The singer-songwriter Lorde shocked USA America’s music industry when accepting her second miniature gold-coloured gramophone for the night at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday January 26 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
The shock was not because the singer-songwriter won two Grammy awards, Best Solo Pop Performance and Song of the Year, for her hit single ‘Royals’ [http://youtu.be/LFasFq4GJYM]. Rather, it has emerged that Lorde delivered a lecture-like speech that was a scathing indictment of global capitalism. But, the apparent ‘live’ broadcast had a one-minute delay and was switched to a ‘rehearsal take’ that had been shot earlier.
This was Lorde’s full speech:
“Thank you so much everyone for making this song explode because this world is mental. (Laughter). Planet Earth is run by psychopaths that hide behind slick marketing, ‘freedom’ propaganda and ‘economic growth’ rhetoric, while they construct a global system of corporatized totalitarianism.
“As American journalist Chris Hedges has identified, a corporate totalitarian core thrives inside a fictitious democratic shell. This core yields an ‘inverted’ totalitarian state that few recognize because it does not look like the Orwellian world of Nineteen Eighty-four. This corporate totalitarian core is spreading outward from America.
“Planet Earth is being rapidly militarized by the world’s major and significant states, including their police forces. Meanwhile, state surveillance is becoming universal and torture is outsourced to gulags. Can we not imagine that in past times, simple folk found it hard to work out exactly how they were being manipulated by the Royal monarchies, and the Papal monarchy, who claimed a ‘divine right to rule’? Ordinary people from classical times through to the demise of Ancien Regime could not see how the rivalrous network of elites and oligarchs were linked, not least because the illiterate masses were indoctrinated to believe in their humble lot, to obey divinely-endorsed authority and to live in fear of damnation.
“But, in today’s mental world, it should become clearer now that Planet Earth is ruled by super-wealthy people, who use their outrageous fortunes to steer the trajectories of whole societies for their own material and political gain. These oligarchs are, in fact, colluding for economic gain and conspiring to augment more political power.
“Armies of professional, political, religious and military elites serve them.
“Together, they comprise a highly-networked trans-national capitalist class that has been traced in studies by
“Peter Phillips & Brady Osborne,
“William K. Carroll,
“Daniel Estulin & Laurence H. Shoup
“and William Minter.
“Canadian journalist Naomi Klein has argued in her book “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” that ‘free markets’ were themselves slickly marketed in the 1980s and 1990s promoting the idea that they would deliver individual freedom and prosperity for all. Klein also described the use of military violence to facilitate the spread of free markets from the “field-testing” stage, in mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, which has continued to the present day.
“Her view is supported in Eugene Jarecki’s documentary “Why We Fight”(2006), which compellingly showed that America fights wars to make the world secure for its corporations. So, get reading and viewing!
[Lorde giggled and half the audience rose to their feet applauding. The other half remained fixed in their chairs. Some reluctantly clapped.]
“Thank you so much everyone for giving a s*it about our song, ‘Royals’. May you all find the balls to help construct a world based on resilient community, bona-fide freedom, and peace. To do that, we will need to redeploy the psychopaths that currently run the world to the planet’s prisons. Peace cannot happen with reconciliation. That was Nelson Mandela’s mistake. The first step to peace is justice firmly served.”
Lorde, from Devonport, New Zealand, is 17 and is apparently the next big thing. Hmm, I can think that she have some hurdles ahead………
See more at: http://repeace.com/repeace-blog/entry/lordes-suppressed-grammy-award-acceptance-speech-full-transcript-26-january-2014#.UvrAxSyqeHM.facebook whose works brought above to my attention.