Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Why do we idolize freaks?

I am struck lately by the absurdity of the freaks plastered all around us in the news, the Internet, and television. They parade around with crazy hair and bazaar body modifications. The world idolizes these circus sideshows flashing their skin, wearing outrageous costumes (sometimes no costumes) simply because they can sing or act, maybe even both, or just because they have a large behind. We throw money at these people like they are gods. Our children watch with mouths agape dreaming of becoming the next Lady Gaga. Ooh . . . isn't she wonderful. We've created a culture of extremes pushing the envelop further and higher. Is there a point where we say no more, when we shun the flunkey with blue hair and yellow teeth? I don't know. Maybe with age there is wisdom. I wish the world would calm down for a minute, where being normal was normal.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rick!

    Thanks for posting the lovely comment on my New Prairie woman blog, nice surprise for me! Anyway, I'm speechless, I love your blog dated June 8th. I was just saying how damaging lady gaga (that's no lady!) is to the kids who don't understand the deal about her. Disgusting. Okay, so, she has a great voice! Does that excuse her from being a slut on stage? I was shocked that American Idol (a family show?) would cow tow to her record company. I wrote them a letter of complaint. Well, I guess in this day and age, I'm considered an old fuddy duddy. Too bad! Be well, and don't forget to drop by the prairie to say howdy!

    In friendship,
    Susie Rosso Wolf