||[Mar. 15th, 2011|11:46 pm]
My stereotypes just got so shattered it feels like someone turned my brain upside down. When one stereotype you hold gets broken, you experience a little "hah! neat." and move along. When three major stereotypes you hold get broken down, you mind swims around in a sort of free fall that lands you on a welcoming cushion of expanded knowledge.|
1. First of all I assumed Matisyahu was black. And caribbean. So the first blow was finding out that this character was more similar to me than I'd realized (white and jewish). This knowledge drop ended with the pleasure you feel from finding out someone is actually a little bit like you.
2. Then he turns out to be a Jewish guy who's into black culture (namely reggae). This combination is and always has been an entertaining (and usually failing). Think Andy Samberg in "Are you there Jah? It's me, Rasta Trent". those guys are always laughably white and incompetent at creating anything quality out of the black cultural elements they steal. But Matis ACTUALLY makes awesome music. He has succeeded in making me think he's black, despite being of the whitest subtype of whites.
3. Then (get this) he's hasidic. Hasids listen to music? And it's hip-hop/reggae/GLITCH-STEP?? AND they MAKE this music? And it's good?? Basically everything I thought I knew about Hasids has been scrambled with a whisk, on a tilt-a-whirl, in a wood chipper.
(I literally thought, "omg, he's actually Hasidic" upon seeing this picture.)
4. He pulls off Hasidic-appropriate hipster attire. (If you've ever seen hasidic families in Brooklyn, you'll know this is not the norm. Who knew the orthodox were allowed to look so friggin' dapper?)
Basically, when you come across something you like the sound or look or feel of, and then find out that the creator behind is someone you never thought you'd like, you're forced to question your subconscious and your beliefs. You can find ways to avoid questioning yourself and rearranging your beliefs, or you can embrace it and thank the universe for enlightening you and expanding the associations you have between things. Every time those associations get expanded in your mind, you'll feel that pleasure of being stretched and humbled and one step closer to understanding the world.