Recently, a photo of Grimes has gone viral on Twitter taken by the paparazzi. In the photos, Grimes is casually reading Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto. The irony of her reading the book is that she just recently split from one of the richest men in the world, Elon Musk.
Grimes in Los Angeles today.
Photography by Jvshvisions pic.twitter.com/b2kemGSYhU
— GRIMES CHARTS (@GrimezszCharts) October 2, 2021
The photos, however, are obviously staged. She is in full hair and makeup, wearing a costume that is most likely incredibly expensive. Many believed that the deliberate photoshoot was to announce her separation from not only Musk, but separation from his politics as well. Grimes is also well known for doing stunts to annoy the internet in order for her to be talked about among social media.
taught myself to stop checking if other ppl think I’m socially acceptable a long time ago. Worrying about being cringe is the enemy of art, failure tolerance is essential for creativity. Deciding not to be mad at ppl enjoying life is ok 🤍
— Grimes 🪐 (@Grimezsz) October 3, 2021
When Grimes began her music career, she appeared to be a quirky musician with progressive views. However, when she began dating Elon Musk, many people believed that it was hypocritical of her. As someone who claimed to be anti-establishment, many people felt as if dating a billionaire, and continuing to defend his behavior, was a direct contradiction to her beliefs. After this staged photo shoot, many people began to make memes of the situation.
me listening to oblivion after a long day of making fun of grimes online pic.twitter.com/UuraWgbb9S
— ˗ˏˋ ryn ˎˊ˗ (@onlineryn) October 4, 2021
so proud of grimes for reading the classics pic.twitter.com/qQBrjffjDK
— cas ミ☆ (@campbelIbain) October 4, 2021
However, the other day on Instagram, Grimes took it upon herself to explain that the photoshoot was staged because the paparazzi continued to follow her after her split with Musk. She explains “Full disclosure, I’m still living with E and I am not a communist.”
silicon valley tech bro culture needs to end pic.twitter.com/ySL8HwxzvH
— Bes D. Marx (@besf0rt) October 3, 2021
The Instagram post, made to clear up confusion, made people even more confused. In particular, Grimes comments that she is not a communist, but is instead more interested in “a radical decentralized ubi that I think could potentially be achieved thru crypto and gaming but I haven’t ironed that idea out enough yet to explain it.”
Convinced “Grimes” is actually just extended performance art, and whoever is in charge of it is just waiting for to us notice every time they switch out a new similar-looking person and call them “Grimes”
— Meet Your Heroes Podcast (@YourHeroesPod) October 3, 2021
The explanation ended up confusing people more instead of clearing the air as she originally intended. This continued the memes, as many people made fun of the ideas presented by Grimes in her Instagram caption
so excited for Grimes' political revolution through gaming and crypto pic.twitter.com/hJ60aaAajh
— Elvis (@ElvisTheAlienTV) October 3, 2021