Grammy speech

Lorde Censored: Behind the suppression of the Queen Bee’s Grammy speech

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  • Front-page news in New Zealand
  • Lorde’s censored handwritten Grammy speech
  • Full Transcript (with citations) of Lorde’s speech

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By Iggy Swind

6 February 2014

Also see Snoopman News for the inside story behind Lorde’s meteoric rise, “Queen Bee Mentor: The professor who fed Lorde’s mental buzz”, and “Lorde’s Suppressed Grammy Award acceptance speech (Full Transcript)”.

Mental chain reaction

The singer-songwriter Lorde shocked USA America’s music industry when accepting her second miniature gold-coloured gramophone for the night at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday January 26 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The shock was not because the singer-songwriter won two Grammy awards, Best Solo Pop Performance and Song of the Year, for her hit single ‘Royals’.

Rather, it has emerged that Lorde delivered a lecture-like speech that was a scathing indictment of global capitalism. But, the apparent ‘live’ broadcast had a one-minute delay and was switched to a ‘rehearsal take’ that had been shot earlier.

All of the nominees had been filmed earlier as a precaution, so that if any winners talked for too long or if their speeches or outfits revealed contents that breached its censorship rating, the Grammy’s studio could edit such moments without the wider world being any wiser. The near-seamless insertion of the ‘rehearsal take’ occurred after a wide-shot of the auditorium as Lorde, and her Grammy co-winner Joel Little, made their way up the steps to the stage.

Evidently, Lorde, whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, was miffed about the introduction of a ‘rehearsal take’ and prepared a lengthy speech. Yelich-O’Connor’s unexpected oratory nuclear-bomb shell nearly exploded the subterfuge of the ruling class both present and absent, and that of their media-guardians that watch over the White House-Hollywood Military-Media Complex.

Royal Lecture: Ella Yelich-O'Connor A.K.A. Lorde educates  elites at the 56th Grammy Awards.

Royal Lecture: Ella Yelich-O’Connor, A.K.A. Lorde, educates elites at the 56th Grammy Awards on ‘the death star’ that is global capitalism.

The video, which initially kept getting taken down on You Tube, (and is currently going viral on the web), shows that at first the elite of the USA America music industry gathered at the Staples Center, a sports stadium, laughed, when Lorde said in seventeen year-old Emo-speak, “Thankyou everyone soo much for making this song explode because this world is mental.”

However, as Lorde, who is from the South Pacific nation of New Zealand, continued, she split her audiences’ mirthful consensus in half like Ernest Rutherford let loose in an atomic laboratory. “Planet Earth is run by psychopaths that hide behind slick marketing, ‘freedom’ propaganda and ‘economic growth’ rhetoric, while they construct a global system of corporatized totalitarianism”, said the singer-songwriter as she eyed the music industry audience.

When the cameras cut to the audience, the mood in the room had swiftly changed as the mental atom-ripping shockwaves smashed past their inner ears to their frivolous pop-culture loving brains.

The sequence of shots showed there was a mixture of emotions from hearty-joke enjoyment and uncomfortable status-conscious giggles, to gob-smacked compliant shock and, most entertaining of all, outraged anger emoticon-like faces, that gave the sense of being mentally-wired to stock-market indices and law-suits. The giggling music stars included Katy Perry and Beyouncé, who were both busted by cameras snatching looks at incensed people who are paid a lot to care about USA America’s music industry cartel, which is dominated by a handful of transnational corporations.

Yelich-O’Connor told her captive and now quiet audience that a USA American journalist called Chris Hedges had recently reported that a corporate form of totalitarianism was responsible for what she said the news media was hiding: the rapid militarization of the planet to gain permanent dominance over the world.

The newly-gonged singer-songwriter implored the audience to see a comparison between today’s capture of power by the super-rich and the politically and militarily powerful, and capture of power over city states and nations by monarchies in former times. It was a scene reminiscent of the marionette puppet movie, Team America, wherein Broadway actor Gary Johnston, who is the newest recruit to the paramilitary anti-terrorism force, Team America, implores an audience of world leaders to unite against terrorism by drawing on a philosophical speech that a drunk had told him in a bar. However, the puppet Gary Johnston had failed to research USA America’s history in state-sponsored terrorism, whereas Lorde had done her homework. She appeared to be attempting to use the media propaganda system to reach the mass audience, rather than those that filled the room.

Who rules the world now?

Who rules the world now? Lorde attempts to reach the world mass audience.

