The Egged Man
No one is sure why violist Natalie Holt pelted Simon Cowell with eggs during the Britain’s Got Talent
finale on U.K. TV last week, but we’re just going to pretend she was
protesting the way TV talent shows make a mockery of musical artistry.
Holt was part of a string ensemble backing schmaltzy finalists “Richard
and Adam” during their cheesy rendition of “The Impossible Dream”
(sorry, that’s redundant — there are only cheesy renditions of
“The Impossible Dream”). The singing duo carried on as Holt, sporting a
maniacal smile and laughing, got up and began throwing eggs at the head
judge. Holt either got a stern talking-to from the Got Talent
mafia or had a genuine change of heart; she apologized for her actions
later, calling them “silly.” We’re still calling them “heroic.”
Leave Toots Alone!
Toots Hibbert and the Maytals majorly helped shape and popularize Reggae, but Toots never got the big payday received by artists influenced by him.
Bad Rapper Gets Bad Rap
In early May, weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, an
aspiring teen rapper from Massachussetts was thrown in jail and denied
bail for making “terroristic threats.” The threats came in the form of
some horrible (artistically) Rap lyrics posted on his Facebook page:
“Fuck a boston (bombing) wait til u see the shit I do, I’ma be famous
for rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me” (maybe
his dope flow makes it sound better?). Perhaps realizing that his
greatest crime is merely against the English language (and Hip Hop, as a
whole), a grand jury has declined to indict the teen.