Why do we Americans still get shocked?
What is the big deal about pubic hair? About an exposed nipple? About shocking comments concerning sex or politics or sexy politics? It’s embarrassing; pathetic; embarrassingly pathetic.
It also helps explain the rise and dominance of Lady Gaga., the cover girl of the current Rolling Stone.
As a singer, Gaga is good. Not amazing, but very good. What has sold her, however, is the “shocking” image. Gaga in crazy outfits. Gaga flipping people off at Citi Field. Gaga in her underwear, talking about lesbianism. The media reports the news, we absorb the news, Gaga makes millions upon millions of dollars. But, again I ask, why are we so shocked? You know what shocked me? 9/11. The Katrina. Tsunami. BP spill. A singer in a jeweled bra? Not so much.
I’ve lived through Madonna and Brit making out; through Janet at the Super Bowl; through Ellen admitting she was gay; through Tom and Katie. So on and so on. All shocking—all not really shocking at all.
Why do we care?