The Nebo kids win again

Some have already pointed out Hypocrisy From gleefully plotting to nepotism among celebrities, Twitter: “this is [article] Great. Now someone is doing one for journalists.” Direct parent-to-child nepotism plagues a lot of industries, including this one (as succinctly reported by New York Magazine). But it’s worth checking out the subtle gradations of nepotism.

Sometimes hiring practices become favoritism because they are effective. In James Leadbeater’s 1995 report “The Unbearable Whiteness of Publishing,” a former book editor at WW Norton wrote about the ease of being an editorial assistant: They come from a network of agents, writers, and academics. … It’s not really an open process. It’s not consciously closed, but it doesn’t seem like it should open.” The beneficiaries of this closed system aren’t exactly novice kids—they’re neither famous nor their parents—but they reap the rewards of a parallel kind of privilege. They know someone who knows someone. On the path of least resistance, They are taken care of first.

Or take old admissions students, who have comfortable requirements to gain entry to their parents’ universities. It’s a category that definitely overlaps with newborns, as in Olivia Jade’s amazing train wreck, daughter Full houseLori Loughlin and the face of the 2019 Varsity Blues scandal, in which it was revealed that rich and famous families bought their children’s admissions to elite universities. But the whole higher education pipeline, where kids are fast-tracked from expensive private schools to branded liberal arts colleges to corporate jobs with six-figure salaries for permit deductions they Admission of children is its own closed system. It marks the same family strains over and over again. The other side of that coin is the school-to-prison pipeline, in which under-resourced public schools discipline students through an escalating series of zero-tolerance practices that begin with suspensions and expulsions and often lead to juvenile detention, grooming children . with early criminal records that impede employment and housing opportunities when they become adults.

As for the motive for drawing small nepo family trees, it mainly asks us to bring up the issue of reparations. As we trace Dakota Johnson’s fame back to her grandmother, movie star Tippi Hedren, it becomes impossible not to ask: If privilege is hereditary, isn’t oppression too? What if your grandmother wasn’t a Golden Globe-winning actress and model in the 1960s, but a civil rights activist who was jailed for time spent protesting? What if prison is the legacy that America wants to impose on you?

The discourse of Nebo’s child obscures the very injustice he represents because it seems absurd to spend so much time thinking about him. Even New York Magazine calls its in-depth rating “absurdly detailed” and “a little muddled.” But beyond the blatant nepotism of celebrities is a larger, murkier domain of privilege, the fishnet we all stumble upon inside. If all we do with revealing nepotism is talk about things we like or don’t like, the new kids win again. We get stuck talking about their star power, their entitlement, their defense, and what they do or don’t deserve. We decided that they are the most important part of this story.

But the new children are the shiny tip of the iceberg of class criticism. Their franchise spectrum, carefully charted by New York Magazine, is very small. If you keep expanding outward, and map out the perks granted to some rich people because of who their parents know or what they do, you’ll stumble upon a much larger plot: there are no perks in Hollywood or anywhere else. Every industry and enterprise is contaminated by the intergenerational wealth feedback loop. We can let this latest celeb altercation shine by itself, or we can choose to punch it up, challenging ourselves to face the moment with a deeper reckoning about how power works all around. ●


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