This post at The Onion’s A.V. Club blog rails against “Everything Sucksism.”
Another reason I’m pursuing this project is to refute what I like to call the “Everything Sucksism” afflicting popular culture, a cheap adolescent nihilism that delights in taking down celebrities and pop-culture entities that are already walking punchlines. “Everything Sucksism” reigns on E! and VH-1, where seemingly half the shows (especially those with “Awesomely Bad” in the title) consist of anonymous C-listers making agonizingly banal, snidely delivered comments about tacky celebrities and failed projects. Boy, that K-Fed isn’t a very good rapper! That Britney Spears sure is unencumbered by excesses of dignity and intelligence! Isn’t Paris Hilton worthless!? Wasn’t hair-metal lame?! Milli Vanilli sure was cheesy! And what’s up with The Macarena? What were we thinking?
Everything sucksism is ugly, it’s cheap, it contributes nothing of value to popular culture and worst of all, it’s not funny. Everything sucksism reduces all of human endeavor to a cheap punchline.
Good stuff. But am I the only one who thinks this is a bit pot-kettle-black coming from The Onion? You know, the publication that runs, in the A.V. Club section, a column called “The Hater” — which hates on celebs — and each week features “The Tolerability Index” (“A Guide To What We’re Barely Putting Up With This Week”).
Because, you know, that’s the spectrum of opinions: tolerable to unbearable. God forbid you actually like something. Thank goodness The Onion’s staying away from “anonymous C-listers making agonizingly banal, snidely delivered comments about tacky celebrities and failed projects.”