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SusanSontag`s "Notes On Camp" In Relation To The TV SeriesEntourage
Anentourage is globally defined as a group of people surrounding animportant person. Normally, an entourage serves the purpose of doingwhatever their boss asks of them, with the ultimate intent of keepinghim or her safe, happy and comfortable. An average entourage evengoes as far beyond their beliefs in order to do whatever is asked forof their boss, sort of like a slave. However, in the intriguing andincreasingly famous series, Entourage, when a suddenly risen filmstar, Vince Chase, becomes famous from a TV commercial, he is forcedto jump into the life of a movie star very quickly. Vince immediatelybegins to learn the ins and outs of the business and the high-profileworld of the wealthy happy few in and around Hollywood, just likemany movie stars in their past careers. However, the only differencebetween Vince and other movie stars is that Vince pertains to amuch-solidified motto in life, and seemingly never breaks it once inthe show to be honest, loyal, and fair to everyone around him,especially his entourage of friends. Over the course of the series,Vince and his entourage progress from kids of Queens, to actors andproducers, while chasing the funding, agency, and support to make thebest possible movie for Vincent and turn him into a fully fledgedHollywood star.
Entourageis a Home Box Office show, about a humble man named Vince Chase, whois inspired in real life by the show`s director, Mark Wahlberg.Throughout the show, Vince is seemingly never alone. He brings hisunique entourage from his native city New York in order to keep hiscompany and help manage his road to superstardom. What is so uniqueabout his entourage is that these four best friends are inspired byVince’s modesty and kindness to not be caught up in the lavishlifestyle. Rather, they constantly strive to stick together as theclosest circle of friends since childhood that one can possibly find,while pursuing Hollywood stardom and greatness. One example of howVince installs the humble and grateful mentality into his entourageof best friends is his constant use of the quote states: "I camefrom nothing, and as much as I like the toys, I really do not needthem” (Gutenberg, 2016, p.n.d). This clearly shows what kind ofperson Vince’s character is, as he continuously proves it not onlywith these words but also with his actions.
Oneunique tactic that the creators and producers of Entourage have donethroughout the show is their constant use of real-life celebrities.In order to lend both credence and likeability to the show`ssituations and locations, most episodes of Entourage feature at leastone celebrity guest star, appearing as them. Due to the show beingabout celebrities and how they live their lives, the show has reallife celebrities in order to give the viewer the feeling that he orshe is actually watching what real celebrities do on a daily basis.In addition, the show gains a ton of credibility and fame for addingas many celebrities to the show as possible. Some major celebritynames who have been on the show in the past include Pharrell, LiamNeeson, Jessica Alba, Warren Buffet, Mark Cuban, LeBron James, andmany more of the world’s most famous celebrities. In all, the hitHBO series, Entourage, is about a crew of friends led by VincentChase that portray the true values and importance of an unbreakablefriendship. While the name of the show means one thing, the truemeaning, theme and purpose of the show is the total opposite. Ratherthan an informal group or band of people who are closely associatedwith a famous, notorious, or otherwise notable individual, Entourageis about a young movie star’s road to success with his childhoodbest friend, as they navigate the unfamiliar terrains of Hollywood,Los Angeles. This paper discusses Susan Sontag`s "Notes on camp"in relation to the TV series Entourage and an argument for itsconcept as Camp.
ConceptOf Camp And Entourage Friendship Element
The friendship attribute conveys the camp definition as theglorification of character and relationship to promote unity. Here,the dominant factor is the male audience and they can simply link thedeep bonding between characters without any trouble. Vince alwayspays attention to their friend’s need that indicates the camp ideathat the glorification of Vince character is based on themoney-oriented version of friendship, irrespective of the view howcareless and insignificant they may be. In episode 2 of season 3,after the premieres of Vinny`s movie and the earning of $116 million,he has the capacity to spend money on the necessity of his friend. Hepurchases expensive and brand new motorcycles for Eric, Turtle, andDrama by saying “A quarterback always takes care of his offensivelinemen” (Rosenberg, 2012, p.n.d). Furthermore, He purchases $1200pajamas for Turtle and invited the friend group at the place ofPlayboy Mansion in episode 3 of season 2. He proposes to buy the calfat the cost of $10,000 for Johnny in episode 2 of season 5. Vinceshows the true friendship element by his enthusiasm to financiallysupport his friends and fulfill their desires. He says to Johnny,“this is insane, but you know I always say yes to you”(Rosenberg, 2012, p.n.d).
Forexample, when interview by a TMZ reporter, series creator, DougEllin, stated, "Entourage is loved by so many young people outthere solely because it`s about male friendship.” (Rosenberg, 2014,p.n.d). In the same interview, he later added "Ultimately, theshow`s theme is friendship and family. Although the characters mayhave the bling and flashy Hollywood lifestyle, they are all deeplyrooted and grounded people who look out for each other and care forone another equally. That is the true backbone of the show. If it wasjust about fantasy lifestyles, it wouldn`t be relatable, andultimately wouldn’t be as likable” (Rosenberg, 2014, p.n.d). Bycreating such a relatable show, young people around the world beganto love this show. Furthermore, form massive groups of friends thatwould always come together Sunday nights to watch Entourage.Throughout the series, almost all episodes of the show focus, besideson their lifestyle in Hollywood, on the friendship between the fourmain characters. Another intriguing quote given by one of the show’smain actors, Jeremy Piven is taken by TMZ. In the show, Piven plays aperson named Ari Gold, who is Vince’s movie agent. In his interviewon the show, Piven says, "If it was just a show about wishfulfillment and guys getting (sex) because their best friend wasfamous, it wouldn`t be that interesting” (Rodman, 2012, pp.95-121). Clearly, the show creator and actors are able to magnify this showas a show that seeks to be immensely entertaining, while maintainingas much reliability to the viewers’ lives and friendships aspossible.
