Outrage Or Creative License?
Here’s a photograph that has a horrible inevitability about it; Imelda Marcos dancing with Henry Kissinger.
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) produced a song cycle called ‘Here Lies Love’ about the life of Imelda Marcos that is still causing outrage on the message boards. First, because to many who lived through the oppressive regime it’s the equivalent of making a musical about Hitler, but also because in their programme notes, there appears to be no condemnation at all for the First Lady.
It raises an interesting point: Are artists required to damn their subjects if those subjects are objectionable, or should they rise above knee-jerk public opinion? I rather think they don’t have to justify their actions, but judging by the sizzling level of anger around the project, some kind of interim statement might be necessary.
More problematically, the album has largely received poor notices – but I enjoyed it, especially the title track.