• Tue, Jun 5 2012

Canadian Gay Porn Star Murderer Basically Just A More Bloodthirsty Version Of Kim Kardashian

As you may already know, Canadian adult film performer and alleged murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta was apprehended by the authorities way too close to my Berlin sublet yesterday afternoon. But did you know that in addition to being (probably) a brutal killer, he was also a failed reality TV star?

It’s true. Check out his attempt to get on the now defunct reality TV show Cover Guy back in 2007:

Sure, he comes off vaguely unnerving and dead in the eyes, but how does that make him any different from any aspiring reality TV star ever? You may also note that he gets pretty excited whenever he discusses his fav subject, himself. You can’t say the man doesn’t give good interview:

So candid and gracious! Certainly a better candidate for a TV show than Kim “I want to be famous but only show the boring parts of my life” Kardashian.

During his time as a regular, non-murderous fame whore, Magnotta appeared in various adult films (both gay and straight) and also worked as a stripper and an escort. He’s done a bit of modeling, and according to Encyclopedia Dramatica, he’s long maintained a ton of different online profiles in an attempt to make it look like he has a following. He’s tried several times to create a Wikipedia page for himself, but each attempt has been deleted on the grounds of not being notable enough. So he did what any frustrated fameball would do: he killed a guy and posted a video of it on the internet, then mailed pieces of him to Canadian government officials. He may also have filmed a horrific video of himself killing, and simulating sex acts on, kittens. Just try and ignore that, Wikipedia!

There are obviously a lot of serious issues that drive someone to torture a kitten or murder another person besides “wanting to be famous,” but it’s also clear that Magnotta (born Eric Newman) is at least partially a product of our fame-obsessed culture. If fame is seen as a desirable end in and of itself, does it really matter what one does to get it? Sex tapes, interviews, murder, and so on are all part of the same Warholian package. Did I mention he’d been vanity Googling himself at the internet cafe where he got caught?

Not all reality TV creeps are potential murderers, but there’s a connection here that’s tough to deny. And it’s not just a certain pathological type that wants to be famous, either. More kids are posting photos of themselves on the internet than ever before, and parents are hiring fake paparazzos for their children’s birthday parties. It’s almost weirder to not want attention. Some of this falls within the bounds of healthy behavior, but still: it’s something we all need to keep in check. I think that after I finish work tonight, I’m going to put on my ugliest clothes, crawl deep into my subconscious, and beat down the nasty attention-seeking gremlin that exists in so many of us these days. I suggest you do the same, because that shit is terrifying.

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  • Nancy

    Formally requesting you label a [GOOD!] celebrity with the Canadian title the next time you write about one to balance this out, pleeeeease :) Like Bieber, Rachel MacAdam, Ryan Gosling, Lorne Michaels, Ryan Reynolds, or Nathan Fillion; probably the most likely ones to come up.

  • Kelly

    Well-written article, when I saw that this was on what looked like a celebrity gossip site I was expecting it to suck.

    I especially like and relate to your comment about fame and visibility truly being valued more than human decency. It’s depressing that no matter how ugly it gets, people are still rewarded for being famous no matter what they did to get it

    In too many places where the distribution of information and ideas has so much power, reach and influence is extremely exploitable and people are too willing to do what they can to get a piece of it. Companies want to promote their products and the success of careers ride on being visible, and we’ve built up a skewed system where this sort of fame-whoring (see Kim Kardashian and various celebrities) is not only encouraged, but pays off.

    So now we have this hedious aspect of our society that we’ve cultivated and allowed to prosper. I really wish to be no part of it, but it feels pretty futile when I still have to work within this very system myself, though there are things I don’t ever want to endorse in. Wonder how long that will hold out.