Daily Archives: November 6, 2009

Another “Critic” Comments on the “Odd Phenomenon” of Adults Who Like “Kids’ Music”

davidarchuleta2I’m reposting here a snippet from this guy’s criticism because, as usual, it’s trying to cast aspersions on those of us who are beyond age 25 who dare to like the music of young artists (and, yes, David gets a mention here):

I meet a lot of crazy people. We all do. It’s an odd world out there. But I just don’t understand adults actually listening to this new generation of Disney-like music stars. If I had a friend who truly dug Miley Cyrus, I might call the police. We know the last thing Billy Ray’s kid needs is another Mark McLeod, the 53-year-old Georgia dude who was arrested for stalking Miley.

I just find it weird for adults to enjoy the music of, well, children. Maybe this is because I don’t have a kid. Maybe not.

Yet, no matter who we’re talking about — Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, any of the “High School Musical” folks, Selena Gomez … whoever — it’s just the same kind of music being done better by somebody who’s not underage and being marketed, primarily, to children. It all confuses, me, really.

As someone who reviews music, I know too well about what happens if you write a poor criticism of one of these folks. A negative take on the Jonas’ last record netted me something like 50 insulting e-mails; that doesn’t even include all the comments left on the story online. Most of these people were adults.

Of course, this fails to even begin to get into what happened right around this time last year, when I wrote a scathing review about David Archuleta’s amazingly bad debut CD.

I received hundreds of messages and voicemails from his fans, most of whom were middle-aged women from other parts of the country. This frightened me. Why would these adults, presumably with children around Archuleta’s age, care so much about what a critic writes in the New Haven Register? They cared. Oh boy did they care, though.

Read in Full.

While I’ll be the first to question any adult my age who’s into the Jonas Brothers or Miley Cyrus (seriously, they are the epitome of “Silly Rabbit, Tricks are for Kids!”), I want to know why-oh-why is David being lumped with this breed of singers.  It’s like comparing apples and oranges.  All David has in common with these “Disney teens” is his age.  

Seriously, how can David be viewed in the same light after listening to “Imagine” or “Angels” or “Contigo en la Distancia”?  I’d like to hear one of the Jo-Bros try to tackle any of these ballads.  They can’t, and they won’t because they’re too “young” for that.  

Don’t you just love how those adults who don’t get why other adults might love a young celebrity automatically wants to infer that we’re all just closet pedos and not that we might be more enlightened and less inclined to ageism bigotry when we give certain young artists a real ear as we listen to their music?