“Can we not imagine that in past times”, said Lorde, eyeing her music contemporaries in the front rows, “simple folk found it hard to work out exactly how they were being manipulated by the Royal monarchies, and the Papal monarchy, who claimed a ‘divine right to rule’? Ordinary people from classical times, through to the demise of the Ancien Regime could not see how the rivalrous network of elites and oligarchs were linked, not least because the illiterate masses were indoctrinated to believe in their humble lot, to obey divinely-endorsed authority and to live in fear of damnation.”

Who rules the world now? Yelich-O'Connor compares monarchs and transnational capitalists.

‘Lorde’ compares monarchs from the olden days to today’s transnational capitalists.

At this point, many were enjoying the unexpected lecture from pops’ newest Queen pip-squeak. “So, in today’s mental world, it should become clearer now that Planet Earth is ruled by super-wealthy people, who use their outrageous fortunes to steer the trajectories of whole societies for their own material and political gain.”

“Only ‘Queen Bee’ Lorde could have said that”, said a New Zealand university professor of the History of Nearly Every Hierarchical Civilization Since Sumeria, Dr. Harry Hiveman, who unofficially mentored Yelich-O’Connor in capitalism’s “dark-side” in 2011. Hiveman, who gives the academic habit of making rabbit-ear marks with his index-fingers when speaking in euphemisms and using jargon, refers to capitalism as “the death star”.

Yelich-O’Connor “followed her nose” one summer day in early 2011 as Dr.  Hiveman was in his office preparing for the start of the university year. The singer-songwriter, who grew up in a posh vintage North Shore suburb called Devonport in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, was looking for answers to “but, why?” questions buzzing in her mental space to do with economic inequality she had noticed on ‘the North Shore’.

“Because she found me, and was willing to do what few Gen Y’ers are willing to do – read during their holidays about ‘doom and gloom’ stuff – she was able to let her mind explode on that sports stadium stage three years later”, said the Auckland University professor.

Cynthia Overlord, who is the director of Limelight, a network marketing company that sells female fashion products, including make-up, enthused about Lorde’s  suppressed Grammy speech. “Her fearlessness to say what all Aotearoans of her generation are thinking is why she deserves to led the sales surge in purple finger-nail paint”, beamed Overlord, who made smiling look hard.

Aotearoans are middle-class New Zealanders who have been indoctrinated by mainstream media missionaries to believe that because they regularly follow ‘the news’, this makes them well-informed. The term references Aotearoa, which is original native Mäori name for the North Island of New Zealand and translates to mean ‘the land of the long white cloud’. ‘Aotearoa’ is now commonly used to refer to the whole country because the climate has changed to windy overcast days during the brief summer holiday break when most New Zealanders go ‘outside’.

Hiveman, who was once married to Overlord, sniggered when he heard Overlord “try to spin” Lorde’s speech into a marketing opportunity for Limelight to exploit the ‘Lorde-look’. “Does Cynthia Overlord really believe that Lorde’s purple finger-nails have the magic to solve Aotearoans’ inter-generational malaise”. (Upon divorce, Cynthia Hiveman resumed the use of her family name, Overlord).

Royal Nails: Could Lorde's famous purple nails reboot the New Zealand economy for the middle class?

Royal Nails: Could Lorde’s famous purple nails reboot the New Zealand economy for the middle class?

Overlord is the chairwoman of the Aotearoa Rich Reaction, a group that promotes consumerism as a means to sustain prosperity based on the idea that spending keeps everyone in jobs and therefore well-off and happy.

“I think”, continued Hiveman, smiling as he began to rant, “Cynthia and the well-meaning people who support Aotearoa Rich Reaction are misguided if they believe that such fleeting boosts to consumption will lift their middle-class lifestyle boats. Their snobbery and squeamishness means they avoid at all costs having their deluded consumerist bubbles burst, even when it’s spelled out to them. Like typical bourgeoise, they don’t want to admit that long-term, their strategies for financial independence are ultimately futile, as long as the criminal groups running the world are left intact.”

Hiveman says Aotearoans, like their bourgeoise counterparts in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, would rather get cancer than acknowledge a new economic war has been in play since the early 1970s.

He paused. “They like to believe that their kids are better educated. In a way, some are.”

Aotearoans have music to form school bands, languages to travel with and well-resourced science experiments, Hiveman explained.

“But”, qualified Yelich-O’Connor’s mental-buzz mentor, “they also have sanitized history to misinform their bourgeoise worldviews”.

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Journalist Iggy Swind has worked alongside reporter Clark Kent at the Daily Planet and photojournalist Peter Parker at the Daily Bugle. Swind’s investigations proved both super-heroes work undercover for the Hollywood media cartel to distract mass audiences with their mediocre ‘saving the world’ action sagas, leaving those that run the world at-large. Those investigations have been suppressed.

