Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Eat your gruel you lazy bastards!

A people who think $250,000 a family is the average family income. In this unbelievably long and ripped-off Taibbi statement he makes clear that in modern 'murica there is no one, no how, no way, that can ever make even the simplest, inoffensive, and non-time consuming pro-union gesture:

Thus is wasn't exactly a surprise when former "proud union guy" Mike Golic came out slamming the gesture, nor was it a shock when serial hair-care products consumer/ESPN morning host Mike Greenberg insisted that 99% of the calls and emails ESPN got were critical of the players. The sports media establishment bashing player union "greed" isn't exactly a new broadcast meme.
But when I heard loudmouth large-nostriled afternoon host Colin Cowherd go off on unions in general on my way out of Lexington, I nearly had an aneurysm. Cowherd actually came out in support of the NFL players -- although his reasoning there wasn't exactly clear to me -- but he said that in general, he tended to be "anti-union" because unions apparently don't encourage elite performance and creativity, and instead just protect the lazy, the weak, the unremarkable. Then he went into this long rant about how great football players like Drew Brees were remarkable and irreplaceable, as are -- and this isn't a joke -- radio stars like Rush Limbaugh, and appalling American Idol douche-twat Simon Cowell.
Then, to steelworkers and teachers, he said this: "Steelworkers? I love you. But guess what? You can be replaced. You can't replace Rush."
And there's only one Simon Cowell, he said.
Leave aside for a minute the fact that Cowherd's concept of talent and specialness is completely fucked (not only is Simon Cowell not irreplaceable, he should have his head chopped off the next time he opens his mouth on national television) and forget also the obvious provocation of lionizing a fat, racist slob who hasn't worked an honest day in his life like Rush Limbaugh while simultaneously ripping steelworkers and teachers for being lazy. In fact it wouldn't be worth mentioning the views of this half-bright sportscaster at all, except that his underlying point, that the worth of human beings is measured entirely in how much capitalist revenue they generate, is now basically hegemonous in American society -- to the point where even ordinary people who decades ago would have been union workers or at least union supporters believe it implicitly.
Almost everyone who has a job is economically "replaceable," but shit, outside an Ayn Rand novel, there's more to it than that...

That kind of thinking is spreading, because our pop culture priests have succeeded in filling the population with shame and nervous self-loathing to the point where they think of anyone who isn't an employer as a parasite, and anyone who isn't rich and famous, or trying to be, as a loser. People even think of themselves this way, which is why there are so many down-and-out people voting to give tax breaks to the same bankers who've been robbing them for years, and booing when the mere concept of unions shows up for a few seconds in a football game. It's sad, and a lot of it's the fault of mean little assholes like Cowherd. Shame on him.

(via Charles Pierce)


JDM said...

Amen to that. Based on Delaware, I guess The Masters think we shouldn't be masturbating, either.

Privatize the Profits! Socialize the Costs! said...

Simon Cowell and Rush Limbaugh---irreplaceable?

Jesus H. Christ, watching too much TV really does turn people into idiots.

The more you watch it, the stupider you get.

Anonymous said...

another zombie reaganism that must die.

Rick said...

Today I took a dump... and replaced Simon Cowell. Tomorrow I'll take another dump... and replace Rush Limbaugh. It's easy if you don't try too hard.

someofparts said...

Well, in a random poll I conducted of your average guy at the local pub, not one, not even one of them, blamed the players. Everyone took the side of players against owners. Everyone.