Tuesday, November 29, 2005

My Super Sweet Bat Mitzvah

Have you seen this show on MTV? It takes the most rich, spoiled, entitled 15-year-old girls and films them planning their 16th birthday party with all the grace and elegance of Jackie O. herself. There are rich scenes with lines such as, “I’m sixteen and I get what I want,” and “She’s too ugly to come to my party,” and “Everybody has to look at me, it’s my birthday.” Ah yes. It is the stuff of Dickens.

Anyway. I’m not sure what to make of this. It sounds made up.

For his daughter's coming-of-age celebration last weekend, multimillionaire Long Island defense contractor David H. Brooks booked two floors of the Rainbow Room, hauled in concert-ready equipment, built a stage, installed special carpeting, outfitted the space with Jumbotrons and arranged command performances by everyone from 50 Cent to Tom Petty to Aerosmith.

I hear it was garish display of rock 'n' roll idol worship for which the famously irascible CEO of DHB Industries, a Westbury-based manufacturer of bulletproof vests, sent his company jet to retrieve Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from their Saturday gig in Pittsburgh.

The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from. Also on the bill were The Eagles' Don Henley and Joe Walsh performing with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks; DJ AM (Nicole Richie's fiance); rap diva Ciara and, sadly perhaps (except that he received an estimated $250,000 for the job), Kenny G blowing on his soprano sax as more than 300 guests strolled and chatted into their pre-dinner cocktails.

"Hey, that guy looks like Kenny G," a disbelieving grownup was overheard remarking - though the 150 kids in attendance seemed more impressed by their $1,000 gift bags, complete with digital cameras and the latest video iPod.

For his estimated $500,000, I hear that 50 Cent performed only four or five songs - and badly - though he did manage to work in the lyric, "Go shorty, it's your bat miztvah, we gonna party like it's your bat mitzvah."

At one point, I'm told, one of Fitty's beefy bodyguards blocked shots of his boss performing and batted down the kids' cameras, shouting "No pictures! No pictures!" - even preventing Brooks' personal videographers and photographers from capturing 50 Cent's bat-miztvah moment.

"Fitty and his posse smelled like an open bottle of Hennessy," a witness told told me, adding that when the departing rapper prepared to enter his limo in the loading dock, a naked woman was spotted inside.
And so you see the true downside of war profiteering. It’s not our soldiers dying needlessly or our treasury being robbed by unethical, cold-hearted death merchants. It’s that it enables The Bitchening&trade of the next generation of Paris Hiltons. Who’s not proud to be an American today?

1 comment:

emeryroolz said...

Everyone knows 16 year old girls love Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, and Fleetwood Mac.