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To read Lorde’s censored handwritten Grammy speech; & Full Transcript (with citations) of Lorde’s acceptance speech; and Front-page news in New Zealand see: Lorde Censored: The Queen Bee’s Suppressed Grammy Speech at https://snoopman.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/lorde-censored-the-queen-bees-suppressed-grammy-speech/

And also

See the Full Story: Royal Pencil in Print: Lorde’s suppressed Grammy speech makes front-page news in far-flung New Zealand at https://snoopman.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/royal-pencil-in-print-lordes-suppressed-grammy-speech-makes-front-page-news-in-far-flung-new-zealand/

See the scoop Clipping Queen Bee’s Wings: Lorde’s real Grammy speech suppressed
https://snoopman.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/clipping-queen-bees-wings-lordes-real-grammy-speech-suppressed/

See the inside story behind Lorde’s epic rise “Queen Bee Mentor: The professor who fed Lorde’s mental buzz at https://snoopman.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/queen-bee-mentor-the-professor-who-fed-lordes-mental-buzz/

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Snoopman News: The revolution in your mind will not be televised!

Combat Paxman’s propaganda revealed: How Russell Brand inadvertently provoked a confession from the combative vicar-like BBC broadcaster

By Snoopman

7 November 2013

Cracks in Combat Paxman’s propaganda model

Since the BBC’s famously combative Newsnight host, Jeremy Paxman, interviewed the famously womanizing comedian Russell Brand, in which Paxman grilled Brand for not being “arsed to vote”, the senior broadcaster has admitted he did not vote in a recent election.[i]  Paxman, who implicitly cast Brand as the ruling classes’ opponent, occupies a ranked spot in the British Empire’s first division of media propaganda models.

The Combat Paxman propaganda model interviewed Brand following the comedian’s guest-editing role of the Revolution Issue for the British political magazine, the New Statesman.[ii] The television interview, broadcast on October 23 2013, immediately went viral on YouTube, and has reached over 10 million views in two weeks.

Early on in the interview, Combat Paxman asked Brand if it was true that he didn’t vote and when he wasn’t satisfied with the comedian’s answers, the BBC host interrupted Brand to ask, “How do you imagine people get power?” When Brand replied that power was derived from hierarchical systems passed down through the generations, Combat Paxman interrupted the comedian like a vicar challenging a heathen, saying as he pointed his index finger accusingly, “They get power by being voted in. You can’t even be arsed to vote.”

At this point in the interview, Russell Brand morphed into angry Terrier Russell. The comedian continued, explaining that his non-voting stance was not “out of apathy”, but rather that he has observed an entrenched political apathy from political elites toward the majority of people.

Terrier Russell stated that political elites were serving the interests of the wealthy and that such a political alignment exacerbated the crises they were causing. According to Terrier Russell, the political elites and the super-rich were: threatening the planet’s ecological health, inflicting misery on a mass underclass in Britain and America, and were exploiting the poverty stricken around the world. Thus, Terrier Russell argued that a revolution was the only way to positively change the world.

In an article that appeared in the Radio Times, Combat Paxman described the Westminster parliament as a “green-bench pantomine”, referring to the green leather seats that members are elected to occupy.[iii]

In the Radio Times article Combat Paxman stated: “Russell Brand has never voted, because he finds the process irrelevant. I can understand that: the whole green-bench pantomime in Westminster looks a remote and self-important echo chamber. But it is all we have. In one recent election, I decided not to vote, because I thought the choice so unappetising.”

It is therefore hilarious to learn that the curious family name of the BBC’s Combat Paxman propaganda model comes from a propagandist effort of one of his ancestors. A BBC genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are?, found that Paxman was descended from a 14th century politician, Roger Packsman, who changed his name to Paxman to gain favour with his constituency.[iv] Since pax means peace in Latin, his ancestor was on one level claiming to be a ‘man of peace’, at a time when European oligarchic families were feuding over land, castles and the power to rule over as many hapless people as possible.

But, the word pax also refers to a period of ‘universal peace’ due to the dominance of one state power, such as a Pax Romana in the time of the Roman Empire. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that Paxman’s ancestor was not trying to forge a peace through redistribution of lands gained through violence, among the common folk who had no voting rights.

It was this documentary that Terrier Russell referred to in his interview with Combat Paxman, wherein the BBC used a scene of Combat Paxman crying when he learned that his poverty-stricken great-grandmother lost her welfare eligibility because she had a child out of wedlock. Terrier Russell tersely reminded Combat Paxman that he had cried because he knew it was unfair and that she, like millions now, was bearing the brunt of the upper classes’ indifference, greed and selfishness.

