Friday, September 02, 2005

Harry Connick, Jr.'s Wisdom

This celebrity cretin was quoted on a clip from "The Michael Medved Show" as saying that if he were from the poor areas of New Orleans, he too would be stealing plasma TVs in the midst of the chaos. Think about that, please. Connick said this to excuse this behavior; but, in fact, he is really convicting himself of acute cretinism.

If one is poor, must one be more criminal than others? Is criminality thereby excused? Does this follow logically? And if one is hopelessly poor, would the best thing to steal be a TV? Think also of the sadly disordered souls who not only resort to violence and theft during a crisis--instead of helping their fellow sufferers--but chose to steal entertainment devices (thus further stupefying themselves).

Mr. Connick is considered a jazz singer. Boycott his recordings from now on. He is a disgrace to that superb music.

New Orleans and the surrounding areas need help at many, many levels--through financial support, through cultural and spiritual renewal, and more. This damaged land does not deserve further debasement through egregiously idiotic comments.


Vicki said...

Although I've enjoyed some of Harry Connick,Jr's music in the past, whenever he actually "speaks" in public, I'm utterly dismayed. Maybe he should stick to singing.

Thanks for a good post. Very interesting blog...will return!

Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D. said...

It is amazing how inarticulate many actors and musicians are when they attempt to articulate anything outside of their professional skills. But Connick is way beyond merely being inarticulate. He is dead wrong.

Dan said...

In his defense, I saw Harry on one of the cable news networks, and the point he was trying to make was that we should spend less time pointing fingers and condemning looters and more time focusing on those who were truly suffering - that energy focused on ranting about looters is energy taken away from solving the enormous problems. As Christians, we should be the first to remember that Christ came not to condemn sinners but to save them. Why, then, are we so quick to jump on the FOX-TV bandwagon and say "tsk-tsk" about all those "animals" stealing plasma televisions? No, I don't think they have any excuse for stealing shoes from Wal-Mart. I also don't think it's helpful for us to throw out labels and quick condemnations. Even in their sinful state, they are still made in the image of God. That's what I heard Connick pointing us toward.

Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D. said...

Dan, I'm afraid, it far too charitable with the benighted Harry. To excuse sin does nothing to reform the sinner or offer a better life after repentance. Yes, we should love and pray for the oportunist criminals down south, but not excuse their criminality and sin.

Irritated Fan said...

Do you actually think your comments are constructive? Harry Connick is not a politician - he is simply a musician who has done a great deal for the City he loves. I would like to analyze your every comment to see if you've ever said anything dumb. Oh wait - in fact you have. Boycott Harry's music - yeah, that's insightful and constructive. Have you heard about the musician's village? Perhaps you should do some research and stop writing such nonsense. Boycott his music - what a laugh - you really are a curmudgeon.