Monday, October 22, 2007

Addendum to Anarcho-Celebrity: Feeding the #987

For the short-sighted amongst you, I meant to mention that the last post - Anarcho-Celebrity - had an oldish picture of Posh and Becks accompanying the text because of Beckham's choice of T shirt in the picture.

If you look closely enough, you can see that he is wearing a Crass T shirt. Fashion statement or political statement, it doesn't matter: LA Galaxy's season is over, Beckhamania Stateside jumped the shark about two months ago - though we will always have that balmy night in New Jersey in mid-August - and political/football statements by overpaid footballers begins and ends with the iconic image reproduced above from ten years back.

For that action alone, I'll always cut Fowler and Steve McManaman a line lot of slack. (Now's not the time for Bolivian marching powder on the Anfield touchline jokes.)

I hunted high and low for the pic of Beckham in the Crass T shirt, 'cos I'd heard about it through the grapevine down the years, but I'd never ever seen a picture of him anywhere wearing the T shirt - even originally mistaking this T shirt for it in the last post (since amended) - until I stumbled across this post which has the grainy shot of Becks doing his best impersonation of the 'Man From The WSA' . I'm just glad that I finally located the Beckham Crass pic in what is the week of the ACA* back in Blighty.

Both Beckham pics are mentioned in this funny pop-culture page, which is entitled 'Trendy t-shirts and clueless celebrities: Ignorance on parade, purists go mental', and does exactly what is says on the tin.

Going on past form on the blog, the obvious thing to do at this point would be to have a short snarl at pop muppets wearing Sex Pistols or Ramones T shirts, and to throw in for good measure some obscure hipster reference about how I'd have a coronary if I spotted Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd twinning up by wearing Fatima Mansions 'Keep Music Evil' T shirts on The View. But have you ever seen Rock 'n' Roll High School? It would have taken more than the E Channellers turning up in punk T shirts to faze The Ramones. (It was in fact Green Day citing them as an influence that pushed 3/4 of the band over the edge.)

In fact, I think the two pics below of Kirstin Dunst wearing a Smiths T shirt and Jennifer Aniston wearing an MC5 T shirt are cool, and I'm looking forward to the day when The Office's Dwight Schrute is discovered to be wearing some vintage FGTH boxer shorts under his polyester suit.

*ACA: the Annual Commodification of Anarchism aka The London Anarchist Bookfair.

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