Heard on a top-20-hits radio station tonight that the "theme for tonight's songs" would be a follow-up to Mardi Gras: "Ass Wednesday." That's right, folks. Not ASH. ASS. Not only is this crass, it's blasphemous as far as I'm concerned.
I'd just gotten into my car after a church service to observe this holy day. Turn the ignition, and an obnoxious DJ with a nauseating voice announces: "Happy Ass Wednesday, peoples! Woo hoo. We're gonna play all them sexy-ass artists y'all know you like to hear - and want to DO!"
Then girls were calling in describing how wonderful their own derriers in fact were.
Ladies, every time you call into a station and playfully tease or flirt with these type of disc jockeys, you encourage the continuation of these blockhead shows and antics.
One woman who phoned in, in whom I had high hopes from the initial content of her comment, told the DJ that "God was looking down and shaking his head," and that he was being profane. Thing is, she was giggling when she said it; she wasn't even taking herself seriously. Cruz just bantered back, and they ended their on-air conversation with an intro to a Shakira tune.
I'm fairly liberal and good-humored. (When we burned the palm leaves this evening in the service to make the ashes, for instance, it smelled distinctly like marijuana, which my friends and I thought was pretty funny. I've never smoked pot but do recognize its odor; comes with the territory of living in Austin.) There is, however, a line. And renaming a millenia-old religious holiday something so crass--and really not at all clever--certainly crosses it.
What do you think? I would really like to hear particularly from people like me who identify as liberal.