We have all seen it happen to professionals, especially entertainers. You find yourself enamoured by some new flavour of the month, you buy their album or go to see their latest film and you allow yourself to think that they are really cool because of their singing, acting or dancing. But then, you see them on television being interviewed or on some talk show like Graeme Norton and you think to yourself - what a fucking dickhead!
It totally taints the way that you saw them and you realise that all of that fame has totally gone to their heads and that they have succumbed to the "getting too exclusive" virus, and yep, now you actually really don't like them at all anymore. And it's not just because they're dickheads, it's also because they fooled you into thinking that they were someone else and you almost feel betrayed by that and you most definitely feel let down.
Well, from my experience, you don't need to be rich or famous to be getting too exclusive for your own good. In fact I have found that if people or even organisations feel like they have the monopoly over something then they tend to take on air of exclusivity very bloody quickly indeed and it can leave people feeling alienated and on the outer rim. And I am speaking from some very recent personal experiences that I have encountered where I have felt like I was banging my head against a brick wall to get anywhere because I wasn't in the 'know' enough to be given the respect that I deserved.
I'm not going to really get into it because these organisations are reputable and do have some terrific people working for them and I don't want to tar everyone with the same dirty brush here, but if you or your business, or your organisation starts to get so exclusive that you are alienating people and making them feel like shit, then you are getting way too exclusive for your own good.
There is a terrific quote by Malcolm S. Forbes that says: You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
Pretty good words to live by I reckon and certainly not a part of the mindset of the all too exclusive people of this world that's for sure!
Release Date: 2017
Running Time: 109 mins
A musical drama directed by Geremy Jasper that screened in the US Dramatic Competition section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Patti Cake$ throws some new light onto what is essentially an underdog storyline, which is made all the more enjoyable through the rap music that brings them all together.
Patricia Dombrowski is an overweight white woman from New Jersey who is seeking fame and fortune in the rap industry. She is both torn down and raised higher by the various relationships that she has in her life and must rely on her own tenacity to push passed her haters.
It is the group of downtrodden misfits and their passion for rap music that raises this movie out of the realms of mediocrity. Danielle Macdonald is a tour de force as Patti and brings so much determination and gusto to her character that you just can't stop rooting for the underdog and getting caught up in all of the hopeful dreaming.
Patti Cake$ is certainly not a life changer, but it is an enjoyable, warm and inspiring watch.
FINAL SAY: Act your age. Act your race.
3 Chilli Peppers