Racist? If you think so,
You don't get it.
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So now Elton John himself thinks that
the voting done on American Idol is racist. Obviously he hasn't
spent on minute around today youth. If you think the vote is racist,
you don't get it either.
My high school class voted a junior girl
who was pregnant, 8 months pregnant, and a skater boy (we only had 3-4 in
our school) with the tattoos, the ear, eye, nose, tongue, nipple and the
wherever else piercing for our high school home coming queen and king.
Dressed in maternity cloths and cloths that were barely more than rags,
our king and queen entered the football stadium sitting on corvettes like
the royalty they were.
Parents, faculty, neighboring school's
parents and faculty and especially grandparents and rich people thought it
was appalling. 99% of the people our age thought it was funny and
awesome because we were bucking tradition. Who cares? We
Why? Because we thought, and in
many ways we were definitely correct, we could cause an uproar, show
people that we didn't care about stupid traditions that really didn't mean
anything and we wanted parents to know that their opinion didn't count
this time, it was our vote and our decision and they had to accept it
whether they liked it or not.
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So how is this different from American Idol?
It isn't. The exact same principles are at play here. I think School
Of Rock said it best, 'Stick it to the man.' and that's exactly what's
happening with American Idol. Kids are mocking it for the mockery
that it is.
Look at William Hung; do you think that we
like his music? Heck no. If we liked to listen to his music we
would have our friends belt out their best impressions of current artists,
record it, slap it on a CD and it would cost well under fifty cents if you
don't count having to sit through your friend's singing. William is
popular because it is the unexpected thing to do. It is a way of
mocking American Idol. We don't need their show, we don't need
Simon, Paula and some Jackson telling us what is good and what isn't, who
cares what they think. If we want someone to be popular we will
decide. UNTIL THEN, we will mock their little show by voting off
talent and voting in the people we want, like it or not.
William Hung, go man go and do not fall like
Hammer or Jackson, invest that money and become a successful engineer. (I
think he was an engineer...right?) I, like others, are proud of you.
Kids today are cynical, they are rebellious (aren't all
kids?, weren't you?) they couldn't care less about authority and they
definitely like to make adults question what they are doing. Most
kids do hold it in but when there is a forum of no consequences like
American Idol provides, like Internet Chat rooms, like email hidden from
their parents and others that would judge them, they start to show their
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So, sit back and try to make sense of it all.
Spend time getting on the band wagon of racism, go ahead. Like crop
circles, school shootings, drug use, alcohol use, kids not doing their
homework and kids generally being a nuisance, there is no rhyme or reason
to what is happening here. They are voting the way they want to vote
because they want to do all the things that every generation has done
whether it was Elvis' dancing, the Beetle's hair, or Eminem's filthy
lyrics, if you are an adult and you think it should be one way, they are
going to do the opposite.
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At this point the article is going to start
trailing but I do have a few key comparisons. I have spoken with
many, many kids that have had counseling and have "problems" and need
"special help" and yadda-yadda. Below is a list of what they say
when they aren't under rule of a teacher, a parent, or someone else.
your item in the classifieds for $10 including color picture, full
write-up, posted for as long as your item is for sale. Items under $100
free, vehicles under $1,000 free.
"Yeah, my parents really make me mad when
they try to make me clean my room so I throw a tantrum and cost them an
arm and a leg for the psychologist. Last month I cost them $500!
They won't spend it on me any other way anyway!"
"I hate doing homework so I don't do it.
I still pass and I don't have to do the work!"
When telling one relative that they should have a
beneficiary on their account, even if they are young, because you never
know if you are going to be alive tomorrow this relative said,
"I want to give money to the local zoo,
that will piss my mom off because she always want my money."
When telling this relative that maybe that
isn't a way to get back at her mom because we are talking about death
"She'll miss my money more than me."
I kid you not. That's the
conversation and I have witnesses. I also coach at the high school
level and I have heard these type of situations happening in school
either through teachers or my own experience.
I hope you are making money at analyzing
why kids are voting the way they are voting...if you aren't you are as sad
as me writing this article; telling the truth and the way it is knowing no
one will listen.
Don't email me if you think I am bashing the
geeks, I'm not, I'm one of
you or might as well be. I'm sticking up for the geeks and telling
the more fortunate people that they don't know what they are talking
Before you send any other comments, remember this too: Stupidity
is not in the eye of the beholder. Stupidity is believing that you are not
stupid like the rest of us. And yes, I am doing something about it.
I am posting my opinions for public comment which evokes public thought.
Things may get worse through this "public thought process" but at least
they are changing.
As you may notice in the many articles to come, I absolutely can not
stand people that have an opinion about something they know very little
about or didn't take the time to research before giving their opinion. I
pledge that I will not write a single article about a subject that I don't
know enough about to see several sides of the issue. If you think I am
I'd love to be the first to know about it.
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