Friday, December 11, 2009

Jan Moir loves the X-Factor

Ms Homophobia is now lashing out at Sting for criticising the TV programme.

Sting should thank his lucky stars for being neither a 'chav' nor homosexual because otherwise the Daily Mail's Jan Moir (the one who destroyed Boyzone's Stephen Gately the day after his death on the basis of his sexuality) would have unleashed her usual character assassination skills on him too.

Because really, the former Police frontman got away with it lightly. Jan Moir only called him a 'hypocrite' for daring to suggest that the X-Factor is "televised karaoke" and that the show is "a soap opera which has nothing to do with music".

Sting dared to suggest that the contestants "are either Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston or Boyzone and are not encouraged to create any real unique signature or fingerprint". Which is undisputable, even in the event you may find Simon Cowell's circus entertaining.

However, the above remarks irked Jan Moir. She blasted Sting's opinions as "sneering", she did. Sneering, Jan Moir. So much so that she penned a heart-rending diatribe in defence of the X-Factor.

Displaying the coherence of a village pisshead, as usual, Moir writes that the X-Factor is amazing because those young contestants "live[d] the dream", "hold their nose, jump in and audition anyway", "they never buckle under the strain" and "it takes no small amount of courage to get up there, week after week, and confront what Cheryl Cole is wearing". Basically, the contestants dare to take part, so the X Factor is great.

But the more I come across any of Moir's rants, the more I think she's actually cognitively challenged, to put it mildly.

Nobody is saying half a word against the contestants' pluck and determination. That misses the point completely. It's carries the same relevance as saying that the X-Factor is great because Cheryl Cole often displays her cleavage or that the opening jingle sticks in your head.

The whole criticism is centred around the fact that music has little to do with the show. That people are told exactly what to do and which template to fit. That, like Mark Steel wrote on Wednesday, "all that makes music powerful is systematically removed by the X Factor process. Anything dirty, painful, eccentric, scary, in other words individual, is scrubbed away, so if Janis Joplin or Kurt Cobain or Eminem had ever applied, they'd have been chortled off in the first audition."

But the most amazing bit is that Jan Moir can actually believe her musical opinions carry more weight than Sting's, a man who's penned some of the 20th century's most successful and influential music.

Though I'm not a particular fan of his, and he may be an embarrassing dad sort-of-type and his current beard may make him look like Captain Birdseye, at least the guy's able to articulate some opinions, unlike the whole of today's throwaway music circus put together.

So one side you have an accomplished musician who's sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide writing his own songs and playing his own instruments and on the other a homophobic nobody who's made a name for herself writing poisonous rants for the Daily Mail.


Anita said...

Well said.
That woman makes me wince.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Yeah but, whose your money on to win?

claude said...

Me personally? I have no idea, I don't watch it. You?

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Joe is the best by a royal mile so no chance of him winning.

Acidfairyy said...

She LIKES the Shit Factor? Good, another reason to hate and mock her then.

Anonymous said...

I notice all of the comments to her 'article' have disappeared. Mainly because she was getting duffed up.

I pointed out that she was more of a hypocrite than Sting (he used his son's band as openers on his own tour) as she was banging on about her wonderful friend Annunziata Rees-Mogg who wouldn't get anywhere if it wasn't for the fact that she has a famous daddy.

Truly, you couldn't make it up/