I mean, it's certainly not heroism. I don't even know what that means. Maybe it's more like terrorism, I mean, terrorists need you to hear them, that's why they do what they do. They're not being heard, so they scream louder, and eventually so loud that they go crazy. But they're not wrong that there's something profoundly wrong in the world, and they think they know what it is, and they need it to stop. And it's like, there's a billion ways that could go wrong, and that's what 4/20 means to me, because there has to be at least one way for it to go right. We just haven't figured it out yet.
Anyway, that's why I cried all through Kick-Ass, and why I watched it today in particular, and why Idol Gives Back has, at least tonight, swung back around to something that is a very good idea: Because that feeling is very specific, and very frightening, and represented as intelligently in that movie (that's the entire movie) as it is dumbassedly but just as legitimately by the Teabaggers, even if they're being led around by that feeling for vile reasons.
Because that feeling -- needing the world to be better -- is real, and it's not going anywhere. And it seems to me, like, if you think about it enough you might get so mad that -- instead of just killing Sharon Tate and thinking you've done your job -- you could actually be forced to go out and do something really wonderful. That you might be reminded of something really precious that the rest of us forget. That maybe screaming isn't the only solution. That we can do better than that. That we can do better.
Watch Crystal Bowersox break down during her performance.
Is Simon deliberately sabotaging Idol?
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