Thursday, July 26, 2018

#207 / Cash Me Outside

Some will remember Danielle Bregoli (a recent photo is presented above). Danielle is the young girl who, in an earlier incarnation, fought with her mother, and cursed her mother, on the Dr. Phil show. You can click the link for a YouTube video of the entire incident. At the end of the interview with Dr. Phil, thirteen-year-old Bregoli challenged the "hoes" in the audience to "Cash me outside. How 'bout dah?" A more recent video shows that she is still getting herself off by fighting in the street. 

I learned from an article in the Sunday, July 8, 2018, edition of The New York Times Magazine that Bregoli has now been reimagined (with a lot of help from a couple of publicists) as "Bhad Bhabie." That is supposed to be pronounced, "Bad Baby," but "Bad Barbie" would probably convey the same idea. Bregoli is now a rap musician. The newest incarnation is pictured above.

What struck me forcibly, as I read about "Bhad Bhabie," is the congruence of her emergence as popular public figure with the emergence of our popular and "beloved" President, Donald J. Trump. Both of them are foul-mouthed, aggressive, anti-intellectual and belligerent bullies. And both are aiming to pull in the big bucks.

Culture is contagious.
Culture is catching.
Like to watch you move, girl.
You really are so fetching!

You go low (Mr. President)? We go lower!

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