Unless Jerry Sandusky really was just “horsing around” with those boys in the shower I daresay Howard Stern is quite possibly the most misunderstood man in America.
Overstatement? I think not.
When it was announced that Moammar Gadhafi had been killed, Howard’s crew (Sal and Richard) hit the streets to ask folks who they’d rather see dead. Stern or Gadhafi? An overwhelming majority said Howard. From time to time the boys ask questions of that sort to people who just happen to be passing by Howard’s Manhattan studio and Howard plays the interviews on his SiriusXM (one company or two?) satellite radio show.
A lot of Americans hate Howard Stern. I submit that a lot of Americans have never listened to Howard Stern. The man is brilliant. He is one of the best interviewers of our time. A pioneer of radio, the King of all Media who revolutionized the medium and continues to reign over any broadcaster who hits the airwaves.
Whether or not you realize it, his creations are in television and reality shows you watch on a regular basis. “Jay Walking” on The Tonight Show? Howard did it first. Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader with Jeff Foxworthy? A complete rip-off of Howard’s radio show material. Hell, reality TV itself began on Howard’s radio show. He realized the behind-the-scenes stuff is what people want to know about.
Most of the guests on the Howard Stern show are everyday people like you and me, and Howard finds a way to make them interesting. Everybody has a story, and Howard finds the story. Any amateur can interview Kim Kardashian about Dash’s new clothing line, but not everyone can chat with the mentally handicapped or a porn star and do it in a humorously empathetic way that lets me know what life on that side of the train tracks is like. But when Howard does interview a celebrity he doesn’t bend over backwards, kowtowing to their celebritydom, he asks the same questions he’d ask anyone else. Howard is bold, honest and pulls no punches, which is why hiring him as their newest judge, to replace Piers Morgan is the smartest move America’s Got Talent could possibly make. The program is lucky to have him.
The Parents Television Council disagrees. First and foremost, what the hell is the “Parents Television Council”? A group of people who got bored when the tea parties came to an end so they decided to print off some letterhead with the Parents Television Council logo on top? According to its website, the Parents Television Council is a “non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.” Non-partisan indeed.
So, like, what? You think Howard Stern is going to whip off his pants and start screaming obscenities into the camera? This man is a professional. If you listened to his show for two seconds when he goes on and on about American Idol or America’s Got Talent you’d realize he’s going to be a better judge than Simon Cowell could ever dream of being. Could someone explain to me how David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff can drunkenly eat a cheeseburger off the floor while his upset daughter begs him not to drink anymore and the Parents Television Council doesn’t bat an eye when he’s hired for “family television” yet Howard Stern, an exemplary father of three daughters, gets the stink eye? And just where is the Parents Television Council when shows like CSI are displaying mutilated corpses and soft-core porn sex scenes? Where are they then? Are they too busy monitoring the King of all Media?
Sure, Howard has committed some pretty raunchy hijinks over the years but that’s all a part of his radio persona. The man didn’t get famous for nothin’, ladies and gentleman. But it’s not like he’s going to drag a bunch of chicks in bikinis onto the America’s Got Talent stage so lighten up! And remember, whatever antics he’s involved in on his radio show are no council’s concern because you need a subscription to listen. Unlike Gossip Girl and a million other inappropriate-for-children programs currently airing on basic TV.
Mark my words: Stern is going to garner massive ratings and judge the hell out of that show with a no nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is style that will make Simon Cowell look like Paula Abdul. And hey, before you get all ranty on me about what a cad Howard Stern is, why not listen to his show once or twice?