When celebrities die, consumerist opportunism makes itself so nauseatingly apparent that I just want to lock myself in my room and hide from the matrix forever. Don’t you feel like it’s all a conspiracy? Like, there are Instagram underlords buying ad spots for R.I.P. posts on your feed? I might be sounding slightly extreme, but there’s no denying the death of a famous person looks like $$$ to Capricorns and Tauruses (no shade) from all walks of life. Of course, David Bowie’s death was no exception to the rule––actually, it’s only further proof.
Created in 2013, the David Bowie Is exhibit has appeared in museums around the world, and will make its final stop at the Brooklyn Museum next year. While an artistic exhibit is obviously different from a cheap tourist T-shirt or a sponsored Instagram ad, I’m still left wondering if David Bowie would really think this was a good idea. I mean, wouldn’t he have wanted to be memorialized with something even a little cooler than a few display cases and a #BowieLives hashtag? I know I’d rather honor the Star Man’s legacy on an immersive roller coaster, or honestly like, blindfolded in a massage chair. And I think he would have wanted it that way, too.
But if you don’t care about the artist’s wishes and just really need to ensure your 2018 Bowie selfie, tickets start at $35.