Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Miss Teen South Carolina Wants to Thank Biff, Sally and Barf, From the Bottom of Her Heart
The nice thing about being on the road is getting to watch the morning shows.
I am not making that up.
After all, when I’m home—what with dogs to walk and cats to feed and newspapers scattered across the lawn by the delivery guy who drives 80 miles an hour down the street, swerving from one curb to the other like one of those getaway drivers on Bad Boys and tossing out at each swerve a clump of papers held together by nothing more than slim rubber bands that burst on impact—I never get a chance to turn on the television, flip through the perky morning news shows and find out exactly what’s happening in the world that I need to know in order to get through the day.
Thanks to being on the road, however, with no dogs or cats to feed and no newspapers to reassemble, I can find out just what I’ve been missing by tuning into the local Morning Show, with cheery hosts Biff and Sally and Barf all sitting on sofas for some strange reason.
Does anybody sit on sofas any more except people on television?
In any event, what I’ve been missing, according to Biff and Sally and Barf—and I am not making this up—is a “gaffe” that occurred at a recent beauty pageant, when Miss Teen South Carolina had a hard time answering a question.
That's right: that was the lead story.
Seems that when Miss Teen South Carolina was asked why Americans are so stupid they can’t locate the United States on a map, the poor girl said, and I quote from one of the 600 billion blogs that have been written about this important news story:
I personally believe that U.S. [sic] Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and I believe that they should, our education over here in the US should help the US, er, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children.
And that’s what I’ve been missing, according to Biff and Sally and Barf.
Now, "Miss Teen South Carolina" is, by definition, a teenager. Also, she was on a stage, presumably, in front of an audience.
With television cameras running.
And I don’t know many teenagers who could express a more intelligent answer to the question of why Americans are so stupid they can’t locate their own country on a map than what Miss Teen South Carolina came up with, on a stage, in front of an audience, with television cameras running.
If she'd been running for office, say, or had already been elected to office—now, that might be news.
On the other hand, if she was a former Vice President named Dan Quayle, Biff and Sally and Barf might not have noticed, for Quayle frequently gave incoherent responses to similarly simple questions, as with this gem:
What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.
Do we really expect more of our teenagers than we do our Vice Presidents?
Nevertheless, based on my brief, channel-flipping exercise before heading out to get some work done today, the morning shows actually serve a higher purpose than some might suspect.
That’s right, I said “higher purpose.”
And that higher purpose is this: by bringing into our homes each day a set of talking make-up dolls named Biff, Sally and Barf—whose lives are clearly so empty and devoid of meaning that you actually find yourself feeling sorry for them, trapped on that sofa as they are, with a video of the incoherent Miss Teen South Carolina running on big screens all around them—the shows prove that no matter how depressed you are by your lot in life at that particular moment, and no matter what self-destructive thoughts may be passing through your mind at that particular moment, and no matter how much you want to swap lives with somebody else at that particular moment…there are at least three other people on earth whose lives are even less meaningful at that particular moment than yours.
And they are sitting on a sofa together.
In fact, I have no doubt that right now, as you read this, Miss Teen South Carolina is watching her local morning news program with a thankful tear in her eye and a grateful lump in her throat.
And she wants to say, from the bottom of her heart,
“Thank you, Biff, Sally and Barf!”
She’s feeling a hell of a lot better about herself already.
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