Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rose McGowan: "You know they’re all lying. None of these bitches meditate."

A few more stories have filtered out about David Lynch's "Change Begins Within" benefit gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art this past Monday night. From the gossip columns of New York Magazine and the New York Daily News come these candid disclosures by actress Rose McGowan:
[I] asked her if she practices the Lynch Foundation–sponsored practice of Transcendental Meditation. "Should I lie to you?" McGowan asked us with a smile. "You know they’re all lying. None of these bitches meditate. Are you kidding me? This is fucking Hollywood; we put on lipstick. That’s what we do. It’s a fact." So if you did meditate, what kind of stressful events would trigger a session? "This kind of thing, really. I don’t do drugs and I don’t drink to get through it like most other people. Not only are these people lying about meditating, they’re all drunks and alcoholics. And drug addicts." - "Party Lines," New York Magazine, December 15, 2010
Things got a little weird at the Change Begins Within benefit on Monday at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, but what do you expect when it's hosted by the pro-Transcendental Meditation David Lynch Foundation?

One guest who wasn't exactly buying the "Blue Velvet" director's affinity for TM was actress Rose McGowan. "I don't meditate for sh—," the hellacious hottie told us on the red carpet, adding that "most of the others" on the rug who would claim they did meditate are "probably lying and drunk." - "Gatecrasher," New York Daily News, December 15, 2010
Interesting tidbit: Reportedly, Rose's parents were in the Children of God "cult," today known as The Family International, in the mid-1970's.

As I suggested earlier, you can't assume that anyone in the audience at David Lynch's TM-promotional events has the slightest clue about what he's talking about, much less actually be practicing TM or having any knowledge of the TM organization's history of unsupportable claims and high weirdness. They may be there for any number of other personal reasons having nothing to do with TM, including the career absolute necessities of keeping one's name out there and networking with others in the industry. Since Lynch has no control over what the celebrity audience says to reporters, he's successfully managed to trivialize the product, advertised its shortcomings, cast doubt on it (does anybody really meditate this way?), and gotten it confused with just casually closing one's eyes, as with this quote from actress Lara Harring in the New York Magazine column (see her picture caption in the slideshow):
Do you meditate? “I learned it from David [Lynch] at the Cannes Film Festival when I was very nervous at a dinner. He said, ‘Lara, close your eyes for five minutes.’ He made me close my eyes, and in five minutes I felt fresh.”
David Lynch is not known to be a TM teacher; it appears, from the testimonials of a few recent inductees into TM, that a number of high-profile meditators, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, were initiated by Bob Roth.

Meanwhile, Tom Chivers, film columnist for The Telegraph (UK), summed it all up in a title: "David Lynch and Russell Brand hawk meditation for traumatised veterans: is that really wise?"
But what they recommend is not visiting a psychiatrist, but the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi or one of his disciples. Because Lynch, Brand and Eastwood are pushing transcendental mediation (TM). ...  it should be a trained professional who recommends meditation instead of, say, anti-depressants or cognitive behavioural therapy, not a levitating Yogi or the director of Mulholland Drive. So while I’m happy to see Lynch et al encourage veterans to seek treatment, maybe they could leave the more specific prescriptions to the medics.
It's worth mentioning again that most of the medical professionals the TM movement trots out in public these days to endorse its programs have been connected with the TM movement for decades, and they all seem to share the late '60's - early '70's TM initiation date time frame during the peak of TM's pop-culture popularity, as I wrote about last week. Generally, it's only the devoted, long-time followers of Maharishi who offer up completely unqualified endorsements of TM's validity as a panacea for anything that ails you.


John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

A monthly dose of ADHD medication comes from around $ 30 up to $ 150. With 10 Million US-school-children on ADHD that makes $ 300 Million a month and $ 3.6 Billion a year. For that money it pays engaging a few guys to run public awareness campaigns – some the concoctions offered on this blog surely point into such a direction -

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Yes, I'm aware that comment posting seems to have an intermittent problem with the system not responding to the 'post' button. I'm working toward clearing up this and a few other minor issues in the next few weeks, including the fact that everybody else's comments are showing with my icon next to them.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

While all this might be obvious to you, and to me, and to those who're familiar with how all this works, there are many who don't see it that way at all. Informing those who're new to this or otherwise have no idea what's going on is just part of the territory here.

As for people not really meditating, there are often really two things going on in and around the TMO: the practice of meditation, which might actually be widely different from person to person (where some just have an excuse/permission to take a nap), and the social dynamics centered around a shared secret, practice or custom.

With the DLF events, these elements collide. You have a social custom (the gala) centered around an alleged practice (meditation) but other aspects of the social custom (industry schmoozing and getting in front of cameras) overshadow the practice which almost moots what Lynch says he's trying to do. That can be rather fascinating to watch, particularly when somebody like Rose comes along and pulls the covers off the whole thing and calls it for what it is.

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