Okay. I've been seeing a lot of crap going around about Justin Bieber's Steampunk Christmas Video, and peripherally, because Macy's in New York decided to do a steampunk Christmas display.
|Shot from Justin Bieber's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" video|
|Part of the Macy's Christmas window in New York|
However, if you're really into steampunk, well, you'll still be into Steampunk despite Bieber. Or Macy's. You're into steampunk because at least some portion of it appeals to you (and it doesn't matter what part). Steampunk entering the mainstream shouldn't scare you off. New people getting involved in steampunk, even just temporarily, as a fad, is not the death knell, people. If it's just as a fad, they'll leave. If they take to it, well, we've got more people! How is either option bad?
Personally, I don't care that Bieber was either intrigued enough, or savvy enough, to do a steampunk video. He's in business to succeed. (And the boy's pretty darn popular, so maybe now I won't have to try explain steampunk to so many people, since he just threw it into the limelight.) And you don't have to like the lad, or what he does. But he hasn't killed steampunk. I'm not a Bieber fan, by any stretch of the imagination, but his video is entertaining, except for the very distracting sporadic cartoon clips that don't fit at all. The dancing is excellent, the costumes are good, and I love the windup dancer. The set is pretty nifty - and how can you not steampunk Santa's workshop? And kudos to Ian Finch-Field of SkinzNHydez for having his armpiece used on the video, because of his quality work. (And I daren't get into what I think of the jealous whiners who kvetched on about the artist "selling out", as it will cause my language to decline radically!) So the music is a pop version of a Christmas tune ... why is that bad, but hardcore industrial music is "approved of" by some unknown entity, for steampunk? So far, no one has managed to reasonably define steampunk MUSIC.
I don't know why so many steampunks are freaking out about this, and seeing the apocalypse in Bieber doing steampunk and the potential movement into mainstream. Though I do suspect it's the same small noisy population you find in all walks of life, that snobbish percentage that has to feel they're unique, because they're part of a unique community who all does the same thing ... really? Think about that for a minute.
I see way too much snobbery in steampunk these days, and it's ticking me off. I've heard steampunks disapprove of how people dress (see previous post), I've even seen steampunks ignore folks because they don't fit their image of steampunk people (NO, you don't have to be young or pretty or slim or some obscure definition of "cool" to be steampunk).
If you're unique, you're unique. I'm not unique because of who I hang out with, or how I dress, or because like making things, or because I'm into steampunk. I just am. The steampunk is just a symptom of how it's all coming out. If other people are getting twigged into the stuff I'm into ... AWESOME! More people to play with. How is this bad?
So come on people. Really. Get over Bieber being steampunk. Get over Macy's Christmas display being steampunk (man I wish I could see that in person instead of just seeing pictures here!) Or, just get out. And leave steampunk to those of us who really enjoy it.