Is it just me or is the repeated use of the "f" word in the original post a sign of not only what is becoming acceptable today, along with the behavior that this entire post is about?
My apologies for the repeated use of the dreaded "f" word. I'm sorry. The "Seven Words You Can't Say On Television" now extends to Toledo Talk, at least for me.
"400,000 words in the English language...and 7 you can't say on television...they must be baaaaaaad words" -- George Carlin.
Forgive me, for I know not whom I offend.
You could almost argue that the message she is being brought in to help spread is to stop people like you ...."Freak", "Half-Wit"...yeah nice flash back to middle school name calling. I bet you were just a treat to your fellow classmates back then. Or were you bullied and this is your way of getting back at those that oppressed you by putting other people down?
Your armchair psychology is rather pathetic. So either I was the bully or I was bullied and that explains everything? Pfffft.
I had fights in school. I had friends in school. I had people I didn't like in school. I met people I love to this day. I sat at the "nerd" table and I sat at "jock" table. I remember what it felt like being embarrassed in front of what seemed like the whole school and getting teased about it. I now regret joining some other kids teasing someone else who was also embarrassed at a different time. It's called being a kid. Ups and downs. And entirely not the point of the post.
As for your response, it seems like you are a little sensitive to bullying. Were you a bully...or were you the bullied one? If we use your logic, it's the only thing to explain your response. Move over on that armchair, buddy...
Hmmmm....me saying she's a "freak". OK, if you saw this (meat dress!), this , or this walking down the street, you wouldn't say "wow, freaky chick"? You'd engage her in debate on Proust and the intricacies of multiple regression analysis? Sure...
Quote from justasooner: "Also I would suggest listening to her sing when it is just her and a piano with nothing else - plenty of videos on YouTube - and you'll notice how your characterization of her singing talents would be off base."
Quote from oldhometown: "What the ---- [bad word--bad, bad, bad word] does this freak know about anything... except singing ...and why are we letting her in the White House?
I acknowledge she is a decent singer. A great voice. The whole point is what she is not : any sort of public policy expert that needs to waste the time of people in the White House. And yes, you can extend this to a lot of other "celebs" who are there for their pet project (although I think Mr. T was there for Christmas, not exactly a pet project). Take it from someone who has interviewed a lot of celebrities of every stripe, practically none of them are any sort of smart or experts in anything other than their primary talent--acting, singing, dancing, etc. They know their lines and repeat them after softball questions. That's it...and that's also why I said "half-wit". I apologize for going to far with that one, as her interviews seem to be somewhat more together than your typical pop star. However, just because she went to NYU for a couple semesters doesn't make her brilliant, nor an effective public policy advocate. Nobody in D.C. is going to say "jump on board--GaGa [or insert celebrity here] is behind this one!"
But bottom line: she's going there because it's a place to be seen. There will be cameras. And the press will fawn and she will get more coverage...(oh-oh...wait...we have a report from ABC News!) And it will be mentioned for a total of about 5 seconds on the news. On the other hand, perhaps if she produced anti-bullying PSAs for children's television programming on network television and PBS (that repeated often), maybe that would be a better use of everyone's time and more effective. That is my criticism of this--that it is more about her than any of the issues since brought up on this board about bullying. It's about coverage. It's about more media attention to her. Note the linked to ABC report that just had to include a breathless "fashion update".
P.S.--When Elvis visited Nixon, he went to talk about the bad influence the Beatles music and drug culture had on youth. Hey wait--Elvis was sort of an expert...as he died a prescription drug-addled mess 7 years later.
lfrost: I am sorry about your friend. That is terrible.