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Diplo Wins Burning Man ‘Douchebag of the Year’ Award

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We hope all of you artists, freaks, friends, crafters, rangers, dancers, and newbies all had a great burn this year!  Burning Man is a great place for art, community, music, gifting, hedonism, self-expression, self-discovery, and self-reliance.  Founded by a community who wanted an environment “unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising”, which is why we are awarding the Burning Man Douche Bag of the Year to DJ Diplo, for using the festival for corporate advertising!  Diplo & Popeyes’ chicken teamed up this year to use Burning Man to market fast food.  Thanks for the awesome contribution to the playa douchebags!

Diplo is a well known douchebag

Diplo, is famous for dubstep, sexist tweets, and now for being a FuckJerry sized corporate douche.  Popeye’s posed Diplo in front of a giant Popeye’s billboard, in the form of a jet, so that he could pretend he and the billboard were actually at Burning Man, and use the photo-op as an instagram marketing opportunity.   He wrote, “Popeyes heard I wanted to try their sandwich so they sent me some in a jet…Wendy’s your move.”  What he should have written was, “Here I am, pretending to be at Burning Man, and selling out to a corporation, sick right?  People may not listen to my music anymore, but they’ll definitely hear about what a douchebag I still am #PlayaRumours”

If you believe this wasn’t a completely paid, coordinated marketing ploy, then I have some magic beans to sell you.  That plane was never actually at Burning Man (even though it’s tagged like it is), the only question is did Diplo take that picture in advance, or actually leave the festival, go to the Reno Airport, do his ad, and come back.  What a douche.

Meanwhile, Paris Hilton…

Every year Paris Hilton is the Burning Man Douche Bag of the Year runner up.  Every year.

It’s well known that Burning Man is so anti-commercialism that you can’t even use money at the festival, except to buy ice or coffee.  There are no corporate booths, marketing merch tables or billboards, or beverage sponsors in the Black Rock Desert.   There are only temporary structures, art cars, pop-up kitchens, playgrounds, and dancefloors build mostly by you, your friends, and your fellow burners (and the sherpas hired to give tech CEO’s an ‘authentic experience’).  And that’s why the festival is still special.

We at Broke-Ass Stuart would like to officially grant Diplo the ‘2019 Burning Man Douche Bag of the Year” Award, which we assume he would be really happy to accept, if he could make money off it.  If you want to read about how Burning Man started, check this out.


“In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.”

From the 10 Principles of Burning Man, by co-founder Lary Harvey

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