I was out running errands this evening, listening to my local pop station, and the DJ was filling up time between songs by talking about how Christina Aguilera had become engaged on Valentine’s Day, and then it has just come out that she is pregnant. “Now that’s a great way to start a marriage,” he snarked, “With the pressure of having to get married because you’re pregnant.”
And I thought, WHAT? Okay, first of all, Christina Aguilera is a THIRTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD WOMAN. She’s not some 16-year-old who’s gonna have to drop out of high school, okay? She already has a child, even. And seriously, these days it’s so common for people, celebrities and non-celebs alike, to have their kids before marriage (how many little flower girls and ring-bearers are the couple’s actual children?), or completely outside of it, that this kind of thing is charmingly old-fashioned.
Not too much longer after, this judgmental fellow also informed us that Demi Lovato, who used to date Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, is touring with Nick Jonas (who is now a solo artist). “If she wanted to get back at Joe,” he snidely suggested, “This would be the perfect opportunity.”
AARGH! Again my eyes rolled so hard I almost gave myself an aneurysm. First of all, Demi Lovato dated Joe Jonas for literally a month, as she recently clarified as a guest on the Chelsea Lately show. Get back at him for what? They didn’t have a serious relationship, and obviously parted on good terms. But Demi and Christina weren’t the only subjects for snarky dissection–he went on to bash Lorde and Taylor Swift, as well.
Why does this silly DJ feel the need to be so gossipy, and all of it so negative? I’m thinking it’s actually not his personal opinion, though. See, most pop radio stations these days are corporate-owned by such giant companies as I Heart Radio and Clear Channel Communications, and these entities make sure that each local station follows strict programming guidelines, like pre-approved playlists. So many of these stations play syndicated shows like Ryan Seacrest, et al, that’s it’s kind of rare to even hear actual local DJs, any more, and I suspect that there is so much micro-management that the DJ I was listening to wasn’t coming up with his own snark, so much as reading snark from a corporate script.
The real question, of course, is why they think people want to hear all this negativity and sneering about the very pop stars that are bringing these stations their listeners. Seems pretty stupid to me!