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Monday, December 01, 2008

Change We Can Recoil From

I greet with horror the news that MTV is going to host an inaugural ball for President-elect Obama in January. Happily, if it doesn't involve teen reality drama involving backstabbing frenemies, probably no MTV viewer will watch it.

I think Obama's charisma, and his ability to reach out to what we in the South call "yutes," is an important and valuable quality. But have we forgotten the cringe-inducing, worshipful spectacle of Michael Stipe and Natalie Merchant singing To Sir With Love in 1993 to Bill Clinton? Did anyone think what the Clintons needed was a greater sense of entitlement? Has no one at Viacom read Santayana?

Posted by Paul Horwitz on December 1, 2008 at 05:44 PM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink

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