Tim Lieder (marlowe1) wrote,

Sean Aiken - White Guy, Lecturer, Privileged Douchebag

When I checked out One Week Job from the library, I thought it'd be a mildly entertaining reality show with pretensions to documentary realism - basically a variation on the Spurlock formula (which I still like but I can see why people don't) - and instead I got a smug white dude with dreadlocks repeating a sermon over and over again. And of course, that sermon is the variation on the "Follow your Bliss" bullshit that privileged people just LOVE and can't stop eating. Even if they are turned off by Eat, Pray, Love, they are still going to read shit like The Alchemist and The Secret.

Best let Dave Chappelle talk about The Secret -

Anyhow, Sean Aiken DOES do a project where he gets a job every week, with his parents paying for it first and then he gets sponsorship. And of course, all of those employers are agreeing to let this little shitbag work for them for a week in order to get the publicity that comes from the project. So he can then give all the wages to charity! The first problem is the fact that he NEVER TALKS ABOUT THE FUCKING JOBS! Oh sure, he says "this week I'm the safety guy at a bungee jumper company" and "I'm doing a week as a radio host and here I am on the radio being interviewed by the guy who gets stuck with me instead of his regular co-host."

But nowhere in the Informercial (I am not even going to call it a documentary in sarcastic quotes) does this asshole acknowledge that some people work because they have to work. His dad feels regret from working in an office all of his life, but his dad would feel even more regret if he wasn't working in that office and the whole clan lost the house and Sean Aiken didn't get to go on his great adventure. Instead, Sean looks upon every job as a new opportunity to find his personal bliss and his audience of upper class shitheads can live vicariously through him and his ME ME ME lifestyle.

In the place of actually talking about the work (where he is displacing temp workers and other people who are taking the week off or whatever) he talks about HIS personal journey. He met a girl in one town and she had the same talent for making superficial self-obsession sound deep so he fell in LOVE. He asked his friend to come along and go all over with him. His friend said that he didn't know if he should because he had just gotten married. The scene moves to his wife saying something about not liking it, but then going on about how this dude and Sean played PING PONG together. So yeah, go ahead, leave your new bride to go off with your douchebag friend with dreadlocks. You played PING PONG together. That's totally better than building a life and getting laid.

Of course, the rest of the movie is just Sean Aiken repeating the same shit over and over again about how you must follow your dreams. This is totally awesome as long as you have very indulgent parents and your own private bank account. Hell, Sean Aiken is even giving TED Talks about it. So at least he knows his audience.
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