Sunday, January 26, 2014

What is fame in this country?

Let’s examine two case studies from this past week.

The dominate story this week was the DUI arrest of Justin Bieber on Miami Beach. The story was all over national media, and to put it lightly, JB and his d-bag father didn’t come out of this looking very cool. Calls for the pint-sized pop, ah, person to check into rehab have since swelled, but I don’t think a 19-year-old getting toasted and driving drunk should mean a clinical intervention. The problem with the Beebs is a simple one: He shouldn’t be a celebrity, and thus his every movement shouldn’t be so massively micro-managed, and then unpacked by the likes of E! This is simply what happens when you’re famous for nothing. JB can’t sing, can’t dance, can’t perform, can’t write songs. In other words he has absolutely no talent and no business being in the spotlight the way he is. Know why Timberlake never gets busted like this? He's working 24/7. That's what real fame is.

I flat out don’t understand why this kid is not only famous, but presently worth north of a hundred-mill. He's worth more than Usher. Yep, more than Usher. FORBES called him the third most powerful celeb, but he's only sold 15 million total albums. In comparison, Eminem has sold over 80 million, Beyoncé about the same. I don’t know a single Justin Bieber song, and every time I’ve seen him in televised performance (Late night shows etc), or on SNL, or on TV doing something of the kind, it’s always so amateurish and so doctored and over-produced. Letterman shredded him. Watch: This guy has forty million Twitter followers? Seriously? Bieber has added nothing new and/or original to the pouty-lipped, teen-idol genre. I actually find his style to be hackneyed and absurdly unoriginal. His career strikes me as a shtick against the teen-throb genre. Anyone who thinks this kid could be the next train wreck et al Brittany Spears, I must tell you: Brittany Spears was Aretha Franklin compared to JB.

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Here’s another humdinger

So let me get this straight, Seattle Seahawks’ defensive back Richard Sherman, helps his team to ONLY their second SB berth in franchise history, then, on national television, carries on a cartoonish rant against an opposing player, and somehow has gotten the media to rally around him? Um, OK. When, on his CNN show last Wednesday, Piers Morgan finished his Sherman segment and said, “Richard Sherman, I for one salute you, sir,” my frustration about this went next level. Sherman has skillfully and crudely taken a look-at-me tantrum, which essentially robbed the Seahawks organization of possibly its all-time greatest moment, and used it to present himself as the momentary face of race relations in America, calling out those who labeled him a "thug," suggesting it was euphemism for another, much-worse word.

Let me clear up some misconceptions. First, Sherman did not rant this way RIGHT after the biggest play of his life, it was more than five minutes of “real time” later. Then, an hour later, he went right back to it at the media podium, carrying on about his personal feud with Michael Crabtree, the opposing player. Then, he took to Twitter to attack fans who reacted. Of course we reacted! So this theory that he behaved badly ONLY in the heat of the moment is nonsense. What he did was disgusting, and it was his behavior that made people flash to the race issue. It was HIS behavior. He doesn’t get to sit on a soap box now and wag his finger at the ignorant reactions of the masses. And don’t give me that crap about how we ask NFLers to be gladiators then ask them to be civil. What Sherman did was subterranean. And this week there’s reports that his rant will earn him millions in endorsement dollars. Huh?!

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What is fame in this country?

Brian Huba

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