“Jesus can’t save you/Life starts where the church ends,” rhymes Jay-Z in his hit single “Empire State of Mind.” A friend of mine took offense to this lyric, saying it promotes Satanism and leads people against Christianity. Others say these lines emphasize his affiliation with Freemasonry or the Illuminati. If you ask me, it’s just another line in a song that can be interpreted in a hundred different ways.
Public figures don’t make money by keeping their names out of the press. In fact, they actually lose status by doing so. Staying on our minds keeps celebrities in the media.
Speculation about Jay-Z’s status in secret societies that may or may not be real keeps some listening to his music for clues while others say it’s the Illuminati that keeps people listening to Jay-Z.
The same goes for Lady Gaga. The Vigilant Citizen, a website devoted to revealing “occult symbols and hidden meanings in famous landmarks, songs and movies,” claims her wacky fashion choices stand for more than just art — especially in her “Telephone” video with Beyoncé (who, according to believers, is also in the Illuminati).
The Citizen observes: “The hiding of one eye and the ‘a-ok’ sign (which seemingly means 666 in the music industry) are flashed by all Illuminati artists, apparently to show their allegiance. There are a truckload of them in this video.”
Documentaries and YouTube videos do little to convince me that the real reasons for the images we see and the lyrics we hear are to do with a New World Order. The more we scour YouTube and the Internet in search of hidden meanings and motives in a work of art, the more we feed that artist’s reputation.
These urban legends are another kind of publicity to keep us searching the Internet for more info on these people, and celebrities are nothing if they’re not on our minds.
Just a thought…
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