Saturday, June 26, 2010

Why kitsch is good for you

Kitsch (loanword from German) is a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value. The concept is associated with the deliberate use of elements that may be thought of as cultural icons while making cheap mass-produced objects that are unoriginal. Kitsch also refers to the types of art that are aesthetically deficient and that make creative gestures which merely imitate the superficial appearances of art through repeated conventions and formulae. Excessive sentimentality often is associated with the term.  // wikipedia

Bon j'avoue, je suis la première à pointer du doigt en criant "kitsch" et "quétaine" lorsque je vois un objet/image/vêtement digne de cet adjectif, il n'y a pas d'ambiguité, ça l'est ou ça ne l'est pas.  Some people have a very powerful gaydar, I have the tacky-dar. 

 It's got nothing to do with its price, you have to know that a 5000$ piece of furniture can still look tacky as hell...

Take this for example, it's a real Chanel bag, from their special China collection, four digits yet even more digits of tackiness right?

Animal prints and gold usually scream tacky .... Too bad because I really like animal prints! And Mariah, or Mariah...faded gradient jean skirt ? Are we back in 2000?

Peu importe que lorsqu'on voit une chose quétaine on a juste envie de rougir de honte et de se cacher derrière un coussin.  Les intentions du kitsch sont toujours bonnes. toujours de bon sentiments. naive but well intented!  (like this christmas sweater)

I've always liked 80s music videos and songs, because they are so different from the 2010 culture full of gratuitous violence and sex, they are more goofy and tender and we need that!  That's right, Lionel Richie's video clips are better than Lady Gaga's (oh the  blasphemy)

Here's a ridiculously kitsch music video called "Est-ce que tu reviens pour les vacances", that will, despite the oversized shirts and bad haircuts, make your heart melt.  awww yeaaa another summer song!

Bisous, guys!! This is going to be my last old school French propaganda song for a while, promise!!

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