Monday, June 15, 2009

Ask DB1: Does Talent Forgive 'Baggery?


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DB1-

My girlfriend is a huge fan of So You Think You Can Dance. There was a couple that did ballroom dancing. The chick was Super Hott. The guy was Super Douchey.

This led to an interesting conversation between us. The culture of Ballroom Dancing requires certain elements of style and demeanor that are necessarily douchey. However, the guy was a SUPER talented dancer. So this led to the following question, and I defer to your judgement on this one. Can a man’s talent counteract his doucheyness?

Thanks in advance for your answer.
— Peter (Not a Douche)

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Firstly, PNaD, the problem here started with “My girlfriend is a huge fan of So You Think You Can Dance.”

But overlooking that egregious cultural violation, this question relates to the Rockstar Leniency Rule (RLR). There is no direct correlation between talent and excusing douchebaggery, the two operate in distinct critical realms. John Mayerbag, to pick an obvious example, is unquestionably a talented guitarist. But his actions in the field render him scrote, regardless of his ability to play.

Similarly, anyone appearing on a dance show are similarly rendered ‘bag, or nottabag, based on their scrotal actions as a person, and not on their ability to dance.

If, and this is a very qualified “if,” their douchal spectacle relates to their theatricality, some leeway is granted. But if the talent and scrotewankery are unrelated, there is no forgiveness, and mocking must commence at once.

# posted by douchebag1

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