Celebrities are constantly signing up for gigs, and waiving their fee as a “charitable” gesture. But does it really count as charity when you waive your payment? Why not give your money out of your personal bank account instead — or perhaps match the fee? Darren Criss, the new Gleek I often pick-on, performed at The Roxy over the weekend and donated the proceeds from the gig to charity. He also signed autographs in exchange for audience members bringing toys-for-tots gifts. And let’s not forget Idol Gives Back, which is perhaps the best example of all time. American Idol hosts a charity show, and the huge ratings allow FOX to pocket a tremendous amount of money from the ad revenue. But FOX doesn’t donate their ad revenue, and they instead air an entire show about how every American, except the FOX executives, should “give back.” Americans wouldn’t need to “give back” if FOX, donated half their profit. So am I a heartless prick that doesn’t appreciate a decent gesture, or am I correct? As an aside, I didn’t think of this brilliant theory on my own. The great Howard Stern said it during his famous Bill O’Reilly interview. I’ve posted the very funny video below, and he begins to talk about Bill’s “chachkies” on minute 3:10. And if you’re wondering why I chose Katy Perry as the picture for this post, I figured nothing says “charitable giving” like Katy Perry in a skimpy American flag outfit.
I hope I’m wrong about this, but since I’m never wrong, I doubt it. Alright — that’s a joke — even The Dishmaster isn’t that egotistical. Darren Criss is the new golden boy on Glee, and he’s been all over the news since his first appearance on the show singing Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. I’ve seen him in interviews since, and his head seems to be getting so big it just might explode. So either I’m wrong and he needs a good PR person to help him circumvent that image, or his head really is too big. I’m guessing it’s the latter. I’m only posting this as a warning for him to be careful. It’s a small industry, so image control is extremely important. The guy is talented, but so are a lot of people. Click the link below to watch his recent Rolling Stone interview, and look at the picture on the right to see the glasses he wore to the AMAs recently. You tell me if I’m right. I’ve also posted his brilliant rendition of Teenage Dream just to show that I’m capable of compliments.
There has been a lot of talk about the next American Idol judges, and most of the suggestions so far seem almost as ridiculous as the current judging panel. So here’s my choice for the new panel — Tommy Mottola, Katy Perry, and Harry Connick Jr. I chose Katy Perry because she has the credentials, and she’s very pretty eye-candy. When she appeared on the show as a guest judge, she was not afraid to speak her mind (speak, not slur), and she often looked like she wanted to kill Kara DioGuardi (which made me very happy). Harry Connick Jr. is my next choice, because he proved himself while serving as a mentor on the show. Unlike other mentors, he didn’t wear sunglasses while offering boring platitudes such as, “feel the music” (hear that Usher?). He also seemed to have a music vocabulary beyond the word “pitchy.” Lastly, I chose Tommy Mottola because he’s like the Wizard. His resume speaks for itself, but he would also bring the controversy. Can you imagine how many interviewers would ask Mariah Carey if she tunes into American Idol to watch Mottola? So there you have it. Everyone should take The Dishmaster’s suggeestion, and stop throwing around ridiculous names.