I like him. I already said that last week; I know, but it's a good starting point for this week. I like him because-he's smart and I like smart people an extra lot. I like people who are things I'm not.
If I'm a thing, like a comedian let's say, I don't so much like other comedians. Or that is to say, I like them, and can enjoy them, but I am a comedian, so I'm not so impressed with what comedians do, because I know it's no great big thing.
I used to appreciate the heck out of anyone who baked a great cake, or sweet batch of brownies, or anything, a pie, cookies. You baked it, I was impressed. I thought folks who baked were touched with stardust. Then a few years ago I baked a cake, and it came out fantastic. Now, I'm not at all impressed by those who bake. I'm impressed by them, just not by their baking.
Understanding what's going on in the Middle East to a level at which you can discuss it, now that's impressive, and I think ole Piers can understand stuff like that.
Jeez, I'm only on the first reason why I like Piers Morgan. I'm half way to my word limit. Actually, I don't have a word limit. The editor and publisher let me spew however many words I feel I need to serve a readable piece. That's great.
Course, with this column I'm feeling like the plug could be pulled at any point or word when they're reading it. It's a jumbled bit I'd say. But less so then some I've read by others. Not in this publication of course. I'll forge ahead if you don't mind.
He's British, and the accent is cool. Reasons two and three to like Piers.
And being an American's American, the way he uses words is fresh to my ear. Reason four.
I will say though, the other day he was interviewing Massachusetts politician, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who apparently got fiddled with sexually when he was a boy. Now see there, that's something right there-off the subject I now, but I'm all about giving heart felt love to anyone who was tinkered with when they were young, or old, for that matter. Because that stuff is just base, man, the worst.
But, I also find it a stretch believing these folks/celebrities, when they say they had to write about their painful episode to be able to let-it-go, to purge, and cleanse themselves. Ah, those aren't the words they use, purge, cleanse, it's a more simple word, what's the word they all use, I can't think of it right now, ah, cathartic?
The experience, they say, can be cathartic, but that's not how they all put it. No, that's not it. There's a word or phrase they all use that basically says writing about the abuse was a very positive thing, something that helped them. I got it. Heal. Heal, is the word.
I'm not going to question if writing about being sexually abused when you were young helps you get over it, cause it may, in fact, I'm sure it probably does. I'm just questioning folks putting it into a book that's going to be sold worldwide. I question them because I don't think they're including the awful sexual experience stuff cause it's going to make them heal, I think they include the bad stuff cause it's a going to sell books.
I'd put money on the thought that it's the writing part that helps you heal, not the having the whole world read about it part. But who am I to say. I publish my own material, and tell you what, it's tough 'cause there's a lot of content for folks to buy. And if I had a tragedy to write about, I'd do it to sell books, not to heal.
Ah, yeah, Piers used the word extraordinary about half a dozen times just in his opening with Scott. I found that odd, even though one thing I like about him and other English type are the way they use expressive words. So there, there's my main reason to watch Piers.
English folk use expressive words and such (and such, I got that from Piers-it doesn't mean anything at all, but it sounds good). For instance, Piers playfully put a hat on, then looked into the camera in a self-defacing manner and said, "well it's not massively well fitting." I'd have said, "doesn't fit too good." Worth watching Piers for his way of speaking.
That's the end of my review. I spent too much time getting off track and I've run out of space. That, and reviewing Piers is, I think slowly-say 10 years from now or so-going to be a moot point because shows like his are going to be pass . Don't tell anyone, but the days of television interview shows are numbered.
You don't have to be a genius to figure that out. There are few secrets with the new media working overtime, and it's difficult to be shocked or enlightened by some one person, man or women, from Britain or from Chicago, asking questions of a television star who tweets their every twitter from head to foot.
So, yeah, I think the Larry King-style show is on the ropes. But don't tell Piers. He's working hard, or as he would say, massively hard.
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act "The Logger." His column appears weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.