Disgusted Burners slam wealthy ‘sparkle ponies’ who are taking luxury helicopter rides to Burning Man
helicopter company is advertising its fancy private helicopters to Burning Man campers — and many fans of the annual festival aren’t happy about it.
Each year, hippies and artists come together for a week of creative adventure, where everyone can let their freak flags fly free across the Nevada desert. People bring as little as a sleeping bag to as much as a live-in RV. They wander from camp to camp meeting new friends, participating in activities from sexual adventures to live performances and crafting art installations. The collective is set up on a bartering system and people bring as much gear as possible to both survive and create a crowd-pleasing camp. Nudity is encouraged and judgement outlawed.
A glowing, gutted jumbo jet is roaming around Burning Man
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Why the Rich Love Burning Man
Burning Man became a festival that rich libertarians love because it never had a radical critique at its core.
In principle the annual Burning Man festival sounds a bit like a socialist utopia: bring thousands of people to an empty desert to create an alternative society. Ban money and advertisements and make it a gift economy. Encourage members to bring the necessary ingredients of this new world with them, according to their ability.
Introduce “radical inclusion,” “radical self-expression,” and “decommodification” as tenets, and designate the alternative society as a free space, where sex and gender boundaries are fluid and meant to be transgressed.
These ideas — the essence of Burning Man — are certainly appealing.
Yet capitalists also unironically love Burning Man, and to anyone who has followed the recent history of Burning Man, the idea that it is at all anticapitalist seems absurd: last year, a venture capitalist billionaire threw a $16,500-per-head party at the festival, his camp a hyper-exclusive affair replete with wristbands and models flown in to keep the guests company.
Burning Man is earning a reputation as a “networking event” among Silicon Valley techies, and tech magazines now send reporters to cover it. CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Larry Page of Alphabet are foaming fans, along with conservative anti-tax icon Grover Norquist and many writers of the libertarian (and Koch-funded) Reason magazine. Tesla CEO Elon Musk even went so far as to claim that Burning Man “is Silicon Valley.”
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‘Let the burn begin!’ Cara Delevingne and Paris Hilton lead the celebrities heading to Burning Man festival
‘So let the burn begin…’ she captioned the photo.
The women are in the dark but are wearing light up clothes and accessories in the snap.
Paris Hilton, 35, was another celebrity leading the way to the festivities, and sharing the experience with followers on social media.
Paris was heading to the desert festival for the first time, and quickly got into the spirit of the desert event as she rolled around in the dust.
The reality star and DJ snapped a photo of her and her squad as she captioned it: ‘Taking off to #BurningMan #LetsDoThis #DragonflyDen.’
The hotel heiress had her hair styled in multiple braids as she accessorized with a bold red jacket.
Michael S. Trotter
@Mstrotterart 4 minutes ago
Late to the party! As Burning Man gets well and truly underway, organizers hit a snag while erecting the festival’s famous effigy which is left hanging upside down and HEADLESS due to equipment problems
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