Terrier Russell argued at the end of his interview (as he did in his New Statesman editorial), that it was necessary to engage this emotional sense of injustice in order to mobilize people to revolt.

The revolution that science predicts is already underway, but not televised

Pertinently, the New Statesman’s ‘Revolution Issue’ featured a piece from journalist Naomi Klein, titled “How science is telling us to revolt”.[v] Some scientists argue the impasse to address ecological collapse over the last two decades is evidence that a counterforce of mass revolt is the only way to avoid humanity’s extinction. This, evidentially, is what populations have done when their very survival is threatened.

However, given that since 3600 B.C. there have been over 14,500 major wars, which have abruptly ended the lives of nearly four billion people, the record shows that for the most part, people have been conned into dying so that rulers may continue to rule, whether they are aspirants or incumbents.[vi] It is, therefore, going to be a formidable task to get people to revolt peacefully, just as it will be an incredible challenge to minimize the inevitable violence ordered by oligarchs in control of private armies and nation state elites.

When we consider that capitalism is primarily a private political power system, wherein dominant capitalist groups use their vast financial claims to wealth to maximize their ‘accumulation of power’, it becomes clear that democracy is merely an administrative system for the super-rich, as Russell Brand argued. Indeed, Brand’s view on democracy concurs with the argument presented by two political economists Johnathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler in their book Capital as Power. Nitzan and Bichler state that the super-rich regard both the public and private sectors as two divisions of their system, capitalism.

We can see why the propaganda models who work in the Global Media Complex fail to do the deep research required to produce excellent journalism, which is not to be confused what the kind that is often honoured with media awards. When it is recalled that a muck-raking journalist of an earlier era, Upton Sinclair wrote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it”, then we can see that propaganda models, like Combat Paxman, do routinely practice willful ignorance.[vii]

It is no surprise, then, that so many newspaper articles that dismissed the comedian’s public-spirited attempt to stimulate serious discussion on how democracy is being abused to serve the narrow interests of the wealthy, also failed to mention Naomi Klein’s excellent feature article.

Is it not, therefore, the superficial media who are being childish? After-all, the news media are meant to hold those with power accountable? If the news media took Brand’s initiative seriously, they could even conduct serious and sustained investigations into why exactly this political alignment between political elites and the super-rich occurred and what it means for democracy.[viii] The news media could even investigate theories, models and projects that are re-building societies at grassroots levels, such as can be found on the Global Transition Map.[ix] In other words, the news media could, if they were open-minded, investigate the revolution that is already happening.

Otherwise, why should we consume their news if they can’t be arsed defending open, free societies from the sustained abuses of power by the incumbent, criminal transnational capitalist class?

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By day, Snoopman works undercover as an ordinary mortal, editing news at a television station. By night, Snoopman researches the wicked deeds of the economically, politically, militarily and religiously powerful, and does everything at Snoopman News. (See Snoopman News for sourced references)

References


[i] Neetzan Zimmerman. (2013, October 24). Russell Brand May Have Started a Revolution Last Night. Gawker. Retrieved from

http://gawker.com/russell-brand-may-have-started-a-revolution-last-night 1451318185?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

[ii] Russell Brand on revolution. (2013 October 24).  “We no longer have the luxury of tradition”. The Revolution Issue.  New Statesman. Retrieved from http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution

[iii] Radio Times. (2013, November 4). Jeremy Paxman: I understand why Russell Brand doesn’t vote. Retrieved from http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-11-04/jeremy-paxman-i-understand-why-russell-brand-doesnt-vote; BBC Jeremy Paxman: Like Russell Brand, I didn’t vote. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24818743

[iv] “Who Do You Think You Are? (2006, January 11). With Jeremy Paxman”. BBC. BBC Two. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory/get_started/wdytya_s2_celeb_gallery_01.shtml

[v] Naomi Klein. (2013, October 24). How science is telling us to revolt.  The Revolution Issue.  New Statesman. Retrieved from http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/science-says-revolt

[vi] The Final Stretch. (1999, April). Creating Peace and Reconciliation. The New Internationalist. No. 311. p. 18-19. Any conflict with more than 1000 deaths is generally counted as a war. See also: Peace Pledge Union. http://www.ppu.org.uk/learn/infodocs/st_war_peace.html

[vii] Upton Sinclair (1935).  I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/23510.Upton_Sinclair

[viii] Snoopman. (2013, August 31). A Poorly Understood ‘Bargain’: How Democracy and the 60s Movements became Orphans in the ‘Free Market’ Era. Snoopman News. Retrieved from https://snoopman.wordpress.com/category/democracy-counter-movements/

[ix] The Global Transition Map to a New Economy. Retrieved from http://gtne.org/

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