Two things: One serious, one ridiculous

The events this week at Virginia Tech are still incomprehensible to me, and I’m not even remotely close to the situation, nor do I know anyone who is. It’s especially tragic that this occurred on a college campus. Had this occurred in a workplace, there would have been people losing spouses, kids losing parents, and parents losing kids – and it certainly would have been horrific. But there’s a special quality to young adults who are of the typical age and enrolled at a college or university. I know because I fit the description at one time, and I have a son who will be in just three short years. There’s something very magical about a young man or woman who exudes intelligence, and who has his or her whole adult life still in front of them. They represent the promise of a better day; they are potential personified.  

I don’t have much to add other than what’s already been said and will likely be said for many years to come, but that’s what makes this week’s terrible news especially disconcerting to me.

On a brighter note, I’d like to chime in on a meaningless thing on a lot of American’s minds right now: Sanjaya.

I’m on board, and I’ve been on board for several weeks now. I voted for him 30 times last night. Took me about 5 minutes. Call me a Howard Stern follower if you must, I don’t care. I’m a Sirius employee and I love the show, although I’ll contend to the grave that sidekick Artie Lang isn’t funny.

I view this Sanjaya situation much like I view a major snowstorm. I know it’s going to be a royal pain in the ass and screw things up, but it’s interesting. In some ways, Sanjaya is helping AI, but in other ways he’s hurting it, and I have to say I’m glad. American Idol has gotten too big, too powerful, and too unstoppable. It needed to be put in its place so to speak. However on top something or somebody is, there’s usually something that can and will knock it down, at least a few pegs, and I think it’s happened to AI. The snooty Simon Cowell says that is Sanjaya wins, he’ll quit the show. I would love to see that. I generally like Simon, but he’s not deserving of all the riches and fame he’s received. The guy’s not that interesting or talented. He’s one of the most powerful people in the music industry right now, yet he doesn’t sing, can’t read a note of music, and can’t play a single instrument. He certainly deserves to make the killing he is, but this ain’t Paul McCartney. He can’t shine Quincy Jones’ shows.

On a related note, I finally caught a few minutes of Dancing with the Stars at the gym last night. It’s one thing to be (kind of) into American Idol and fast forwarding through the boring parts, thanks to TIVO, especially with Sanjaya-mania running wild. And granted, some of the women on Dancing with the Stars are sexy. But if you’re a member of my gender and you’re watching this show religiously, I expect to see your Man Badge on my desk by the end of the day. You’ve lost it for life.  

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9 Responses

  1. winit4mosi says:

    Big Stern fan as well and a Sirius subscriber, and YES, Artie Lange is not funny. Now that he’s as fat as Chris Farley, it’s funny to hear him be the comic foil of Howard’s ridicule. That being said, he’s far better than that ancient hack, Jackie Martling. Jackie’s laugh made me want to gore out my eyes with a red hot poker.

    The most entertaining part of the Stern Show? The Riley Martin contract negotiations. I don’t know what it is, but that cat’s BS makes me howl. I’m a big Beetlejuice fan as well. The Baba Booey song parodies are also can’t miss.

    On to Sanjaya. I can’t say that I’ve even voted once, but I’m on the upset train as well. Imagine the AI producers trying to package this kid to the masses if he wins? I relish the thought. Dancing with the Stars is an embarrassing train wreck. Can’t watch it, won’t watch it, have to draw the line somewhere.

    P.S. When does the FF show on Sirius repeat, John? Friday night is date night with the better half, so I’m usually stuck in a theater watching a Drew Barrymore movie when you and Cap are discussing Michael Turner’s keeper value.

  2. John Hansen says:

    Last year they replayed it at like 6am Saturday, which sucks. Maybe I’ll talk to them about making it in demand or downloadable on the site, but I won’t hold my breath.

    Bad news on Sanjaya: is saying he will be done tonight. I think it may happen, since that bald guy was actually decent.

  3. Ramfan says:

    I couldn’t get my regular ID to work here yesterday and I wanted to comment, so I created a new one today.

    John, I have a lot of respect for you and this site, you do respectable work.

    I find what Stern does to be deplorable. I have much more respect for what AI and people like Simon and the money they may make for it that I do for the money Stern makes for spewing the garbage he does. I don’t watch or listen to Stern but I have been told by friends that do. I think guys like Stern, some of the music these artists put out and movies/shows like “Jackass” contribute to some of the stupidity in society today. I will be the last to say dodgeball or a certain cartoon sends a bad message to kids, but these others have a distinct influence on our youth and young adults and give them the impression this “stuff”, for a lack of a better word, is acceptable. Some people know better and can take it for what it is, but many don’t!

    While many think AI is just glorified karoke, and it may be, they do far more for young people that these others (Stern, et. al.) do, and I am not talking about what charities, etc. they may support. When it comes to reality shows like Survivor, Bachelor, etc. they are a dime a dozen and just entertainment, maybe with the exception of Richard Hatch and Rob and Amber. But many of those that make AI near the end do create opportunities or careers out of it and some have become very successful.

    I know you don’t just have to win this show to have success as is evidenced by some of the those now producing albums, but for Stern and his cult following to try to cheat one of these young adults out of that opportunity for their own amusement or to “take down” or discredit the show is inexcusable. Not only that, the criticism and humiliation Sanjaya had to endure was awful. While he appeared to take it well or put on a good front, for a young individual, I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to know people were voting for you because you were the worst and to hear so many speaking poorly of him. This should have ended long ago.

    I guess it is what it is and a learning experience for Sanjaya, but I think what Stern and others did to him and those that got voted off before Sanjaya when they shouldn’t have been is disgusting. But Stern is secure in his career and has a ton of money so who cares what he does to hurt someone else’s opportunity, right? At least he may have helped Sanjaya’s career.

  4. John Hansen says:

    I certainly respect your opinion, but to say what Stern did with AI is inexcusable is a bit over the top. It’s a television singing competition. True, Stern doesn’t do anything for young people. But no one, including Stern, ever said he did or wants to. He’s an adult entertainer. Those who don’t like him shouldn’t listen, and those who campaign against him have freedom of speech issues.

    As for Sanjaya, he’s probably forever cemented a place in American pop culture lore, and he’ll make at least a million dollars this year. I think he’ll be fine.

  5. winit4mosi says:


    You stole my thunder, governor. People who bash Stern always seem to preface their rant with, “I’ve never listened to him, but I have friends who have.” So how does that make them authorities on his content, through hearsay? Stern is not for everyone, and YES he is an ADULT entertainer. His decision to “vote for Sanjaya” was an exercise in democracy, however small. Those who bash that right because Sanjaya couldn’t sing for his supper, are missing the point.

    AI is now unwatchable to me, the kitsch factor, which was the only draw, is now gone. Who are we going to latch onto now, Phil aka “Powder?” I think not.

    The best TV on TV, other than the HBO Sunday night lineup, is “The Office” and “30 Rock”. Hitch up your wagon and turn off that “D-List_Celebrity-Dance-Off.”

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  9. John Hansen says:

    Just reading this old post and thought I’d post an update: Sanjaya was on Stern last week and thanked him for all he did for him, so he’s fine with it.

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