American Idol Follies Dr. Michael L. Ford 5 April 2007 Let me go on record right now that I could care less about the program called American Idol. I saw a few minutes of it a good while back and determined two things about it right away. The first of these was people who appeared favored seemed to fit into a certain mold of “entertainment” that jangles on my ears in the best of times. And secondly, the fellow called Simon Cowell does a pretty good job of appearing as a rude inconsiderate bore. My opinion is canceling the show and replacing it with a fixed camera focused on a chicken coop for the time slot would be a definite improvement in programming. Now having said that, let me get on to the reason I feel compelled to write this piece protesting the actions of a person who has made a career of being rude, crude, and demeaning of others. The person I am speaking of is a man described as a “shock jock” called Howard Stern. It is reported that he has been trying to persuade his listening audience to vote for the poorest performer on the show. I understand someone did this to a similar program in England and it did result in the cancellation of the program over there. So, Mr. Stern is not even being original in his childish, unethical ideas. What form of envy or need for attention motivates Mr. Stern to want to destroy other people’s livelihoods I do not know. It seems to me he would have some sense of kinship with the American Idol production since both of them look to cater to some of the worse characteristics of human beings. His actions remind me of the kind of kid who would tear up another child’s new toy simply because he did not have one. And I guess that is the issue. We cannot expect Mr. Stern to behave as a Christian ought to because it is my understanding he actually holds real Christians in contempt. And, I must confess the hopefulness of the competitors to American Idol that Stern will succeed puts me off. They forget that they might be the next target of his “corrupting the entire thing.” This story is likely to continue its sleazy little soap opera until a final conclusion of some sort is reached. But we can learn a lesson or two from it about the behavior of evil people and not behave ourselves as those given to the precepts of the world do. This short moment is all of they have. Why envy it?
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