Monday, September 09, 2002

American Idol at the Lincoln Memorial?

There's a controversy over whether to have American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson sing the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial on September 11.
For Chrissakes, a kid wins a reality TV show and now she's supposed to sing on the one year anniversary of the worst attack in history on American soil?
Why don't we get Tina from Survivor 2 to read the fucking Gettysburg Address afterwards? Then maybe we can get Ethan from Survivor 3 to address the families of victims of the WTC and the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania plane crash.
Maybe one of the Fear Factor champs can lead the nation in prayer.
No, no, no.
This is commercialism at it's most hideous.
To mark an occasion so solemn with an appearance from a giggling pop culture TV contest winner nobody ever heard of four months ago is beyond tasteless.
Kid singers like Kelly and Britney are okay, but even Ray Charles, Kathleen Battle or Barbra Streisand would be a bit commersh for September 11.
Someone needs to get a clue and stop trying to turn a day of mournful dignity into a cheesy TV special.

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