MTV Get Off The Air

You know, the more I think about this whole Janet Jackson/MTV flap, I realize that there’s nothing new to this at all. And it isn’t just a bunch of conservative tightwads complaining about seeing a breast. Rush Limbaugh sounded a bit like Howard Dean the other day saying he didn’t see what the scandal over a breast was. But everybody is still bothered by it. Mort Kondrake last night said we were in the midst of a cultural moment in America over the bit, and I think I know what he’s talking about.

People are sick of the idiocy. And MTV is the epicenter of cultural idiocy in America.

I’m reminded of Jello Biafra’s lyrics in the Dead Kennedy’s seminal song, “MTV: Get Off The Air”. They seem prescient reading them today:

How far will you go
How low will you stoop
To tranquilize our minds with your sugar
coated swill […]

See the latest rejects from the muppet show
Wag their tits and their dicks
As they lip-synch on screen […]

M.T.V Get off the
M.T.V Get off the
M.T.V Get off the air
Get off the air

But Jello wasn’t being prescient. He was talking about the same MTV that was around back then. It’s just that the country has gotten sick of it as well, its sophomoric attempts to be rebellious, its continuous and tiring fake energy with young people crowding stage as if they just can’t stop dancing, the obsession with celebrity, the way they build up stars and then tear them down again making fun of what they themselves said was cool just yesterday (or sometimes on a different show in the same day), all of it. It’s just that the world has finally caught up to Jello.

Though I don’t agree with Jello Biafra on many political or social issues, on this one, I say it’s about time.

Read the complete lyrics here.

Also, check Frontline’s Merchants of Cool.


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