Dear Seattle Opera,
Congratulations on being the biggest fuckers in the opera world. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here.
I can’t say that I’ve ever consumed anything from the Kardashian empire, but the fact that they have an empire should indicate something. No, Kim may not have the conventional talent that our world associates with success in the arts - musical, acting, etc. But the Kardashians are incredibly savvy business people. They took the “lack of talent or skill” and turned it into a global media empire. They were incredibly smart about publicity and social media, learning to navigate a mire complex of media platforms and used them to their advantage, capturing an audience that wouldn’t normally have given them time of day.
If anything, I think the opera world has quite a LOT to learn from what the Kardashians have been able to do.
Can we also talk about the underlying sexism and misogyny that comes with this statement? I don’t know enough about Kim’s personal life to know if she slept with someone or not to get to the top. Let’s say she did - WHY DOES IT EVEN MATTER TO YOU? It means she had to take part in a system that is designed to keep women down. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lived in a world where women were promoted on merit? Where gender and sexism colored glasses don’t dictate most of women’s working lives? Don’t even get me started on the misogyny you are throwing on the opera itself.
This kind of pretentious assholery is one of the very things that keep people from going to the opera, or from giving classical music a crack. Constant alienation of pop culture is going to help nobody in the classical world. The world and media are constantly evolving, and if the opera world is intent on drawing in audiences and making itself relevant to a new audience, this kind of behavior is NOT what they should be doing.
Instead of dissing the Kardashians, why don’t you take a read and learn a lesson or two.
A very pissed off opera fan