Friday, January 19, 2007
I love my entertainment. I check the Internet throughout the day for Hollywood updates. I read my People magazine. I even watch the occasional (okay, frequent) E! and Entertainment Tonight. And yes, Hollywood lets me down on a regular basis. But I've officially had it. Monday and Tuesday night of American Idol was the last straw.
In my classes this week we are talking about how words carry weight and they are burdens that can stay with someone the rest of their lives, like a cancer. I always joke to my students, "Be careful how you treat people. Don't you be the person who gets their tires slashed at their ten year high school reunion."
I was totally disgusted with American Idol this week with all the meanness. To a certain extent, we expect it from Simon and know that contestants know what they are walking into. But this year's crop of wannabe's inspired especially cheap and malicious barbs from ALL the judges--even the ones who are typically kinder. Things were said to contestants that can never be taken back. That aired before MILLIONS of people. There will be people going back to home towns in which the entire population saw or heard of their humiliation, of their ridicule. When Simon said one guy looked like some sort of monkey from the forest, I wanted to bawl. I was so outraged at the cruelty--words these people will carry with them forever. Then I realized, I'm the one holding the remote. Am I any better? If people would take a stand and turn the TV off, American Idol and FOX would get the message. So I turned it off. (Okay, it took a while. In fact, it took a long while. But eventually that TV did go off. I have witnesses.)
And don't even get me started on the verbal spewage between Rosie O'Donnell and Mr. Donnie Trump. These people are wearing me out. But it's entertainment. And was I the only one tuning into The View to see what Rosie or Barbara would say next? Was I the only one who tuned into AI to see if Paula Abdul would be able to hold her head up and coherently complete a sentence?
In the second chapter of Titus it says to set an example by doing what is good. To show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned so that no one can say anything bad about you. So that no one can say that you frequently pull a Simon. Or you call people names like a Donald. And I would even go one step further and say don't hang out with people who DO stoop to that level.
So Rosie, Donald, Randy, Simon, and Paula...you're fired.