Cultivating The Virtue Of Modesty In The Face Of Fame

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In “Kanye, that Dame has class,” an editorial featured in the Globe and Mail, Rex Murphy, through addressing the famed rapper Kanye West, attempts to convey to the readers that the corrupt celebrity image prevalent in the media shall not be regarded as normalcy, and then seeks to rectify the readers’ potentially skewed thinking by providing concrete arguments. Murphy lashes out at Kanye West’s flamboyant self-entitlement and praises the contrasting sense of humility demonstrated by Dame Vera Lynn in bygone days. Ultimately, Murphy strives to preach morally correct values that can offer dignity and stand the test of time.
Murphy launches the article with a blatantly critical tone, harshly ...view middle of the document...

Murphy first satirically describes the nature of the talk show and compares Kanye West to Hugh Grant, who was a guest of the show because of his philandering. Fully aware of the impact his comparison has had on the readers, Murphy immediately throws out another piece of evidence of Kanye West’s remorseless cruelty while the negative association of the rapper’s name is still fresh in the readers’ minds. It is clear to the readers that Kanye West displays a serious lack of apologetic attitude when he frivolously jokes about his number on Taylor Swift, nonchalantly trivializing the harm he has done to her. Furthermore, Murphy quotes the rapper whining about “Cry me a vat of Courvoisier,” implying Kanye West’s materialistic, alcoholic lifestyle and further cultivates a negative connotation to the rapper. Together, Murphy has clearly molded a vivid image of Kanye West as a self-absorbed, thoughtless man who cherishes an overwhelming sense of self importance.
Shifting from a grating voice of criticism, Murphy turns his focus to wholeheartedly lauding the successful yet humble singer Dame Vera Lynn in an attempt to educate the readers that, in contrast to Kanye West’s self importance, modesty is a lasting quality that enhances one’s value. Murphy convinces the readers that success does not require self exaltation by giving the example of Dame Vera Lynn, at age 92, topping the U.K. charts and making the “gigantically hyped” Beatles remastered set pale in comparison. While recognizing her talents, Murphy emphatically attributes the singer’s unfading popularity to her character. He provides the readers with a brief background of the role Dame Vera Lynn played during the Second World War and extols her virtues by comparing her to the esteemed Winston Churchill. In...

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