Tuesday, July 8, 2008


I realize that when critics review a show they don't like they can be very harsh. To me this critic, Doug Elfman, goes too far. I get the point that he doesn't like American Idol, but his review seems to say his opinion of music is the only one that counts. Before I start I will say I have never watched an episode of American Idol. I have nothing against the show, just I prefer cable shows to network ones. I am going to quote a few things and comment on them.

"And as fans screamed, (David) Cook opened his rock-guy beard mouth to eke out his first horrible song, which they loved: a cover of Lionel Richie's "Hello."

If you don't remember this simpering pop ballad, it meekly goes, "Hello? Is it me you're looking for?"

When it came out in 1984, everyone with decent taste laughed big hearty laughs of humor-horror at how it gave sentimentality a bad name."

I like that song, so according to Mr. Elfman I do not have "decent taste". I am glad someone has pointed that out to me. Just because I don't like something does not make me superior to someone else. I am not familiar with the Josh Groban song he refers to, but the sentence that really got me was this one.

"Another performer sang the 69-year-old "Over the Rainbow," and a teenage girl in the aisle yelled, "That's my song!"

Imagine that. A teenager actually likes a song her Grandmother probably liked. What is the world coming to. I guess we shouldn't like anything that was done before we were born. Let's see, for me that means no big band music, no Humphrey Bogart movies, the original Three Stooges, anything else before 1956. This man is an elitist. Anything that doesn't meet his lofty standards is pure ****. 7000 people enjoyed the show. One didn't. Do the math.

No baseball card today. I need to get a few more scanned.


Travis said...

I know right were you are coming from Howard. I hate critics like that. Anything mainstream is horrible, and if you like it, then you are a simpering idiot.

and like you if I am suppose to dislike before I was born. I would probably have to get rid of 1/2 my music and 2/3 of my movies

Radiodad said...

Travis beat me to it, so...

...what he said. :D