If you have a parade and nobody comes, is it still a parade? If you shout it from the roof tops and nobody is listening are you still making a statement? If a man speaks in the forest and there’s no woman to hear him Š is he still wrong? Well, the answer to those questions are no, no and yes!
What’s my point? The downfall of humanity as we know it (or knew it). We can’t blame the Miley Cyrus’, Lindsay Lohan’s, Justin Beiber’s of the world because frankly we’re the ones paying attention to these overindulged, attention-driven little pukes! They do something stupid and every piece of electronic we have blows up with mind numbing information like it’s feeding your brain something it needs. Well, if you’re thinking that images of Miley Cyrus twerking is doing you good then I’ve got a brand new eating plan that consists of Slurpees being your sole source for nutrition. You comfortable with that? I didn’t think so.
So there apparently was a Video Music Award on MTV (oddly enough a channel that seemingly has very little to do with music anymore, but that’s a different column all together). Anyway, in this particular award show Miley Cyrus did some performance that had everybody and their mother weighing in on it. She came out stripped down to a vinyl two piece, twerked and was never seen again. Okay, let me say say this - TWERKED?
Honestly, I had no idea what it meant until two weeks ago and now the word won’t leave me alone. The word is dumb; the move is dumber Š unless you’re working in a strip club for dollar bills and frankly I’m hoping is goes by the way of Gangnam Style quickly. I’m now down with my old man walking to school in snowstorms speech (which I did do).
So if Miley Cyrus twerked and nobody reacted did she still twerk? Yes, but nobody cared and that would burn into her soul and deeply bother her, and most likely she wouldn’t try it again. I’m not sure who’s advising these people to act like complete idiots but I’m sure they’re operating under the misguided premise that all publicity is good publicity. Well it’s not and frankly there’s nothing more uncomfortable than watching someone come unhinged. Well, until we as a culture finally say, "guess what you can twerk, jerk, quirk, lurk or Captain Kirk as much as you want! We no longer care, so go away and don’t come back until you can do something a real human would do."
We’re a society that feeds on ostentatious behavior. We make movies about it, our celebrities revel in it, and for some it’s the sole thing that defines them. But make no mistakes, we feed off it. Even by me doing a column about ignoring the behavior, draws attention to the behavior - truly a double edged sword. The older I get the quicker I tire of it, the faster I roll my eyes and le that dumb-founded look wash over my face. I know as a culture we’re smarter than a 5 minute performance on a cable TV channel, but stupid is as stupid does and frankly it’s stupid. But then you’ve got the people that defend the behavior by saying, "she or he is young, this is when they’re supposed to be acting badly and figuring it out." Well I for one can tell you this, I behaved badly as a kid, I wasn’t the most studious of students, which is why my parents would show up to parent teacher conferences and have heart felt conversation about smacking me with a ruler if I was too disruptive. If I got bad grades in school it was because I wasn’t applying myself, not because the teacher was too strict. It’s way different now and I don’t think it’s for the better.
We’re living one physiatric event after another. Only because we allow it to consume our newsfeeds, information streams and we become enamored with it. But, if we just watch some jerk, twerk and our response it "Mehh", then it’s gotta stop! So to the I say what the "Mehh" is up with that!