American Idol Gives Back, I Give Up

I don't know about you, but I had a really hard time watching Idol Gives Back last night.

Maybe it's because my fishbowl needed cleaning.

Maybe it's because I had loads of laundry to get done.

Maybe it's because I had to rearrange my sock drawer.

In other words... it was boooooooooor innnnnnnnnnnng.

Yes, there were huge stars like Brad Pitt, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Reese Witherspoon.

Yes, there were great performances by Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus, Fergie and Heart.

Yes, there were moving documentary vignettes with the likes of Bono showing all the good that can and is being done thanks to Idol Gives Back.

But I still found it boooooooooor innnnnnnnnnnng.

Blame some of it on the fact that they taped the show four days earlier. By the time I sat down to watch, I had already read a bazillion reviews of the show and seen a gazillion pictures online. I already knew that Miley Cyrus would sing twice. I knew that Robin Williams would do a foreign Idol contestant impression. I knew Fergie was going to do cartwheels. There were no surprises for me.

You can blame more of my Idol apathy on the fact that much of the show came across to me like a PBS pledge drive, or what people frequently refer to as a "beg-a-thon."

As a reviewer, I can't offer you a critique of the show from beginning to end because, frankly, I didn't watch the show from beginning to end. Which ought to tell you something.

Plus, TBS was showing a Family Guy mini-marathon that I kept switching over to. Oh that Stewie and Brian. Will they ever stop their playful bickering and pranks?

On top of all that, I have a somewhat difficult time listening to huge stars who make beaucoup bucks ask me to donate to charity. I think it's great what Brad Pitt and Reese Witherspoon are doing. But they make $20 million a picture. I don't like being guilted into giving, when the people asking are exemplary of a culture that lives by the loose motto, "I've got mine, now screw you."

Again, I'm not talking specifically about Brad, or Reese, or Bono. I'm just talking about the culture of Hollywood celebrities in general, which is largely selfish and narcisistic.

But enough of my rantings. I wish I could write a great review of the Idol Gives Back show, but I honestly didn't pay attention to the whole thing. It just didn't do it for me.

I'm sure I'm in the minority. Idol hoped to raise $100 million for six charities this year. We'll see if they hit their mark.

Ethan Morris does give to charity and volunteers his time for worthy causes, by the way. You can write him anytime.

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