Broadway actor calls out Kanye West for using his phone during opening night of 'The Cher Show'
On last week's episode of South Park, Eric Cartman starts using the Buddha Box, a soundproof cardboard box that you put over head. Its walls broadcast the screen of your smartphone centimeters away from your face, so you can constantly spring between text messages, apps and the internet, ignoring people in real life. Soon, everyone in South Park becomes addicted to Buddha Boxes, bumbling blindly around town, missing real experiences in favor of virtual pablum. (That is, until they get hit by a car.)
That vision isn't far off from our from our current world. Today most people walk down the street, heads bent, glued their phones, glancing up every once in a while so they don't walk into a lightpost. And despite the dangers, people still check their phones while driving. The next time you pull up at a red light, look around; everyone's staring at their mobile device, and not just to check the GPS. It's even affected concerts; while the musical artist plays a riveting live performance, everyone in the crowd records the same crappy video of that performance - one, by the way, that they will never watch. Satirists predicted we'd become slaves to technology, to which we said, "What? Hold on, gotta reply to this text."
Hip-hop icon and "proud non-reader," Kanye West, recently got called out for using his phone during a Broadway play. On Monday, he attended opening night of The Cher Show, a jukebox musical about the legendary singer's six decades of stardom. But apparently, the show wasn't fabulous enough to hold Yeezy's attention. Actor Jarrod Spector, who plays Cher’s ex-husband and collaborator Sonny Bono, tweeted, "Hey @kanyewest so cool that you’re here at @TheCherShow! If you look up from your cell phone you’ll see we’re doing a show up here. It’s opening night. Kind of a big deal for us. Thanks so much."
Kanye attended The Cher Show with his wife, callipygian reality TV personality Kim Kardashian. Callipygian means "having well-shaped buttocks." Stumbled across that word while re-reading Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. See, this is what you're missing, Kanye! You could be the first rapper to use "callipygian" in a song! It rhymes with so many things, like... um... well... I'm sure you'll figure it out. Ask Lupe Fiasco or something. Anyway, Yeezy replied to Specter's snarky tweet, and apologized for his "lack of etiquette."
"the dynamics of Cher and Sonny’s relationship made Kim and I grab each other’s hand and sing “I got you babe” please pardon my lack of etiquette," the Louis Vuitton Don tweeted. "We have so much appreciation for the energy you guys put into making this master piece."
So, let this incident be a reminder: Don't let your smartphone become a Buddha Box. You miss an incredible sensory experience, that can be stored in the "Camera Roll" of your mind. Also, somebody might shame you on Twitter.