Again, long time no post, Blogworld. My b. I think this is Exhibit A in a litany of reasons why I should not have children or pets in the near future. I cannot even tend to my self-indulgent world of pop culture commentary, let alone a living, breathing being! But enough about my lack of nurturing instincts, I have heard the clamors and will neglect no further.
Anywhooo much has changed in the world since I last wrote. The Big 12 survived (12 not XII for those of you interested in AP Style, although in the now 10-team format it may or may not become irrelevant), soccer became cool, and subsequently not-that-cool, and Miley became even more outrageous.
I'll post more about the new Big 12/10/Whathaveyou another time. That is a post unto itself, and believe me, I have opinions. I'm sure you're shocked.
On the subject of World Cup Soccer, I'm totally a bandwaggoner. I never watched soccer before this, but hey, I figure international competitions are the one time it's a free pass to bandwagon. Can anyone really get ticked at you for supporting your own country? Bandwagonning to the Lakers, bad (Side note: been finding all the "Lakers" fans out there highly annoying as of late). Bandwagonning to the USA, good. Why do you think everyone loves the song "Party in the USA?" Because we like to throw our hands up, but also because we love our country. Also, I have learned that I have a sports tendency. I like watching sports where scoring is infrequent and play is very physical- hence why I really like football, hockey, and now soccer! I'm not going to pretend I'm all of a sudden a superfan of soccer, or even that I'll really watch it much, but it is a very exciting sport! I can see why the rest of the world gets crazy (wayyy too crazy) about it. Too bad the US didn't advance further. I was hoping to have a new dream team on our hands.
Now onto the real subject I want to cover, and you can think Miss Destiny Hope for this one. I tried to lay off Miley for a while, but she has literally become the poster child for skanky youth (one could make the argument for Lindsay Lohan on that one, but a) she's no longer a child and b) she's more wholesale trainwreck than skank). Every outfit she wears is more scandalous than the next. Here are the problems with all this: she's underage, she's very famous, and her transition is happening in the midst of her children's show that is still airing. Frequently. But it's not just her, there is an entire (to paraphrase Mean Girs) army of underage skanks. See the horrors pictured below.
Now it's no secret that I am a fan of the Kardashians, ridiculous though they may be. But I ran across this picture yesterday, and the younger Jenner sisters on each side of Kim and Kortney are just tragic. Any guesses how old they are? 18? 20? Not even. 12 and 14!!! Let me paint the picture for you of what I looked like at ages 12 and 14: gawky, brace-faced, and framed by beautiful Dwight Schrute-esque bangs. Truly a sight to behold, I assure you. But here's the point: everyone is supposed to look like a major dork at that age- it's a part of growing up! What kind of model does this show to young girls? This is not what they should be aspiring to!!
I think this world is too p.c. nowadays. No one wants to offend anyone, so it's all about "well, I guess that works for them." We think that doing away with social constructs such as age appropriateness makes us seem like a more foward-thinking society. I think it just makes us idiots who think its ok for little girls to run around looking like 25-year-olds. Or maybe that is becoming the new social construct. I hope not. I don't want my brother or the kids that I will someday (again, not soon) have to grow up in a world like that.
Ok, that post took a totally serious turn. I'll be back with more lighthearted banter asap!