Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Self-Declared Official Asian Spokesperson on the Stupid Miley Cyrus Scandal

Two ongoing Mideast wars, the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression, wildfires in Australia, Israeli election uncertainty, simmering crisis in Gaza, multiple nuclear proliferation threats, and the only thing the celebrity-minded simpletons out there can wrap their silly little heads around is a silly indiscretion by a 16-year-old pop star:

One of these things is not like the other. Also, that is not my chin or jawline.

The whole goddamn thing is stupid. The photo was stupid. The Asian kid in the photo (the original one, that is) is stupid. (Question: Is he still good at math?) Righteously-indignant and morally outraged AZN bloggers are stupid. The apology was stupid. The second apology was stupid. The lawsuit is especially stupid. Miley Cyrus was stupid for forgetting that as a celebrity, she shouldn't do certain things on film (and as a 16-year-old, she can't even claim it was the booze talking). I'm stupid for writing about this.

Let's not forget, various Latin American sports teams during the Beijing Olympics were also stupid.

Friends of mine are stupid for doing almost exactly the same thing (though they were smart, because they are not celebrities), and I'm stupid for taking their picture:


Are they bad people, because they are subverting stereotypes in a manner that could be seen as offensive? (This is a bad example, as they actually are bad people.)

This is the absolute only thing I'm going to say about this. Although, since I linked to multiple times here, I'd like to take this opportunity to share my simple (though non-comprehensive) two-question test to determine if you're a bad person:
  1. Do you work for TMZ?
  2. Do you watch TMZ?
If you answered "yes" to either of these two questions, then, yes, you are a bad person.


Anonymous said...

Hi, just saying hi (I'm new to DC, and joined the DC Blogger Meetup). I don't pay much attn to celeb news- my teen days are LONG gone. I think the conflict btwn Chris Brown and Rihanna is VERY serious; maybe now teens will beging to discuss dating violence w/ their peers/parents/etc.


P.S. Check out my blog!

Anonymous said...

Joe: Emma is from NYC, so she knows that Miley just blew her chance to book a gig at my old high school, Stuyvesant (60 percent Asian-American).

See you both at the Meetup.

Joelogon said...

Emma -- there's always the "teachable moment" aspect to any scandal, I guess.

Mike -- well, there's always Bronx Science.

-- Joe

Anonymous said...

great rant. why don't I read your blog more often!? I will.

Joelogon said...

Gi-Gi -- thank. And I see that you've moved on from wanting, needing, and having to reading, thinking, and feeling (and tumbling)