'Essential Faces': The Emmys, Met Gala and Mask Castes

The Los Angeles Times take on the Emmys was that the winners were the wrong race. Specifically, too white. The comments section take on is that it was amazing to see so many celebrities masked while the staff had to wear masks.

There were similar observations made about the Met Gala and other recent celebrity events.

Early on, I reported the double standard in describing the media as essential and then in treating Hollywood as essential.  

Los Angeles County's order treats "newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts" as being on a par with truckers, dentists, and police officers. 

But who decided that the media is an essential business and why?

The film permit office now claims that “the State of California has viewed workers supporting the film, television and commercial production industry… as essential for the state’s critical infrastructure.”

What role does shooting movies play in the “critical infrastructure” of California? 

What we're seeing a year later is the same game. 

Some faces are "essential" while others are not. Celebrities have to be seen and it's essential that they go unmasked. The waiters, attendants, makeup artists, and other peons who labor for them are not.

Essential was never actually a medical or scientific category, but a political one.

In the current leftist political hierarchy, celebrities occupy an important role in waging the cultural revolution. Their faces are essential and the caste system allows them to go unmasked. 

The caste system extends far beyond the current pandemic and its decrees. It's a network of double standards, lubricated with protection money and maintained with power grabs. 

When celebrities claim that they're fighting for social justice, they're really fighting for their own power and privilege.

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