Saturday, November 17, 2007
Scott the Knife
Daniel Pinkwater once said that Scott Simon was "without question the best-liked person on NPR, admired and looked up to by his professional colleagues and trusted by the audience. He is as nice a guy as he seems to be on the air.” Yes, it's a well-oiled sound that Simon broadcasts: touchy, feely and very comfortable with US crimes abroad.
Today offered a nifty little glance under the slick Simon veneer. He moves into tabloid, slash mode when he wastes some airtime to mock and ridicule the self-destructive life of British singer Amy Winehouse.
Simon: "Earlier this year Miss Winehouse had to run off a stage mid-song to, regurgitate. She didn't have the flu. At an awards ceremony in London, she got drunk and heckled Bono. In music that's a little like heckling Nelson Mandela....At this week's concert she showed up late, stumbled, and didn't sing very much.....She said to all of those booing, just wait till my husband gets out of incarceration."
It was all played for rather mean-spirited yucks. Yes Simon, someone with eating disorders and substance abuse problems is just sooooo funny - and such a daring target to take on.