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A glass cage of questions

By: Skylar Zwick
By: Skylar Zwick

A glass box, plus a celebrity equals the end of worldwide hunger?America's fascination with glass boxes baffles me.

What is America’s fascination with glass boxes? From Will Ferrell’s “glass cage of emotion” in the film Anchor Man to the speculation that Michael Jackson would be forever encased in Plexiglas, just like the fairy tale princess Sleeping Beauty, we seem to have amassed a cultural affinity for glass cages. Beyond that, why is it the way to end hunger?  

The Associated Press is reporting tonight that actor David Arquette, (you remember him from Scream), will spend two nights suspended in a Plexiglas box above Madison Square garden to raise a quarter million dollars for the hungry.
 
Remember when Tenacious D tried it? As MTV reported in 2003, the comedic rockers, Jack Black and Kyle Gass only lasted 23 minutes in their attempt to end hunger by suspending themselves above Times Square.
 
What makes this the “in” way to help the starving? What if we - (wait for it) – donated food to local shelters instead? That’s just my two cents though. Apparently, some stars really enjoy the transparent life.
 
Oscar winner Tilda Swinton told Icelebz.com that she “wants to live in a glass box…” This revelation after she spent seven days encased in glass as an exhibition piece at the Serpentine Gallery in 1995.
 
And who could forget illusionist David Blaine, who spent 44 days suspended in a Plexiglas cage without food just a few years ago.
 
I suppose you can’t knock it until you’ve tried it, so I’ll wait until the opportunity presents itself to make my final decision, but for tonight, I’m going to make a donation to the food bank.
 
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