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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Semioli: Never Mind the ‘Roids of Summer: That’s Entertainment!

Screw STP…I Call My Baby STP!

Question: What do baseball player Ryan Braun and rock singer Scott Weiland have in common? Answer: They are both entertainers who have lost their jobs at one time or another due to drug allegations!

Fortunately for Weiland, his chosen entertainment profession is that of a rock star, so he continues to ply his craft and earn money, even after he was fired from his regular gigs. The supposedly “Stoned” Temple Pilot and Velvet Revolver crooner is currently on a summer tour singing his former band’s iconic 1990s anthems with a new ensemble. Ryan Braun is professionally inactive: he cannot ply his craft nor earn money.

It is acceptable in America for rock stars to take drugs. Their tales of debauchery entertain us, along with the music. I have no idea if Scott Weiland is clean or not—I hope he is as I am entertained by his work and I wish him a long career and continued success. I have no idea if Ryan Braun is clean or not =- I hope he is as I am entertained by his work and I wish him a long career and continued success.

...Most American rock fans don’t take offense when their favorite rock entertainers use drugs. Baseball fans purchased product in record numbers during the “steroid era” of baseball entertainment. And when steroid use shortens the careers of certain baseball entertainers—new baseball entertainers, some of whom use drugs, take their place. Same deal with rock stars: when one dies or a career fades, another band comes along with songs and stories often fueled by drug experiences. The games and the gigs continue to thrive. And so do the drugs.

In America, that’s entertainment!

Repoz Posted: July 31, 2013 at 09:01 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2013 at 01:47 PM (#4509139)
Always baffled that anyone would think this argument would be compelling. "Cheating" has to take place within a competition; baseball is a competition; music is an art form. Even when music is explicitly presented in the form of a competition (e.g. American Idol), the listeners are still experiencing it artistically. And even if baseball could theoretically be experienced as an art form where game results and statistics are irrelevant, no one does that.

What is the point of even pursuing this line of thinking? Why not just say that people who eat food have a competitive advantage in life over people who don't eat food, therefore food-eaters are equivalent to PED users? I'm sure that'd win over the world. There are plenty of good arguments against the idea that PED in baseball is a pernicious plague that must be rooted out tree and branch at any cost; there's no need to resort to this one.
   2. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 31, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4509180)
The Beatles were cheating when they got Eric Clapton to do a guitar solo.

And Gene Simmons, you're not that tall!
   3. homerwannabee Posted: July 31, 2013 at 08:52 PM (#4509724)
I wonder, would the Harlem Globetrotters be considered an "art form"? If baseball has/had a Harlem Globetrotters type team I would probably consider that "art".

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