I’m not going to link this yet, because I don’t know how it’s going to grok, and I don’t want anyone getting flamed.
It comes from an entertainment site, one that’s very good and funny, but one which — like many things entertainment/online — tends a little toward the liberal. The writer is talking about K.L. Cook’s choice to perform ‘God Bless The USA’ on Idol last night. (I thought it was dull as dishwater, but extremely shrewd.)
Idol haters, don’t worry about it. It’s not about Idol. It’s about all of the pro-America songs that the country artists in particular seem to write lately — which seem to have no real point to me, except to give people something to sing at ballgames if they can’t hit the high notes of The Star Spangled Banner.
Anyway, for a liberal-leaning site, this is utterly not what I expected:
America is awesome. When you trot out this bullshit sentimental warmed-over brainless hateful crap, you are seriously disconnecting yourself from America and why it’s great. It’s like Hallmark cards: the opposite of caring. You cannot let somebody else tell you what your heart says.
The real America that is made with blood and bravery and strength and love, the real America that demands that you draw your circle as wide as you can and spend every day serving it with your hands, that goes right out the fucking window when you pass the buck to some stupid shit song like this. And you know who eats it up, because it’s always the same fucking people that eat this vomit, are the people who are too lazy to think about America or love her in the first place.
I hate this fucking song, I hate this stupid girl, and I hate that this is happening, because my whole theory about how this show reflects the wider culture cuts both ways and I don’t want to think about that.
I’m a little embarrassed to this moved by something so snarky and angry, but maybe that’s why I like it so much.
Tell me what you think.