The ‘Rockstar of the Year’ according to the Italian Rolling Stone doesn’t play guitar masterfully. It’s not a singer and doesn’t throw from the stage to the public at the end of the show.
This time the recognition for rock attitude was to the founder and director of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, the man who humiliated the United States, revealing the hidden secrets of the embassy.
The magazine said it decided to feature the Australian whistle-blower on its front cover because although he is not a musician, he “is the person who best embodied a rock’n'roll behaviour” during 2010.
“Assange is an icon like Che Guevara on T-shirts or Mao for Andy Warhol. He is the pop leader of the end of diplomacy and imperial security. Assange is the true rock&roll; star of the Three Thousand years,” the magazine wrote in a statement.
The cover shows Assange bare chested in front of a row of TV’s each showing his face and below is the caption: “The Man Who Fell (From The Web) to Earth.”
Rolling Stone said Assange’s decision to publish tens of thousands of leaked US diplomatic cables made him a cross between a James Bond baddy, a Marvel comics superhero and a character from The Matrix films.
The magazine also compared him to David Bowie’s character in the 1976 movie ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth,’ in which Bowie plays a humanoid alien who is sent to Earth to secure water for his dying planet.
It hailed Assange, 39, as “the exterminator of secrets held by the world’s great powers”, describing him as “the pop leader of the end of diplomacy and imperial security”.
In announcing its award Rolling Stone also said that Assange was the ‘Angel of Death for every secret of those in power.’ It added that his strategy was ‘worthy of the best Marvel comics’ and added he was a “platinum villain who endangers the powerful of the planet, passing himself off as cyberpunk.”
Last year Rolling Stone chose Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, as its rock star of the year after he was involved in several sleazy sex scandals with escorts, adding “Rod Stewart, Brian Jones, and Keith Richards in their prime were novices compared to him.”
Earlier Time Magazines’ readers put Julian Assange as the ‘Man of the Year’ for 2010 beating out such dignitaries as: Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, and Mark Zuckerberg.
Assange’s claim to fame is the fact that he had the guts to stand up to the United States government and its foreign policies of war, invasions, corruption and interference in the justice system of foreign countries. The latest releases also include corporate US government malfeasance with American corporations to boost control, gain and profits.
Americans hail Julian Assange as a heroic figure and world wide his legend is growing and so are more Wikileaks that are cloned to prepare for a new industry called “Government Truth Industry.”
Wikileaks has spawned a world wide call for government corruption to be exposed and information of the insider deals that are putting more people into poverty and welfare states from countries that once enjoyed a better standard of living. [via The Telegraph (UK) and Daily Mail (UK)]