Thursday, November 07, 2013

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Did you watch the Country Music Awards last night?  Me neither -- the signal to noise ratio was too low.  But here's Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood riffing on the Affordable Care Act ...

Either I'm too sensitive or else I'm getting old.  Plus, I didn't begin to understand the twerking joke about somebody's act I'd never heard of.  Who the hell is Luke Bryant?  If that's even how you spell it.

I should probably just be able to just rise above shit like this, but the image of all those millionaire rednecks laughing their asses off doesn't jibe with the fact that people in states like Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, etc. (country music's bedrock constituency) would almost certainly benefit more from a jolt of Obamacare than any other region of the country.  Plus, where else in the world does a black cowboy shirt with sparkles pass as formal wear?

But that's not really what's bothering me.  Because if you let politics bother you too much you'll go insane.  What's really bothering me is that Carrie Underwood (who is lovely in a plastic sort of a way) should just shut the fuck up.  About everything.  I base this solely on her performance as Faith Hill's stand-in singing the Sunday Night Football theme song.  A disaster.  The woman should simply go away.

Get thee to a nunnery.
Nicely said.

Brad Paisley, on the other hand, can throw all the political stones he wants.  I base this solely on his guitar playing on Hot Rod Heart -- the penultimate song on "I Wrote a Song for Everyone", John C. Fogerty's album of duets with country western stars.

Everybody in that audience probably owns a Lincoln pick-up truck.
Nicely said.
Except for Brad Paisley.
Exactly.  Because anybody who can play guitar like that must be the genuine article.
Prolly drives an F-150.
And an Aston-Martin.
God bless the man.

All that said, it should in all fairness be noted that the introduction of Obamacare from a logistical point of view has been a colossal disaster.  A total clusterfuck.  An extraordinary embarrassment for the administration.  So a good deal of pointed humor is certainly called for.  Likewise genuine criticism.  But that doesn't mean it's not a good idea.

So really, you're not angry about them taking a poke at Obamacare.  You're really just upset about the Sunday Night Football theme song.


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