I filled myself in on the full story after I got home, and all I could think about was "Why the hell do grown men give a damn what happens on the MTV music awards?" I forced myself to painfully watch the video of Kanye stealing the sweet, little, white girl's moment in the sun...and then I understood what riled these guys up so much. If Taylor Swift was a male, punk rocker...it would have just been another stupid moment in the litany of stupid moments in MTV history. As a matter of fact, it would have been great to see an Axl Rose type up there and watch the two of them beat the shit out of each other....now that's good MTV. Unfortunately the demographics of this situation were just too much to bare for white, protective middle age men across the country.
Listening to these guys cry racist, ad nauseum....militantly, mind you....it was a harsh reminder that maybe we are still stuck on stupid.
The redeeming factor in the whole incident was Obama calling Kanye a jackass. Yup, Mr. President... that's about the sum total of the whole fucking thing. Forget the grand, racist conspiracies....this guy was just a drunk ass screaming his opinion into a microphone...unfortunately a sweet, little, white girl caught the butt of his tirade.
After the bar patron had ranted and screamed "racist" for about 30 minutes he was finally chastised by one of the employees and asked to "Please, just shut the fuck up." He kind of sulked for a few minutes then turned to me and painfully professed, "Nobody listens to me." I wanted to tell him, "Yeah...because you're being an ass just like the guy you're screaming about. No one likes to be screamed at." But I kind of felt sorry for him...so I just listened to him instead.
Maybe this is part of the process...maybe this is healthy dialogue to actually get to a post-racial America. Or maybe we're a nation of screaming, territorial apes....and that's what we'll always be. I don't know anymore...are we going forwards or backwards?
I was listening to WWL today list the reasons why Fielkow said he wasn't running. The main reason Arnie gave was because of the racist accusations he has had to face in the past year....and that he felt he would be further dividing the community if he ran.
You know my answer to that is I'm glad he's dropping out because he apparently doesn't have the fortitude to handle the job anyway. It sounds like he's moping because he got slapped with the race card. If his skin is that thin, then he's definitely not the right guy for this job. Citing fear of racial reprise for not running for mayor....it seems to me like he's perpetuating the problem. I don't know, but it's very disappointing to me.