But what interests me (and Delaney) here is the difficulty of putting a line between public and private spending. I’m reminded of the article from Spy magazine some decades ago, where they likened the endorsement deals paid by Coca-Cola etc. to the tax that Britons pay to support the queen.
(Above image: World of Coca-Cola, Las Vegas, Nev. Photograph taken by Michael Reeve, March 24, 2003. Original picture by English Wikipedia user MykReeve.)
The image I really wanted to use, which I found via a Google search on *”spy magazine” “michael jordan” queen tax*, is subtitled, “Opening spread for a story comparing celebrity spokespersons to England’s royal family, who benefit from a tax on all goods sold in Great Britain. These celebrities’ enormous fees are paid for by consumers via inflated prices for the products they pitch. In essence, it’s a ‘Fabulousness-Added Tax’ (F.A.T.) The top celeb spokespersons were portrayed as monarchy in paintings fashioned after royal portraiture. Candice Bergen and Michael Jordan were crowned King and Queen.”