Thursday, May 16, 2013
Gatsby And Kardashians Both Inhabit World Opulence And Glamour
They both inhabit worlds of opulence and glamour, but the character of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel and the popular realty Tv show also tell us something about celebrity culture and the American class system, says Sarah Churchwell. While promoting Baz Luhmann's new adaptation of The Great Gatsby, the actress Carey Mulligan declareed in an interview with Vogue that Daisy Buchanan, the character she plays, is "like a Kardashian", referring to family in the American reality TV show. Keeping up with the Kardashians, Mulligan went on to explain, "(Daisy feels like living in a movie of her own life. She is constantly on show, performing all the time. Nothing bad can happen in a dream. You can not die in a dream. She is in her TV show." The comment attracted a great deal of attention, and Mulligan later clarified it, saying that what she meant was that, like Kadashians, Daisy is always obliged to look perfect, that this is part of her "business"