I was thinking last night that I haven’t ranted in a while and then BAM like a strike of lightning something happened that got me really fucking annoyed. And now the preface.
I understand the idea behind “America’s Got Talent” and that it’s not really who has the most talent, if that were the case Illuminati would’ve won, but about who is the most popular. And if there is one thing for sure that originality goes, somewhat, punished on the show. Of course I am speaking somewhat in order to raise an eyebrow but I do feel that a band in the “America’s Got Talent” showcase got screwed out of a slot because of their risk at being original.
Wordspit and the Illist is a band that oozes creativity and originality and got punished for performing an original, yes original, song on “America’s Got Talent”. The show that touts and endorses unique and “original” acts to grace their stage bounced this band when it had a chance to save them last night.
No, I assure you, I am not some jaded fan of theirs. I do, however, enjoy their music and presence on stage.
It’s something, that I feel, is a problem in America right now. Originality and creativity is shunned until, of course, it catches speed and then all of the sudden the “nay-sayers” come out of the woodwork to claim they were fans all along.
I don’t understand it.
Maybe it’s just me and maybe I am missing something, this wouldn’t be the first time. And, of course, there is always the simple idea that no one enjoyed this band, but based on the judges, who don’t speak for all of America, they all agreed that this band was something special. There was a turning point though when Howie and Sharon both said they shot themselves in the foot for doing an original song which, undoubtedly, cost them some points because people go on the judges recommendations for some reason.
The issue at hand though isn’t this one particular band, it’s society as a whole. I know people want to fit in and be cool but, again maybe just me, I don’t operate like that. I love seeing new and exciting things and love to discuss and determine whether or not I, not you, like and enjoy it. People who do original things are often cast aside for some cookie cutter idea that is a copy of a copy of a copy, I just don’t fully understand it. And, naturally, that original idea comes forth and becomes a big hit, see Taylor Swift.
This post may not be seen by a lot of people, hell it may not be seen by anyone, but I beg of you, America, please don’t punish originality. If you don’t like something that is completely fine but don’t punish creativity because they didn’t play a cover of “We Are Young” by Fun. “America’s Got Talent” is also to blame considering they lead in by saying the band is taking a “risk” doing an “original song” giving a negative thought at the start. Creativity and originality should be praised not looked at like a person playing in traffic.
Please, stop the madness.