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    The New YorkerNaomi Fry6/3/197 min
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    • Ric2 years ago

      Never has there been someone so Christ-like in the oversaturated lense of celebrity worship. I think the humanity and simplicity of our bud Keanu really just calls attention to how much of self important, ego-maniacs 99% of celebrities that we track actually are.

      Maybe Keanu simply “doesn’t suck”?

      I personally think every moment has a prophet and maybe Keanu is our teacher in this particular spell of intellectual degradation. It would make sense to have an enlightened airhead be our savior given the current climate of things.

      I can’t help but find him to be a strikingly beautiful and elevated human. For whatever reason, Thinking about Keanu’s purity soothes my mind.

      • turtlebubble
        Scout
        2 years ago

        100 100 100 — really well put ❤️

        • bill
          Top reader of all timeScout
          2 years ago

          turtlebubble - After we saw The Matrix, we were standing in the Seacourt theater lobby, near the video games and snack stands, and I'm 90% sure it was still totally light outside - totally disorienting, especially after a movie as long and dark as The Matrix. You said, "WE'RE living in the Matrix," and I remember thinking that that was one of the craziest, scariest, nuttiest things I've ever heard in my life. You basically summed the whole thing up in a perfectly freaky way. I just remember looking around and everything, everywhere, was Matrix. I'm STILL freaked about it. I just did the math - I was 11. So you were - 10? or 9?

          • turtlebubble
            Scout
            2 years ago

            Wow what a great memory!!! That movie theater was probably my favorite place on earth then. One of the first places we could get dropped off as kids and left alone. Babysat by the screen I guess. And the Simpsons game and Cruisin USA were just the perfect two modes of play for a pre or post movie time kill. I loved the Matrix so much for so many reasons and wouldn’t have remembered saying that but now that I hear it it totally rings true. My mom has accounted that as young as 5 or 6 I used to ask her how we know ‘any of this is real?’ I think I felt vindicated by the matrix.

            • Pegeen
              Reading streakScoutScribe
              2 years ago

              I LOVE these conversations! Now I HAVE to revisit The Matrix! There is currently a book called Playing The Matrix by Mike Dooley. It’s all about living deliberately and creating consciously. I took his on-line certification course called Infinite Possibilities and this is Quantum Physics at it’s best! I will never forget the event you are referring to. You had just came out of the tub and I was drying you off. You were only 3. And you turned to me, and you waved your little arm in a big arc, taking in the entire scope of the bathroom and you declared, “none of this is real.” I knew that children were the closest to KNOWING, and it resonated deeply within me as Truth, and I said, “You are right, it is not real.” We have both been validated by many things throughout our lives to confirm this. Soon, this will be taught in schools!

      • joanne2 years ago

        I agree with your assessment of just knowing how to be human elevates celebrities into some kind of prophet status. I haven’t seen any of his films since Point Break which was almost unbearable to sit through. Maybe I’ll try his recent rom com.

    • Jim2 years ago

      I could never figure this guy out. Now I know why, there is nothing to figure out, he is just a good guy.

    • Pegeen
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      2 years ago

      Really?

      • jeff
        ScoutScribe
        2 years ago

        This is such a perfect question and it cracked me up as soon as I read it. I think part of the reason I found it so funny is because I don't know the answer. The title of this article didn't surprise me at all when I first saw it nor did the content. I already knew most of the Keanu lore but never really gave much thought as to how tongue-in-cheek people's publicly professed obsession with him was.

        The Sad Keanu memes were great and he seems like a pretty decent guy. I guess it's a nice thing to celebrate people who are kind and humble but it seems like the over-the-top fawning and infatuation is exactly the kind of thing that Keanu wouldn't want.

        • Pegeen
          Reading streakScoutScribe
          2 years ago

          I’m sure Keanu deserves props for keeping his head on straight in such a plastic fantastic environment as Hollywood but what disturbed me the most was the author Naomi Fry! To compare Keanu’s response to Colbert’s question about what happens when we die to a Buddhist Koan, well that put me over the edge! She obviously never attempted the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu! AND, that his reply was re-tweeted more than a hundred thousand times - I found that kind of depressing! Being famous must suck on many levels, this being one of them!

        • bill
          Top reader of all timeScout
          2 years ago

          Yup, yup. I love how casually we all just call him Keanu.