TheConcept Of Camp And Entourage Concept Of “We Ride Together. We DieTogether”
Theconcept of loyalty and honesty is the central theme of Entourage. Thecharacters of Entourage convey the camp idea to show extraordinaryand perform more than expectations. Here extraordinary does not implyin the sense of effort rather being extraordinary to appear assignificant, noticeable and glamorous. This camp idea appears whenall four friends Turtle, Drama, Ari and Eric were at the same placewhen Vince enjoyed the celebration of his first box office movie atthe high school. The friends were present to handle him and they wereworking on his cocaine addiction. This solid loyalty is morereflected by his friend Johnny Drama who gives an evidence ofstrongly bound through protecting him. In episode 9 of season 3, whensome strange person teases Eric’s girlfriend, Drama fights bypunching him on a face and put his self-image in danger in front ofpublic. In episode 10 of season 7, when Vinny takes the high dose ofcocaine and starts to make fun of himself at the Hollywood party thenJohnny Drama comes forward and emphasizes him to leave the party.Although, it is completely Vince fault it can be said Johnny alwaystries to pamper his friend. During the fighting, drama faces beat upand pushed by the stars of NBA. Still, Johnny Drama shouts “Vince,”shows he is more concerned about his friends as compared to himself.At the end of the fighting incident, Johnny is waiting for the Vinceinside the hospital and never argues with him regarding his injuries.The character of Johnny Drama is the great combination of friendshipand loyalty.
Conceptof Camp And Entourage Class Mobility
Theconcept of rags to riches is related to the theme of class mobility.According to the quote of Susan Sontag (1964), “Camp sensitivity isa certain mode of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world asan aesthetic phenomenon. It is not in terms of beauty, but in termsof the degree of artifice, of stylization. It is decorative art,which favors “style at the expense of content, a concept emphasizedseveral times to conclude that Camp is the consistently aestheticexperience of the world. It incarnates a victory of “style” over“content,” “aesthetics” over “morality,” of irony overtragedy” (Sontag, 1964, 53-65). As men love to observe the other,men that can be easily directed theme towards accomplishment.Entourage represents the illusion scenario of having Americanlifestyle dream and telling that dream with the companions. Although,Vince Chase, brought up by his single mother in poor lifestyle. Thiscamp idea occurs in the starting when all the friends are financiallydepending on the money of Vince for food, clothing, andaccommodation. However, the gradual increment in the financial statusof friends is somewhat related to the success of Vince. In episode 3of season 3, when the group comes from the late night party, someonemesses up into the house. Turtle shouts and emphasizes him to stay inthe car by saying: “if something happens to him, we’re allfucked,”. This indicating how much Vince is significant for them.Each friend attempts to perform low category jobs instead of focusinga good job. Such as Johnny works as a cook, Eric works as a scriptreader, Turtle works as the Vince driver. Hence, the life of eachindividual friend circulates around the lifestyle and career ofVince.
ConceptOf Camp And Entourage Concept Of Gaining Independence
Thegaining independency concept is based on the camp idea that theresponsiveness of high-class culture possesses an absence ofdomination upon improvement. Here, camps definition asserts the ideathat it is not always true that good taste always remains good tasteeven the good taste of bad taste also exists. Although, thisdiscovery is extremely therapeutic. By the support of Vince, all thefriends are able to enjoy success and flourish. Johnny Dramacharacter appears as the shining TV star and smoothly run his stardomcareer. At the ending of Entourage, he plays a role of Johnny’sBananas, financed the animated TV show and comes under the spotlightof the movie. Eric first obtains the designation of “Pizza deliveryManager” in Queens and then promotes as the co-owner of the mostthriving company the “Murphy Lavin Group,” after which he madehis name as the business sponsor of Hollywood movie. Lastly, Turtlecharacter transforms in the biggest way. Although, Turtle oftencriticizes as the laziest person in the early episodes, butultimately in season 6, he turns toward school keep the vision ofinitiating his business. In the beginning of the seventh season,Turtle appears as the owner of the limo service unfortunately, itdoes not make progress but he learns to create a valuable andmeaningful business association. Finally, at the end of the season,he appears as the supporter of Avion Tequila and makes an investmentof money and time in his new corporate. Fortunately, he hits jackpot,as the company makes extraordinary progress and Turtle becomesmulti-millionaire. And the shows split end, the group of friends thatrely on Vince finance, all appears as the paramount of theirindividual efforts and accomplished their goals.
Inconclusion, the analysis of Entourage using the Susan Sontag`s Noteson camp model, the audiences can utilize the evidence related to thecurrent ideological problems that can expectedly occur during onairing of the show. The concept of camp is used in the theme offriendship, loyalty and class mobility. That indicates the truefriendship enormously significant and applicable to the real world.Furthermore, the weak point of the camp concept is also reflected asthe society measuring criteria of friendship is based on money. Inthe end, the camp concept of sensibility indicates that the effortsto achieve the American dream and the differences of class mobilityare achievable irrespective of age, position, or place.It motivatesthe camp concept to perform some extraordinary in the perspective ofglamour. Similarly, the audience entertained by the camp view oftransforming from rags to riches. This paper has compared threecrucial ideology of Susan Sontag “Notes on Camp” and Entourage”to build up the strong relationship with the male viewers and tryingto make it paramount guys Home Box Office show.
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