I keep wanting to ignore so-called "Popular Culture" and get back to having a life that revolves around thinking, rational humans who earn a living in ways that make sense, but pop culture keeps popping up on my TV, internet, radio, print media, etc., in ways that are virtually impossible to ignore. So here goes, again:
Britney Spears: I almost don't know what to say on this one. The "performance" at the VMA's was actually painful to watch, unless you happen to like being first on scene at a train wreck. That was supposed to be a comeback performance, and instead it might well have been the final nail in the coffin for her career. Britney Spears is a professional entertainer, and I emphasize the word "professional", and she has been for many years. A true professional gets the job done, no matter what else is going on. The best way to silence the rumors and get the world back on her side would have been to go out there and kick ass. She didn't. So, shout out to Brit: the world loves a comeback kid, and the only thing they'd love more than seeing you implode is seeing you rise and shine. So find someone you can trust who doesn't take bullshit, listen to them even when you don't like it, and get your shit together. This might be your last chance. Hell (and I can't believe I'm saying this), take a lesson from Lindsay Lohan -- I'm pretty sure she hasn't appreciated all the attention and being shuttled to rehab and all that, but she's playing along, because she seems to realize her career depends on it.
OJ Simpson: I guess my thought here is this... suppose you, the average person, has something stolen from you. At some point later in time, you get credible word that the stolen property is in the same hotel you're staying in, and you have the name and room number of the person who's got it. What would you do? Would you call the police, tell them the situation, and retrieve your stolen goods? Or would you round up some friends, barge into the room with a gun, and steal it? Just for a twist, consider that you were a pivotal figure in one of the most controversial, most publicized trials in history, and ponder whether or not you want to make more headlines for criminal activity. Just a thought.
Gay Bathroom Sex: I admit it, I've never had clandestine gay sex in a bathroom. I've actually never had gay sex of any kind, I'm hopelessly heterosexual. I wouldn't know a "signal" if one hit me over the head, and if someone was tapping their toes next to me, I'd probably just think they had the fidgets. But it does seem to me that sting operations ride a fine line with entrapment. Since gay sex is not illegal in most states, I'm a little confused about why you'd set up a sting operation in the first place, but they seem quite popular. Perhaps law enforcement enjoys publicizing the sexual orientation of those trying to hide it? Is law enforcement the ultimate "out" to closet gays?
Florida taser boy: If you struggle, fight, pummel, yell and otherwise resist arrest, you have to figure that sooner or later the police are going to take extreme measures to stop you. Get off your soapbox, you totally set that one up. Besides, anyone with half a brain can see you weren't there because you wanted to hear Kerry speak, and you sure as hell didn't want to hear his answer to your questions. You wanted a soapbox in a public forum, and to be the center of controversy. You should look up Ward Churchill and have a mutual self-love-in. Yes, I'm a liberal, but I have lots of friends in law enforcement, and they put up with a staggering amount of abuse. They too have the right to protect and defend themselves, and if you're beating the crap out of them and annoying everyone else around, they're going to stop you. Did you by any chance notice the applause as you were hauled off? People weren't there to hear you. They don't care. And now you're a joke.