People are still talking about Hologram Tupac two weeks later. Who is Hologram Tupac? Well, for those of you that don’t know, it’s a digital hologram of the late rapper Tupac Shakur who was murdered 16 years ago at the age of 25 in Las Vegas. His murder is still unsolved.
Hologram Tupac made his debut at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California Sunday April 15, 2012, and simultaneously freaked out, surprised, and entertained thousands of people during a set with fellow rap artist Snoop Dogg. The appearance of Hologram Tupac was the idea of producer/rapper Dr. Dre. He was given the okay to use the image of Tupac Shakur by Tupac’s Mother Afeni Shakur, who was said to be thrilled with the performance. The use of Tupac’s image in this way has stirred up a lot of moral debate about using holographic technology to digitally “resurrect” a long deceased artist.
Here is some quick background about the effect. While the technology used today to create the Hologram is amazing, the effect itself is not new. It’s been around since the 1800’s and is called “Pepper’s Ghost,” and today’s modern technology makes it appear even more real. It’s a trick that uses special lighting and plate glass. It’s used a lot in the theater and in magic tricks. And if you’ve ever been to Disneyland and visited the Haunted Mansion you have experienced this trick. This version of the Pepper’s Ghost illusion uses a system called Musion Eyeliner which uses metalized film instead of plate glass.
I understand the moral debate. There are a lot of great artists that have since passed on that I don’t think I would appreciate seeing in this manner. What’s so great about a counterfeit anyway? Absolutely nothing. It can never compare to seeing the real flesh and blood individual. When I saw the video of Hologram Tupac on Youtube I was one of those people in the freaked out category. It was just weird to me, and I was a fan of his growing up. If you saw it you might have felt differently. Some liked it. Many fans were uncomfortable. Some felt is was macabre. Feelings have been mixed among his fans. I understand the moral dilemma about bringing the deceased “back” in this matter for entertainment purposes and/or profit or even just as a tribute. I get it.
But there is an even greater problem and it’s that those of you that are still flipping out over this are worried about the WRONG resurrection! Jesus died 2012 years ago and rose again from the dead after three days. And He did it without the use of an 1800’s parlor trick or modern digital technology. He didn’t come back to entertain you but to save you. His death and resurrection is real. And He’s coming back again. Are you ready for that?
Jesus’ return is the ONLY one that matters. And if you’re not ready for it you’re going to be in for a very rude awakening when Jesus comes back to rapture His church. And you will be in for an even more rude awakening if you die today without Christ. So stop worrying about Hologram Tupac, and start concerning yourself with your soul. It’s time to get right with Jesus before it’s too late.
Jesus died and rose again so that if you’ll just confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe it in your heart that He died and God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) Jesus died to save you from your sins if you’ll just choose to follow Him, and live for Him, and make Him your Lord and Savior. He died to save you from an eternity in Hell. The gift is free. All you have to do is accept it. Will you accept it?
Comment below and let me know what you think of this whole Hologram Tupac debate. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior let me know as well so that I can pray for you!
For those of you that are curious about what Hologram Tupac looks like here is the video below. Hologram Tupac and Snoop Dogg perform “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” Please know that there is a lot of profane language used in this clip.
Lord bless you all,