With all the stupidity in America, you’d think there’d be no shortage of writing material. And you’d be right! While I never wanted this blog to be one of those things that just reacts to current events, some things are just too important not to be addressed.
Things like The Beatles.
Check out this recent beauty from Salon:
Here, Amanda Marcotee uses the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album to blame men for…something.
I mean, look at this:
“…and that wasn’t a good thing.”
“…serious fare for serious guys.”
You can hear the condescension. And it’s insulting to men and women.
First they came for video games, and I didn’t say anything.
Then they came for comic books, and I didn’t say anything.
But now they’ve come for The Beatles, and it’s on.
It’s The Beatles. They were not only talented composers and brilliant performers, but they aimed for the cheap seats. Their intended audience was Earth. How can one be so deluded as to think there are no hardcore female Beatles fans, or rock fans in general?
Oh. The author is Amanda Marcotte.
This is all so dumb. According to the zeitgeist (German for: “collective insanity”), men have had it too good for too long and now they’ve got to pay.
Forget that nearly everyone likes The Beatles.
Forget that rock and pop as we know it wouldn’t be what it is, for better or for worse, without The Beatles.
Forget that The Beatles made music for men and women alike.
Forget that there are hundred of artists pre- and post-Sgt. Pepper that appeal primarily to women.
Forget that it’s The friggin’ Beatles we’re talking about here.
In the Sixties, music was seen as a unifying force. Male and female counterculture gurus alike were the ones championing how SERIOUS and IMPORTANT Sgt. Pepper and rock music in general was. Music and love would save us. Sure, it was pie-in-the-sky stuff, but at least mainstream leftists back then were into using pop culture to bring people together.
But it got lots of icky boys into rock music, so it must be destroyed. Because here in Current Year, We Know Better.
Yes, I have a personal attachment to this album, and The Beatles in general.
No, Sgt. Pepper isn’t my favorite album of theirs (hello Revolver).
Yes, rock and roll has gotten entirely too preposterous and culturally irrelevant.
But enough is enough. Disliking the music on Sgt. Pepper is one thing. I like contrarians! They keep things interesting! Using Sgt. Pepper as a club to once again bash one-half of the human population is stupid, destructive, and needs to be called out.
How dare young boys find a thing like music to devote their time attention to! Who do men think they are, making music and creating subcultures that men might enjoy!
No one wants to end women-only things–at least, no one sane. And no one who is sane wants sex segregation in America–unless you’re taking about boxing or something like that.
It’s all so stupid. See, at least video game enthusiasts fought back against this. Comic fans are trying, but Marvel is already a lost cause. Movies have their own issues.. Music is already firmly in the grip of The Beige Ones, but again: these are The Beatles we’re talking about.
Western Civilization cannot stand if we let The Beatles be ruined too. Even though if they were around today they’d probably be boring, beige, doctrinaire adherents to this kind of junk themselves (well, maybe not George).
And their music would have suffered for it.
So let’s just enjoy The Beatles sans all identity politics, because the beautiful thinkg about their music is that it appeals to everyone.
Except for their cover of “Mr. Moonlight.” That can be sacrificed on the Altar of Beigeness.
In case you were wondering…
…here is my ranking of Beatles albums. Come fight me (in the comments):
- The Beatles
- Past Masters Vols. I and II
- Abbey Road
- A Hard Days Night
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- Rubber Soul
- Please Please Me
- Let It Be
- With the Beatles
- Magical Mystery Tour
- Yellow Submarine
- Beatles for Sale
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