American Idol: it's about the music, stupid
I'm really curious about how they're going to position this. Last year was easy, because they were both Davids and they actually were very different, but this week they just seem like a couple of affable, talented dudes. In the opening Adam's all lit with devilish red light and Kris with heavenly blue, but I don't think it's going to go that way. I think the election and the last horrible eight years are still too much with us, so it's natural to think it's going to be about normal vs. not normal anymore. That whole Red State/Blue State thing seems really obsolete at this point. The only people still yelling about it are the stupider conservatives who think you can actually describe a person in those terms, but I don't mind them, because they've been buying that one for so long it would be impossible to explain at this point.
Stupider conservatives and stupider liberals have been trying to frame this season of American Idol as some kind of second election. If Adam wins it's some kind of vindication for coastal liberals and gay rights. If he loses it's because middle American hates gay people. Really. Even Iowa.
The New York Times went so far as to frame the finals as a battle between an Elvis (hip, cool, Adam) vs. a Pat Boone (lame ass middle American Kris).
I feel sorry for Kris in that such a perception implies that there is no reason to have voted or not voted for him other than your feelings about Adam's lifestyle and image. Apparently, Kris' own musical talent or lack thereof has nothing to do with it.
What's lacking here is a sense of history. Adam Lambert isn't a pioneer. He's a throwback to 70s-era rock gods. Likewise, Kris isn't Pat Boone. He's a throwback to sensitive 70s singer/songwriters.
Choosing between a Robert Plant and a Jim Croce doesn't require a similar choice in political philosophy and sexuality. It's a choice of musical style. No more. No less. And, honestly, how many of us have music collections that include both? I reckon most of us do.
Posted by at May 20, 2009 12:09 PM
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|# May 20th, 2009 8:22 PM kris|
|I think Adam's KISS medley nicely illustrated my point. Who likes KISS? The "red staters" that supposedly hate someone like Adam.
Lighten up, it's just music.
Damn - I totally missed an opportunity to get "Lighten up, Francis" in a post, didn't I?
|# May 20th, 2009 9:09 PM kris|
|Well get ready for a whole bunch of stories along the "America wasn't ready for Adam".
Anyway, I like them both, but I'm really glad Kris won. I could actually see getting his music in the future.
|# May 20th, 2009 10:05 PM kris|
|For me, the highlight of the entire show was watching the blind kid (Scott?) dance to "Do You Think I'm Sexy". That's the kind of high comedy that has me contemplating getting a ticket to the tour. |