becoming... (anyone can do it)
I am completely fascinated by the train wreck that is MTV's "Becoming." If you're unfamiliar with the concept, they take a bunch of average Joes and Josephines and get them to recreate a popular music video. It's an interesting exercise in self-deconstruction, because essentially what MTV is doing is showing that anyone, given the right clothing, makeup, lighting, and choreography, can be an pop star, the likes of which are marketed by MTV. Oh, except for that pesky singing bit. But these days, with Pro Tools and other such mixing devices, singing is just a technicality.
So far I've seen the Backstreet Boys (eww, the abundance of fake facial hair needed to recreate the Boys was appalling), Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and that Ricky Martin/Christina Aguilera one. The best, by far, was the Boys. It's that one where they're dancing, wearing all white, in an airport, culminating in a groupie orgy in the hangar. "I Want it That Way," I think it is. (Okay, fine, I own their Millenium CD. It was a very different time, okay?) I didn't think anyone could top the parody Sum 41 did, but MTV has it locked down--though it's an unintentional parody, of course. They hired these wanna-be groupies for the recreation, and the guys playing the Boys were all excited that the girls were there to see them.
Fine, fine, back to the essay.