Idols

Steven Wells:

Our problem with Idol is that it is honest. It takes the hood off a business run by unimaginative, drugged-up, greedy, short-sighted, talentless, tasteless, arrogant capitalist scum with shit haircuts (same as every other business, except for the haircuts). Complaining about Idol is like watching a warts’n’all documentary about pornography and then moaning that it’s seedy and exploitative and – oh my lord — edited to be entertaining.

A similarly honest expose of the “alternative” music scene would presumably draw attention to indie’s unexamined white, middle-class privilege, its stagnant monoculturalism (especially when compared to manufactured pop), its super-diluted ideological veneer, and its never-admitted insitutionalised sexism and racism.

He’s right, I think. Another thing you, I mean I, never see on the ‘Idol’-style shows is rappers, even though these are among the biggest ‘idols’ out there. The manifold reasons for this are all fairly obvious.

Though I think Rio Ferdinand was planning on putting together his own version of ‘Rap Idol’ a while back.

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