God Bless Him.
And God Forgive Me.
To speak, or not to speak: therein lies the dilemma
Oy oy oy. I faced this same ethical dilemma last year when I felt very compelled to write about Kevin Covais.
It's Sanjaya, on American Idol. I have something to say about him, about the show.
Before leaping into the pool of cess, I have a caveat:
I like to think of myself not per se as nice, but as kind: kind, courteous and respectful.
Sanjay is a kid, a real kid with feelings. He's a person who deserves common courtesy, not unconstructive criticism.
I think that's the really, really bad downside to reality TV: it fosters a common perception that we all get to be critics.
Put something up in front of me, it's mine to critique and I have the right to tell you---or better yet, vote and affect the outcome---of whether you are worthy.
What a false sense of power and importance; yet, how very seductive.
I admit it. I watch American Idol. I watched Grease: You're the one that I want.
I feel my inner critic shining during each and every episode. I cover my eyes, I cover my ears, I jiggle in my chair, I clap at the end, and most of all: I have a very definite opinion about whether that person was up to (my) par (which is pretty picky). My husband and I trade quirky and witty comments in a strange sort of bonding ritual. We're invested.
It's better than a martini as a destressor. Plus, you get the bonus of feeling so dirty afterwards.
And that's how I feel right now, after watching American Idol. Dirty. Dirty and mean. Because the line between constructive criticism and unconstructive criticism is a little murky sometimes...isn't it necessary sometimes to be cruel to be kind?
But if I am just talking about someone...isn't that just plain old mocking?
So be it, I will be...I will be forthcoming in my mocking and unconstructive gossip.
I think Sanjaya's performances have been dreadful. I question why it is that people continue to vote for him. Really, why? Whatever is your justification? He might have talent, he probably does...but it's certainly not evident in his performances, which have devolved into being more about his fashionista side (so to speak).
The hair tonight? And the singing? Oh. Oh. It was like the visual equivalent of a roadkill squirrel. I kept peeking and then quickly looking away. My ears wished they could do the same.
So that's what I really question: the sincerity in the motive for voting to keep him on the show.
But it gets even more sinister than that...
I have completely fallen into believing my husband's theory that the show is rigged. I have it on good authority that the auditions are rigged. So, eh, carrying that over into the show is just one small step, yes?
His theory is that they are ensuring that the middle of the pack get cut first, thereby leaving the two extremes: the two most likely groups to generate talk, publicity and interest.
Look at me! I'm falling into their nefarious plan!
On the chopping block tonight: Chris Sligh and Haley Scarnato---clear out one more joe or jane from the middle rather than chopping out, mercifully, one who deserves it.
But I do have good things to say too
Blake didn't wow me tonight, but is it just me, or is he so very cool?
Melinda, however, did.
And ummm...Paula, such a pretty girl.
On that note...
I was a little surprised to see Blake singing his song so sincerely. Is it just me? I think I might be the only person in the world who took Love Song by The Cure to be a little ironic. Honestly, I didn't take it at all seriously. It sort of reeked of "guy in the doghouse for serious wrong begging with words desiged to melt the heart of a woman who ought to know better."
Or am I just projecting?
Speaking of projecting and Kevin Covais...
Grease. Really? REALLY? Max Crumm is America's idea of superhot, supercool stud Danny Zuko?
Max is a very talented young man. He should be cast as a lead, you know, maybe as Harold Hill in the Music Man. But...Danny Zuko?
Am I alone here?
I have to hope this is just an age gap thing, and people really liked him best for this part. That the modern Danny Zuko is a skater/slacker and that's who is most believable as the king of a '50s high school to today's audience.
Still, it begs the question...is that age group who is the majority of Broadway show ticket buyers?
Have they missed the demographic between reality TV show watching American public and expensive live show ticket buying public?
That's it...I promise. For now...
copyright 2007 Julie Pippert
Tags: American Idol, Sanjaya, Blake and Melinda, Max Crumm, Danny Zuko and Grease