a few weeks ago, jenn and i watched a documentary called ‘the queen of versailles.’ it was a good documentary, but it was disturbing.
it follows the super rich family of jackie and david siegel and their children as they struggle to maintain their lavish lifestyle during the most recent US financial crisis in 2008.
it’s really illuminating as to how out of touch with reality and gross jackie and david are. some of the stupid things they say sound like soundbites they came up with specifically for this movie, like they were really playing into the reality tv aspect of the film. i thought, “no one is that stupid or arrogant.” but it appears they really are. there is no irony in any of the giant paintings which depict the muffin-topped, 70-something david siegel as a muscular warrior.
throughout the film, you can see dog shit on the floor in the house. it wasn’t a once-off event, it happened lots. audiences reacted with horror but the siegels claimed a dog was sick once and the footage was spread throughout the film to make them look bad. that’s obviously bullshit though, just keep your eyes open for turds if you watch it. they’re omnipresent.
jackie is an aging beauty pageant queen, and she is clinging to that past in the most desperate, sickening ways. you can see it in the pic at the top of this post. she would look more natural in front of a mobile home park than a mansion, except most folks in mobile homes probably couldn’t afford her grotesque fake tits that she paid way too much for considering how awful they look. they’re actually pretty demure in that pic compared to the rest of the film but rest assured, they’re comical.
right from the start of the film, i thought “this family looks like your average wal-mart shoppers — gross, white trash. they just have limos and mansions.” then near the end of the film, the family went shopping at wal-mart and what do you know, they fit right in and even seemed to enjoy being there. it really confirmed to me that the only thing different between these rich pieces of shit and all the other poor and middle class pieces of shit in the world is the amount of money in their bank accounts. at their cores, they’re all the same physically revolting, empty-headed, resource-devouring cows.
so anyone who wants to have their faith in humanity violently shaken, check the film out. it’s not a good feeling but it’s a good film.
as an interesting side note, the financially troubled siegel family attempted to sue the filmmakers for defamation. the case was called ‘incredible’ and ‘bizarre’ by the judge before it was thrown out. the siegels were ordered to pay for the filmmaker’s legal fees.