It’s the new acceptable hate.
If you don’t know who Bob Lefsetz is, just know that he is a gifted writer who takes on the music industry. I don’t always agree with him and he can be incredibly harsh but he’s refreshingly honest and he doesn’t hold back. So, when I got the Lefsetz Letter in my inbox today entitled Christina Aguilera At The Super Bowl (as I’m writing this post it’s not on his website yet) I was prepared for the bashing. I should have known better. Instead, you’ve just got to read it when it’s archived. He said what I was thinking as I was listening to rants from the general public about the musical performances at the Superbowl.
Thanks, Bob, for telling the audience “…if you think you can deliver under pressure, you’re sorely mistaken.”
Ok, so, the sound sucked. I think those of us on the performance side of the music industry would rather they just scale back the spectacle and get the sound right for both the audience in the stadium and the one watching from home. Either way, it’s a tall order but it’s not impossible. You certainly can’t please everyone with the artist selection but you can make damn sure they sound good. It just depends on where your priorities are and we all know the focus is football so….whatever.
To me, it all goes back to the character assassination that takes place every time a performer dare perform to a national audience. Do you have any idea the strength of character it takes to stand up there and deliver in front of that audience? Add to that the national pastime of tearing people apart when they’re done. Regardless of what you have going on in your personal, off-stage life, regardless of how many times you’ve performed or how many people you’ve performed in front of, it takes everything you’ve got and it takes absolutely nothing to sit there in a comfy chair and tell the whole world how much they suck, how dare they try and to laugh at the desire to want to shine, share a gift and use this thing that you are entirely made up of, consumed by and passionate about.
Why is it acceptable to tear somebody down just because they’ve reached some level of success or notoriety? Maybe because you don’t know what it’s like and don’t want to know what it’s like to put yourself in a place like that when you are imperfect, when you don’t have it all together and you are still capable of making mistakes both personally and professionally.