Berlinale Tangents: The Military Entertainment Complex Unveiled…

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R.i.P. Shirley Temple Black – 1928-2014.

Perhaps a name for a new cocktail in Washington D.C. ?!?

Interesting to read what happens to super-cute child celebrities put through the military entertainment complex machine ! … From sweet innocence to the homemaker wife of a Navy intelligence officer Charles Alden Black ( son of the president and later chairman of Pacific Gas and Electric, James B. Black, one of the wealthiest families in California ).

She later became a conservative REPUBLICAN politician+diplomat appointed to ambassador positions by Nixon, Ford, Carter and G.Bush1 , and # of board positions inclu. Disney, Del Monte, and Bank of America, … talk about loss of innocence !

Mrs. Black served as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States.

And today, we discovered Wikileaks having a little ‘fun’, and some seriously depressing truth-sharing re: Shirley – a life in cables…

Here’s one from good ol ‘ Henry Kissinger to Shirley: (WL – SECRETARY’S VISIT TO GHANA – Date: 1976 May 3, 07:45 (Monday)

“… 4. I LOVE YOU AND HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN YOU. I’M CONSIDERING HAVING YOU SWORN INTO A NEW JOB EVERY THREE MONTHS SO I CAN KISS YOU. KISSINGER  [ Secret ]

“The tentacles of power reaching under the skirt of Hollywood is funnier – and more depressing – than any sleazbag exploitation flik you could possibly imagine… ” Xlt analyst

Added: The irony of all the tributes w/o analyzing further was not lost on Davey D’ Cook, who writes some of the best bits on current race relations + situations in the U.S. – outta Oakland – wrote this:

” RIP Shirley Temple.. She captured the hearts of millions of Americans as a child hood star-who went on to become the US ambassador to Ghana..She dominated the silver screen when America was GREAT, had strong values and set an uncompromised example of how to be a beacon for democracy… http://bit.ly/1gpvN4a

Check the clip, which features a pretty wretched examples of blackface representations of African Americans… w/ pre-diplomat-days of sweet INSTRUMENTALIZED Shirley.

“… somehow in all the coverage folks have forgotten that these movies were pretty routine and demoralizing for my parents who were subjected to them..Interesting news reports dont talk about this even in the context of how she ‘evolved’ over the years… ” Davey D.

And a funny additional anecdote from one of Davey’s readers:

“Artist Salvador DalĂ­ lampooned her image in a painting where her face was depicted at the center of an evil octopus meant to represent the vile US monster of a country.”

Which might be referring to this, or some other work:

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If you find another Dali work, let us know :)

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