Because you probably could not do it any better
Have you heard the term, “Monday morning quarterback?” It’s the guy, the one that played second string JV defensive linebacker in high school, telling everyone on Monday morning what the professional football team he watches should have done, what calls the coach should have made and what tackles should have been completed.
All of this, despite the fact he’s never competed past that junior varsity level and has no clue what it’s really like.
The Super Bowl brings another Monday morning person ... actually a few different types. It’s The Monday Morning Hair Stylist, Wardrobe Stylist, Music Critic, Performance Judge and Advertising Executive.
It’s people who don’t do any of these things for a living, but yet feel the need to criticize what people on TV are wearing or singing about; how they dance or that the commercials they are watching suck because it didn't make them laugh.
These two types of people collide today, the day after the Super Bowl. The morning QB's whine about missed opportunities, and that other group of people is a critic to everything else non-football related.
In particular is the much anticipated half time show. Every year, it’s the same thing. If the chosen entertainment is some “older” act, like the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney or Bruce Springsteen than the Millennial crowd will cry “who dis.”
And when it’s a “younger” act, like, oh I don’t know, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Coldplay, the late Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers will shout about how awful music is becoming.
And what’s worse, because they don’t like the music, these people are attacking with unnecessary, racially hateful barbs as well as attacks on personal appearance, political stance and ethnicity.
This is a sample if screen shots from the Breitbart Facebook Page, specifically attacking Beyonce.
It’s Nirvana’s lyrics coming to life .... “here we are now, entertain us.”
But what this comes down to is people are disliking a piece of art, and because of that, the artist is fat pig or an ungrateful, spoiled rich brat. This way of thinking is awful and a sad glimpse into the minds of Americans.
People are deducing that they don’t like the way Beyonce dances to a few seconds of Crazy In Love, so now she is uglier than Michelle Obama.
As someone that plays music for diverse audiences all the time, I know a thing or two about music tastes. I also know that the term “good music” is subjective.
So stop criticizing others. Stop with the vicious attacks. Just because you don’t like the way something sounds, doesn’t mean the person creating that sound is “ugly.”
Because in the end, all of this complaining means nothing. As my friend Matt says, “Let it be known, no one cares about what you think you are so sure of. You are not a politician, you don't know anything about political science or you'd be wise enough to not share idiotic political memes every five seconds.”
And further, you are likely not a hair or wardrobe stylist or a music critic or performance judge. It's time to put and end to the Monday morning bitch sessions. Either that or get up off that couch and make it to the Super Bowl halftime show and show us how you could make it better.
Because all this whining, complaining and being hateful only brings those similar hateful people into your life. A life that, for you, will likely wind up being unhappy and unfilled.
**Photos courtesy of The New York Times.