• Thu, Apr 26 2012

Dear Coachella, TLC And Everyone: Please Stop Bringing Dead People Back Via Hologram

Following the success of Tupac Shakur‘s appearance from beyond the grave at Coachella and the subsequent announcement of 2013′s all hologram line-up, it looks like 90′s R&B/hiphop act TLC might jump on the hologram train as well. As you may know, yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary of the day TLC lost its “L”, and the remaining members of the group are now saying they might “resurrect” Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes for their upcoming reunion tour. I put “resurrect” in scare quotes because modern science has yet to figure out how to actually resurrect a dead person. AS WELL IT SHOULDN’T.

It’s not yet known what kind of technology they’ll use to “resurrect” Left Eye, but according to Tionne “T-Boz” Watkinstwitter account, they’re going to use the best tech they’ve got the budget for. Which could maybe, possibly, probably, include holograms. To which I ask: is this really a healthy way to remember your dead friend? Stop it. Stop it right now. You’ll thank me later.

The thing about these newfangled holograms is this: they fall victim to the “uncanny valley” theory whereby the closer a human replica comes to seeming like a human without actually being one, the more they creep us the fuck out. Add in the fact that it’s a hologram of a dead person, and you have a whole extra layer of wrongness. Would you drag your dead friend’s corpse around the stage on puppet strings and try to make her perform with you? No, that would be psychotic. So why do a high tech version of that?

I have no problem with remembering the dead. Do a tribute, show archival footage, let everyone in the audience cry and cry. But there’s a difference between honoring someone’s memory, and trying to pretend like she’s still there. She did enough performing in life. Now, it’s time to let her be dead and move on.

(Via MTV News)

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  • Maggie

    I totally agree! To me it seems like a weird, sadistic money grab. It was painful enough when all these musicians died, so why revisit everything?

  • Jessie

    RIGHT?!!?! I was beginning to think I was the ONLY person who thinks this is a little, like, perverse. It weird me out, big time. I thought it was cool and tasteful when Janet danced and sang “with” Michael at his tribute at the VMA’s. It was a short poignant moment with the video screen. Unless you they are backing up JEM there is no need for a Hologram to be on stage, in my opinion.

  • marco

    Not to play devils advocate but all a hologram is is a 3d projection of a previous performance. That’s no different than say Heath Ledgers performance as the Joker being released on Imax after his death. Or watching Humphrey bogart in Casablanca on DVD. It is not some spooky attempt to use magic mojo to raise the dead. It’s just new technology…