I was reading about paranormal stuff online and I stumbled across
about British singstress Sarah
Brightman planning a trip to space, costing $35M. She wants to be the first professional artist to sing in space.
But not if Lady Gaga beats her to it.
Now, let me pause for a second so you guys can finish with your hilarious jokes about sending spacy Lady Gaga off on a one way trip to space.
Good, alright then:
I read the comments on these articles and several of them talk about how wasteful it is to send people like Brightman or Gaga on a spacetrip. What's
the point, ask the commentators. These people are unable to contribute anything to humanity, their trips are cheap marketing tricks or simple
ego-stroking, signs of a false sense of entitlement, many think. But it's their money, they are paying for it fair and square... it's capitalism,
Fair enough. Personally I had never heard of Brightman and I kind of like Lady Gaga, but I understand that some may think they are overrated. And to
be honest those millions could be put to better use.
But I wondered if gender was part of the reason for the hating on these songbirds, so I looked up articles on two male celebrities who have already
completed their voyages: billionaire super-clown Guy Laliberté (he runs Circue de Soleil) and legendary video game-developer Richard Garriott, both
as clueless when it comes to space science as Brightman and Gaga (well, Garriott is a programmer I guess, that's sort of sciency). Would the masses
be less hard on them simply because they are male, and older? I couldn't be bothered to actually check this, but I sort of suspect it.
Then there is Sir Richard Branson: real life bona-fide knight, adventurer and captain of industry. Arguably he has more cred than any of the others
(technically a Lady ranks higher than a knight in the British nobility, but Gaga is not officially endorsed by the Queen, like Branson is), I think
people would easily accept the idea of him going. But he would be just as useless in space as Lady Gaga or Brightman, honestly. Actually it would be
even more pointless. What is he going to do there, come up with a new business idea? At least an artist like Laliberté could look down on this blue
sphere of ours and be inspired to coreograph even more pretentious acrobatics or something.
So, my question is this: who of these do you think is most worthy of going to space and why?
P.S: Apparently Bransons company
Virgin Galactic offered
(Captain Kirk from Star Trek) a place on one of the planned flights. The aging Shatner refused, to the outrage of millions of
nerds worldwide. But does he have the right to NOT go to space? I just love the idea of an 80+ year old Shatner feebly protesting, shouting and
kicking his legs as he is forcibly strapped down in the cockpit and sent off to boldly go where only french clowns and meat-wearing women have gone