As always, whenever some pseudo event takes place on television which portrays itself as representative of the American interests and tastes, there is an outcry. Such was the case, as I’m sure you all know, this past week with the Video Music Awards Show and a once innocent lass named Miley Cyrus.
In all honesty, who the heck cares? Why is it that people make these so called talented people, people who have in actuality very little talent, into celebrities when in reality they show their complete disregard for everyone by acting like a 12 dollar hooker whenever they are given the chance? Most of that which is considered talent is talent. However, it isn’t musical talent. It’s a talent for being able to convince people they don’t deserve better.
I know there are very few who can now recall seeing a singer walk on stage and hold an audience spellbound with simply their voice. Yes, believe it or not, it used to happen all the time. Doris Day would never have done what the so called women of today’s music industry routinely do to attract attention. She simply sang. Ella Fitzgerald. Billie Holliday. Diana Ross. Could you imagine Ethel Mermen dancing around the stage in a teddy? I know it’s a scary thought. But you see, that’s the difference. In a time when we are supposedly much more intelligent because that’s what people want to believe, we are behaving in a manner that would tell anyone visiting from another planet that we are going backwards. We are becoming more and more animalistic than human. We reward artists for being bad rather than good.
The trend started when music stopped being an audio art and became a visual one. When stage performances took over for singing, the natural instinct was to go as far as you could and not get arrested. And yet, many now feel getting arrested is a good thing because it gives you publicity! Any publicity is good publicity. It’s free! People talk about you. People buy your CD’s. That’s what they want. So there is no such thing as a conscience. There is only money. I’ll do anything for a buck! Well, I won’t… But most of those who are considered to be celebrities seem to.
I just wonder if young people today will ever realize that there was a time when performers didn’t have to sell themselves to the public. Their talent did. Remember, there was no television before the 1950’s… Yet there was Frank Sinatra… Dean Martin… Sammy Davis… These were performers. They could just come on stage and sing a song and the audience was captivated.
So what has changed? Nothing. And yet, everything! What has changed is that pornography used to be completely unacceptable to the public and yet it is now part of the mainstream. I suspect within a few years you will find actors and actresses who think highly of themselves, subjecting themselves to sex scenes in movies that are really sex scenes not just portrayals. Remember, 50 years ago, no one was ever naked in a movie. Now it’s the norm. So trust me, in time, real sex will be as well. In other words, those of us with an element of morality, in other words, those of us lambasted in the media as being intolerant simply because we have a moral compass, will be left with nowhere to run… We will surely be on the outside. However, we won’t be looking in. We will be simply looking forward…