Hanging with Britney and some truckers.Posted: March 27, 2009 | |
Let me start out by saying this post is not about politics, though it does involve a politician. Its about creepiness. Its about bad taste. Its about a really lousy story to cover a bad choice. It is about a man in his late 40’s going to a Britney Spears concert.
Congressman Eric Cantor was seen attending a Britney Spears concert. Now some folks took issue with the fact that he attended this event while the President made a major speech. I don’t. Lets face it, everyone needs their down time. I can’t fault the guy for protecting his time off. I work for a municipal government; I don’t cancel my plans every time the mayor decides he has something to say.
On the other hand, I don’t ever plan to be at a Britney Spears show.
Let’s face it, there is only one sentence that exonerates a 40 something man from being looked at askance when the word gets out that he was seen at this sort of event. “I took my daughter”. That sentence moves the man in question from potentially creepy to super dad. Mr. Cantor didn’t bring his daughter. If his daughter is a fan of Ms. Spears, his attendance without her places him in the lousy dad category as well as the potentially creepy one.
No non “I took my daughter” excuse is remotely close to acceptable.
Now, in the absence of the only legit reason to be at this show, Mr. Cantor points out that he was at a fundraiser for his political action committee put on by The Truckers Association. I recognize one doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but in this case I’m thinking maybe he could walk the gift horse a couple days in either direction and do the event at a Washington Capitals game? “I was hanging out in a box with a bunch of truckers watching Britney Spears cavort.” The creepiness factor rises exponentially.
Perhaps there was a good reason for him to be there entertainment wise. Lets talk a little about Spears and her talent.
This is Mr. Cantor, who went to a Britney Spears concert without his daughter, to hang out in a box full of truckers. Look at him. If I had a daughter and a guy that looked like him was looking at her, I’d have to notify the authorities.
Let me sum up my position. Saying you did something of truly questionable taste (like going to watch Britney) that made you look like a perv because thats what a bunch of guys who spend days living alone inside their trucks and showering in truck stops wanted to do is generally not good policy, whether it is true or not.