James St James raised the red flag in yesterday’s podcast. Simon Cowell is a bully. Cowell’s homophobic attacks and sophomoric fat jokes have found favor not just with American Idol but with executives at two rival networks. Why? Because bullies rule! (witness Dick Cheney).
Cowell is successful because he hides behind his accent and arched eyebrows, posing as a critic. Our culture has a strange relationship with criticism. We are a touchy-feely nation, eager to emotionalize all things. This handicaps our judgement and undermines our analytical abilities. Combine that with our penchant for all things politically correct and BAM we have ground zero for bullies!
As the Cowellization of America continues, we will all get to witness more innocent victims dodge Cowell’s bullets. If only we could get Cowell invited on a Cheney hunting trip.
– Randy Barbato