Easily overlooked between the plucked eye brows and curled lip of l’enfant terrible Amanda Fucking Palmer.
Amanda Palmer shows the transition from oh-so-fucking-hip to oh-so-fucking-successful isn’t easy. You can be loved for what you struggle to do, gain fans, be accused of “fame-whoring” (and not shaving your armpits), launch a Kickstarter project, and then have the interwebs cry foul as you still do what you always did, because “Hey, you gotta pay your way now; ad hoc playing-for-free struggling musicians on your show aren’t acceptable any more”.
How bitter the backlash. Every tweet added fuel to the fire, and one with a ‘Klan’ reference which was apparently especially abhorrent, showing how truly horrific she was.
@JoanArkham ironic product placement is only ok if you take no money & beyond that give all the income to something ironic. like the Klan.
— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) March 25, 2010
I despise the KKK and what is stands for and has done, but to vilify Amanda Palmer for bringing them up in a tweet on web where the casual use of despicable historical figures and tasteless jokes are rampant seems a touch too much.
After all, this is someone who isn’t afraid to respond “epically” to “Tits or STFU” Scientology funding accusation.
Amanda Palmer changed her position on not paying her ad hoc tour musicians, but her critics continue to moan and probably won’t be happy until she divorces Neil Gaimen and is a struggling indie artist once again. Tall poppies: success breeds contempt.
“Each time you dive into the crowd, some portion of the audience before you consists of observers with no interest in catching you. And you are still asking them to, because another thing the web has done is erode the ability to put something into the world that is directed only at interested parties. Its content isn’t like a newsletter mailed discreetly to private homes; it’s like a magazine on a newsstand, asking to be purchased. Telling the world all about your life can look generous to fans and like a barrage of narcissism to everyone else.” – The Amanda Palmer Problem: How Does a Cult Musician Become a Figure to Be Mocked?
See also: Amanda Palmer: ‘The Daily Mail seems to be nationally despised’