In the World of Low-Rent Cable Fare

While innocently pedaling the stationary bike recently The Curmudgeon caught an ad on television for a TBS program called “Drop the Mic” – “mic” being short for “microphone” even though there’s nothing about “mic” that suggests “microphone.”

The premise of the show is that two celebrities engage in a battle of nasty wit in which they rap insults at one another.

In other words, educational television it is not.

Most episodes feature C, D, and E list “celebrities,” although among past participants have been Halle Berry and Shania Twain.  More common are “say what?” combatants such as James Van Der Beek, Niecy Nash, Mayim Bialik, Nick Lachey, Padma Lakshmi, Shaquille O’Neal, and the ultimate proof that the program is about schlock and mediocrity: Wayne Brady.

Two quick observations.

First, amateurs should not rap.

Second, white people, both amateurs and all but a few exceptions, should never, ever, ever rap.

And that brings The Curmudgeon back to the advertisement he saw while pedaling his stationary bike and wondering whether that was really how he was supposed to be spending his brief time on this earth.

The “battle” advertised at this time pitted Molly Ringwald versus Jon Cryer.

And in that moment, two things occurred to him.

First, setting aside the casting gimmick – Ringwald and Cryer appeared together in a mildly amusing movie – get ready to feel old, friends – 32 years ago, who in the world thought it would be a good idea to have Ringwald and Cryer rap insults at one another on television.

And second, who in the world would willingly, consciously tune into a program that featured Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer rapping insults at one another?

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