Americans need to stop celebrating stupidity

How reality TV stars, politicians and rappers are toxic to society

Alex DeSimone, Contributing Witer

Why do we, as Americans, allow our political and cultural lives be represented by figures who—more often than not—pay no attention to creating a refined image for themselves?

Is it something in the water?

Any time a figure climbs up the social ladder, there will obviously be attempts to degrade their name; however, sometimes the accusations of idiocracy and poor decision making skills are a painfully accurate reflection of that person.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was, without a doubt, one of the most ridiculous shows to come on the air—even for TLC’s standards. The concept of the show was truly unnerving: a rural family that purchases goods with a trove of coupons, lives next to train tracks, and sometimes has their child participate in beauty pageants. The program serves no intellectual purpose, and contributes nothing to any possible current dialogue.

The people who make up the population of “reality television” are simply uninteresting and offer little personality, but since
they’re on the T.V. they must be worth listening to.

How about the newly elected Congressional representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know what her
job actually entails. First, Congressmen don’t get inaugurated, they get sworn in; and when they enter office, their job is not to sign bills, it is the President’s. Secondly, she favors the abolition of ICE, yet, she joined the chant of “Si, Se Puede!” during her victory speech.

This chant, created by Cesar Chavez (a supporter of strict immigration laws), represents the opposite of what she aims to do.
This hypocrisy is amazing. She spoke about ICE violating human rights, while her podium donned a variation of the aforementioned poster with her face on it. Unfortunately, this sort of on-the-job ineptitude is common enough, and I’m sure you can think of some examples.

Beyond television and politics, we still see stupidity manifesting as popular figures—in music, it is arguably the most dramatic. Spotify has over eight-thousand “artists” with a name starting in “Lil.” How wildly creative.

If we travel up the food chain to the more popular rappers (whose name make even less sense), we see our generations Mozart: XXXTentacion. This man has been hailed as a “prophet,” but deserves a title closer to “evil.”

Yet on a confession tape, X confessed to stabbing nine people and beating his girlfriend; yet, after his death, the rapper’s
memorialization is yet to cease.

As a society, we need to stop making stupid people famous. We allow simpletons to entertain us, leaders apathetic to their job’s
needs govern us, and terrible men to be the face of our culture. This surely, cannot be what we desire; by no means am I aiming to defame these figures, but we need to step up and create a more narrow funnel to fame, a funnel that requires morality and good deeds to represent the American populace—not idiocracy and violence.