I’m not some Sofia Coppola fangirl who spends my downtime reblogging Marie Antoinette or Lost In Translation gifs to my tumblr, so my general feeling about her is that she’s kind of overrated and a little bit corny. Sure, The Bling Ring looks like a lot of fun, but I guarantee you it’ll be ridiculously popular with the hipster set by virtue of the fact that it’s her film, even if it’s not actually executed all that well.
Anyhoo, that’s neither here nor there. Sofia Coppola obviously has a grasp on ~celebrity culture~ and guess what – she thinks it’s all getting a little out of hand.
From The Independent:
“I see celebrity culture as some kind of guilty-pleasure thing that you look at once in a while,” declares Sofia Coppola. “But now it’s become the dominating thing in our culture in America. It’s out of control.”
The writer-director, who is now 42, has always been a woman economical with words. She’s definitely not keen on over-explaining herself or her films and, while never defensive, once she’s drawn lines, she is unwilling to cross them. Would she, for instance, count herself a feminist?
“Oh, I don’t talk about political things,” she says. “But I’m happy I get to put out a feminine point of view.” What advice would she give to the real-life Bling Ring-ers? “I don’t want to dispense advice but my parents always emphasised the importance of hard work. That’s something I try to instil in my daughters.” What are her theories about the boom in celebrity culture? “I don’t want to say. I just tried to make a movie that showed the experience of these kids and let the audience decide how they feel.”
Oh, Christ. So, celebrity culture is out of control, so you make a film directly about it, criticise the trend in society and then decline to elaborate on her theories. Lovely. Also, the bullshit “I don’t talk about politics” answer when asked if you’re a feminist is so fucking tired, I can’t even. Here’s an easy litmus test for anyone who might be confused about the matter. Do you believe that women and men should have the same rights, earn the same money for doing the same job and be able to do whatever they want to do without distinction from men? Ding ding ding, you’re a feminist!
Yes, celebrity culture is “out of control”. But it’s also fun and a nice distraction from everyday life for us peons – and for some of it, it’s our livelihood. That’s good enough for me.