Before I fell out of touch with American youth culture (around 1994), I watched a good bit of MTV.
Yep, I was digging Duffy and “Beavis & Butt-head” and “Liquid Television” and the first few seasons of “The Real World.”
But Kennedy? Uhh... I never really got Kennedy.
Know what’s weird? MTV is like this machine that churns out folks whose careers peak in their 20s. Kennedy, Tabitha Soren, Pauly Shore, Ananda Lewis, Eric Nies, Downtown Julie Brown...
Anyways, Kennedy turned up last Thursday and Friday night on my favorite talk-radio station, KFI in Los Angeles. She hosted the 7-to-10 p.m. shift, serving as one of many fill-ins since John Ziegler got shitcanned a few weeks ago.
And Kennedy was pretty painful.
Does she think she’s clever? Entertaining? Got important things to say? Or does Kennedy realize just how lucky she is to have any kind of broadcasting career at all?
Click here to listen to 7 minutes of Kennedy’s witless jabbering from last Thursday evening. Her subject was Oprah Winfrey’s support of Barack Obama, but somehow she managed to blithely demean the Holocaust.
Hey, I got no problem with a woman earning money to feed her kid. But Kennedy represents – and evidently always will – MTV’s dumbing-down of American youth culture.