Interesting what you say about the American vision of life and body being exported to the 'empire'. I think the sparkly-pink-plastic-laden film Barbie started to address similar expectations and standards but only seemed to loop back around to saying that ultimately the masquerade...
...We used to call it conditioning, nobody even mentions that anymore, where you learn how to dress, how to speak...
I am not sure how I ended up on this thread, but parts of it are interesting.
I like your link to the original comment about the recent blockbluster 'Barbie' and the masquerade, I have not watched the film, I did notice it was almost paired with the film 'Oppenheimer'. Which I find ironic. I often wonder weither, as time goes on if we are copying and immitating what we see on the screen, and re-living it in real life, then we film it on our phones or in the films, and the cycle continues. A big difference today is that we can look, watch and listen and read back at the past in endless different ways and copy it, think about it and almost re-live it.
I do wonder if we are all thinking from the original source today, or if people are recycling and completely turning over or inside out (metaphorically).