praise. No wonder my complaints about Bush go nowhere, people think I'm praising him. Is it part of that reversal thing in youth culture where bad=good and phat=good and sick=good and killer=good.
Ah, I grow old, I grow old, shall I wear my trousers rolled,
Do I dare to eat a peach?
F*ckin' A I do.
While visiting my girlfriend in Buffalo, NY, we went to a concert with a friend of hers and the friend's boyfriend.
The concert headliner was a band called HED PE, a mix of rap and heavy metal. Now, I don't have anything against either music style, there are examples of each that I like. Nor do I mind some of the focus on frustration and hate, music to me is an expression of emotion and there is much of each in the present times.
But what I do mind about the current counter-culture that has grown the past 10-15 years, is just the lack of principles, and the way popular individuals, such as the band, spew them.
For example, of the hour the band was on stage, they played music for 32 minutes. The rest was a politically charged sermon. The lead singer complained about Christianity's (and other religions) oppression of women, yet advised the group (mostly male) that they should just take b*%@&%s and force their way with them. He also complained about capitalism, how it creates such a great focus on the almighty dollar, yet then praised the music industry and how it can raise up (his words) "no talent b$&%@^s like Lindsey Lohan and Ashlee Simpson," and allow them to use whatever skills they have to make a buck.
Another rant complained about our government's choice to invade Iraq, that it was all due to oil, while no more than 7 minutes later he said that because of 9/11 all "towelheads" should die. Finally, his parting message to the group was to either avoid or intentionally mess with cops because they were "pigs."
Besides the fact that the guy contradicted himself multiple times, the messages that he was sending (and the crowd was eating up) were just wrong. While proclaiming themselves the protectors of free society and the American way, he was encouraging the fans to destroy it. And the worst part of it is, this is not limited to this one group. I have seen similar messages from numerous other groups, and its just sad.
Sorry about the rant, the experience last night left me rather annoyed and rattled.