Joanna Schroeder feels Tupac Shakur’s appearance (as a hologram) at Coachella may have officially caused Coachella to jump the shark… Or maybe it made Coachella sort of awesome? Apparently she can’t decide which.
I feel really young. I mean, I’m in my mid-30s, but I still ride a skateboard regularly, I still wear a string bikini in public, and I don’t have to dye my hair… I feel like a kid most of the time.
But I am too damn old to sit in the blistering heat in the desert with a bunch of dirty people high on Ecstasy. People who paid $500 a ticket, nonetheless… I’m in the Four Seasons stage of my life, not the no-shower-for-four-days-and-make-out-with-strangers stage.
So I figured all those Coachella-goers clogging our freeways here in SoCal were in their early 20s. But no, apparently not.
This all occurred to me when I saw this video:
Yes, this is rap legend Tupac Shakur. Well, a hologram of rap legend Tupac Shakur. And it looks good, I’m not gonna lie.
But then I realized that Coachella must be full of people in their mid-30s like me! It has to be. I mean, I realize that young people know who Tupac is (though they probably don’t know who Biggie Smalls is), but would they care? These people are freaking out at hologram Tupac. I know I would (but then I would question the whole thing later, after the Ecstasy wore off). I mean, I even freaked out at the Yo Gabba Gabba stage show with my kids when Biz Markee starting singing, “Oh baby you… You got what I need…” And that’s just Biz Markee for God’s sake. Apparently I’m sentimental for the early 90s.
So Hologram-Tupac raises three questions I hope you guys will answer for me:
How old is too old to go to multi-day outdoor concerts?
How the hell did they get Tupac-hologram to say “Coachella?”
And, most importantly, does this holographic performance honor the late great artist, or exploit his memory?
PS I can’t help but relate this back to Oliver Lee Bateman’s post criticizing the blog “Things White People Like“… I assume both “Coachella” and “A Hologram of Tupac” are on that list.
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