Monday’s Column: America and the “Culture Void” That Isn’t

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily addresses the “culture void” that singer Tony Bennett said America has.

Give a read to “America’s non-existent ‘culture void’” for more.

I’ve gotten plenty of reaction so far, much in opposition to Mr. Bennett’s comments, but here’s an email that takes issue with my view on things followed by a different take:

Eric T. writes:

You are the epitome of the lack of culture to which Mr. Bennett referred. Truly ‘cultured’ societies are aware of their accomplishments, and need not have them delineated by a poorly informed  [Alexander Graham Bell was NOT an American] oaf, who considers ‘Dr. Sues’ to be an author.
    Indeed, your parting derogation of Mr. Bennett, one of America’s most accomplished artists illustrates your complete bankruptcy of both culture and class. A reading of Mr. Bennett’s quotation reveals no derogatory remarks toward America, but a positive affirmation of the contributions made by other nations. If indeed, he had remarked that America had contributed only jazz to world culture, your remark that somehow George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, two of the icons of the jazz world were slighted further illustrates your ignorance.
    A pity that you could not a positive of Mr. Bennett, whose contributions will be remembered long after your mean scribblings have been forgotten. Lots of class there, Doug; all of it third.

So it must be only the “first class” people who can insult a large chunk of an entire country. Funny, if I’d have made a crack about France (oh wait, I did) then I’d have been accused of painting with too broad a brush, which would have been chalked up as a “third class” insult.

Eric, Alexander Graham Bell became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1882 and was indeed legally an American for the last 40 years of his life. Nice try though. Many I named weren’t born in the United States, by the way.

Who considers Dr. Seuss to be an author? I do, and I think millions of kids do, but that’s just a sign of American lack of culture I guess.

Bennett slighted America’s contribution to world culture (besides American jazz), and Gershwin and Ellington’s influence reached into more realms than one simple label can cover, so they are included. All Americans, even the ones who did compose jazz and nothing more, should be included on those lists.

Here’s what Paul had to say:

…isnt Tony Bennett that old guy who always wanted to be Frank Sinatra? If we have no culture then why is New York considered the fashion, theatrical, musical center of the world? Why is Hollywood the movie center of the world? Why does America hold more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country? When you get right down to it, if Bennett, god forbid, should have a heart attack, which would he prefer to be near: an Italian opera singer or an American cardiologist?

‘Nuf said…

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