~ 26 October 2004 ~

Appearance as Reality: Poseurs Loose in America

In 2 Timothy 3, the Apostle Paul warns young Timothy of certain type of person who has the “appearance of godliness,” but denies its power. The appearance of these swindlers did not correspond to reality. Paul’s advice on how to deal with them? “Avoid such people,” he wrote.

Much to the chagrin of evolutionary progressivists, mankind does not seem to have advanced much in the 2,000 years since Paul wrote to Timothy. As we learned from the Rathergate scandal, where the documents were “fake but accurate,” the mere appearance of something is supposed to be good enough to believe.

Take teen pop star Ashlee Simpson’s recent embarrasment when her vocal track misplayed on Saturday Night Live, exposing the fact that she had lip-synced the previous song. Her father, who doubles as her manager, tried to brush it off:

He said Ashlee’s voice was hoarse and “Just like any artist in America, she has a backing track that she pushes so you don’t have to hear her croak through a song on national television.”

Ashlee said to blame her dad. She said that when her acid reflux started acting up he insisted she take it easy by using a backing track. She said she wasn’t happy with the decision and emphasized that it’s not something she normally relies upon. She said she was so upset because she’s never used one before. But she felt she had little choice, saying her voice was so weak, she “couldn’t even speak.”

And here I thought that to be a professional singer, one had to be able to sing. These days only the appearance of competence will pass for expertise. Nevermind the fact that SNL could have simply played her CD and saved her the trouble of an appearance.

At this rate, we’ll probably soon discover that professional wrestling is fake and Milli Vanilli were poseurs as well. In fact, I’m not even really writing this blog—I copied it from this site.

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