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Konformist: Beast of the Year 1999: Jerry Springer

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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com
    Message 1 of 1 , May 9, 1999
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.


      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist

      Beast of the Year 1999*

      Jerry Springer, Trash TV Talk Show Host

      The votes are in, and The Konformist readers have spoken. Jerry Springer is
      your overwhelming choice for the 1999 Konformist Beast of the Year - a choice
      that is well deserved.

      Jerry Springer may not be the world's most evil man, but he is certainly one
      of the most shameless opportunists and exploiters of evil going. You want
      greed, hate, and treachery served to you, all with the self-satisfaction of
      watching people inferior to you? The Jerry Springer Show is the ticket. This
      award is not so much for what Jerry Springer is, but what he represents. The
      stories that have captured the attention of the American public seem to have
      a Springer-esque spin to them, whether they be a "love" affair that nearly
      destroys a deserving to be destroyed president to the mass shootings at
      WITH WEAPONS!" It really is no wonder why our society is as screwed up as it
      is, and it should be no surprise - considering that the most popular TV talk
      show has its format designed to encourage violent confrontation - that the
      violence ultimately spills out like it does. That the mentality that The
      Jerry Springer Show caters to is so popular is a sad indictment of American

      The Jerry Springer Show may be the current low point in trash pop culture,
      but the saddest thing is this is ultimately only a temporary title: soon
      enough, the next generation of trash talk show hosts will replace him, just
      as he has taken the mantle from the likes of Geraldo, Jenny Jones and Ricki
      Lake. In 1994, Platoon and JFK film-director Oliver Stone released Natural
      Born Killers, a film which savagely exposed modern America's sick appetite
      for destruction (and, unsurprisingly, was attacked by small-minded people for
      supposedly celebrating those urges.) Five years later, Stone's warning seems
      as urgent as ever. When a culture celebrates senseless violence, banality and
      shocking sensationalism, it is only a matter of time before people start
      following the model. Some people consider Littleton a wakeup call: a better
      description of the massacre would be a preview of things to come.


      Reverend Fred Phelps

      In the unlikely event that Mr. Springer can no longer fill his duties as
      Beast of the Year (such as doing something shockingly decent), Reverend Fred
      Phelps is ready to take over the crown. Rest assured the BOTY trophy is in
      good hands either way, as his mixture of hatred and Christianity is a brew
      that too many readers found irresistible.

      The Bronze:

      William Cohen

      If, on the unlikely event that both Mr. Springer and Reverend Phelps can't
      perform their Beastly duties, we always have William Cohen to fall back on.
      As the bombs continue to fall on Kosovo, Cohen, the Secretary of Defense,
      seems as safe of a bet as anyone to continue on the path of Beastly deeds.

      In any case, we salute you, Jerry, Freddie, and Billy. Congratulations, and
      keep up the great work!!!

      * Note: What about Peckergate?

      There are Beasts, and then there are MEGABEASTS. Peckergate is a MEGABEAST
      that has throbbed off the Beastly scale all year, outraging and shocking
      people like no event.
      Why, then, was it not one of the eight finalists for Beast of the Year?

      To begin with, to recognize the Beastliness of Peckergate is to announce that
      Cindy Crawford is attractive, or that Donald Trump has an ego. It is
      completely unnecessary.

      Further, though Peckergate is indeed detested, where do you focus the
      Beastliness at? Kommander Klinton? Hillary? Ken Starr? Linda Tripp? The list
      goes on and on: even BOTM winners Richard Mellon Scaife and Henry Hyde are
      too much part of the Peckergate Octopussy to be recognized individually.

      In the end though, there is a far greater reason why Peckergate is not Beast
      of the Year for 1999: with charges of rape swirling against Bill Klinton, it
      seems as though this story has only begun.

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