Who remembers Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
Yeah, that’s the guy. The scene above he’s calling the principal, pretending to be Sloan’s father. Yeah, you remember that voice. Ugh, bless Cameron. Dear, sweet Cameron.
Last night, I was talking like Cameron all over the place.
It started with the one-liner “I’m knee-deep in terror!” To be perfectly honest with you, I have no idea where it came from. I was hanging around with my roommate, AKA my sister, AKA Julia, AKA Julia Goolia, and that’s what came out of my mouth. I didn’t get it from anywhere but the back of my brain, which is a scary enough place to begin with. Not only did I say it, but I said it in the way Cameron yells at the principal when he says “Call me sir, God damn it!”
Now, here’s where I’m curious. The word “terror” popped up. I told Julia I was going to put it on Facebook (which I did). She thought that wouldn’t be appropriate because of the word “terror,” which could in fact mean terrorism. I was cheeky in that moment and said, “Well, Julia, if I put quotes around it, they don’t know if it was me saying it or not, do they?” (Who is this they anyways?)
*Insert Emma Stone saying “OH BURN!” here*
But did I really burn her? No, I did not. She’s kind of accurate, really. Yes, I just admitted that my sister is kind of accurate. Don’t ring the alarm. Only do that when the words “kind of” aren’t in front of the other word.
Anyways, my point. I started to wonder if I really could get into trouble for writing the word terror. I mean, if the right (or wrong) person came along, could they really do anything about it? I mean, this is America. The free country that isn’t all that free. We’re safer, yes. We have the essentials provided to us for the most part, yes. But what about our rights?
What about my right as a human being to say words like “terror” and really just mean the word I said, not an added “ism” or “ist” to it? Since when did a word trigger an attack on people? There are slang words that one should never say, but a word like terror shouldn’t be affiliated to a group of people. Or should it?
I don’t know. Perhaps I am out of my element and took a simple conversation to my blog for no reason at all. But I am curious.
Day 16 – Your views on mainstream music.
I really have no issue with mainstream music. I think if an artist wants to “sell out” and change their ways for big business, that’s their choice. I think if fans want to follow them, that’s their choice. I think if people want to like a singer/band because they are mainstream, that’s their choice.
What it really comes down to is that I don’t know many people who put forth money when they don’t like the music they hear. Mainstream is going to exist no matter what. People “jumping on the bandwagon” isn’t a horrible idea. Maybe they didn’t know about the artist until they got popular.
I honestly find it more annoying when people throw in the “I’ve been listening to so-and-so band for years, WAY before they were ever popular.” My response? “Um, okay.” I don’t care when you started liking a band, I really don’t. Yeah, I’ve been listening to Hanson since 1997 when Middle of Nowhere came out. It was mainstream back then. Hanson isn’t mainstream anymore. They’re “coming back” a little, but I don’t think they’ll ever be mainstream again. I still love them. I don’t brag about it. I talk about them a lot, but it’s not bragging. I just love their music. I didn’t give up on Hanson because I always liked them, not because they were popular.
The other example I want to throw in is Lady Gaga. Yeah, we all know who she is, don’t we, little monsters? I won’t admit to absolutely loving her, but I have respect for her. She fascinates me. She has interesting music. She’s fiercely talented. She is also mainstream. There are individuals don’t like to hear that because some people who love her are the people who reject mainstream anything, but at the end of the day she is in fact a mainstream artist. She is also an example of mainstream not being a factor anymore. There isn’t a stereotype audience for Lady Gaga. She simply is Lady Gaga. She was born this way, baby.
This all goes back to my freedom rant above. People have the right to like whatever they want. Who cares if it’s mainstream? Yeah, maybe those artists take the spotlight from hidden artists, but if you like the other artists, who cares about where they end up on a popularity chart? Popularity equals more recognition, yes, but that’s how the world works. It’s not just music or entertainment. It’s everything. You don’t have to conform. You don’t have to reject. All you need to do is love what you love, and the rest isn’t important.
How do you feel about mainstream music?
What is freedom to you?