Ingraham's willingness to mix it up on the culture is refreshing and was apparent during her book interview on NBC's "Today," where she underlined to Matt Lauer that "Today's" Summer Concert Series included vile artists like woman-battering singer Chris Brown and F-bomb-dropping "artists" Enrique Iglesias and Cee-Lo.
How big are these cultural icons? Ingraham and her collaborator on the book, Catholic TV journalist Raymond Arroyo, were amazed at what they thought must be the new homelessness on the streets of New York, but then realized people were camping out two nights early to acquire a choice spot to witness Brown perform on NBC.
Brown is vile. His "music" includes usage of all the mandatory filthy language along with the N word, which vile "musicians" like Brown can use with impunity. There is also the perfunctory misogyny in some of his top songs such as "Look at Me Now." Here's a little sampler, which requires a lot of bleeping: "Lil n---a bigger than gorilla / 'Cause I'm killing every n---a that try to be on my s--- / Better cuff your chick if you with her, I can get her / And she accidentally slip and fall on my d--k."
"Better cuff your chick"? Does he mean put your woman in handcuffs, or "cuff" her as in beat her? The website Urban Dictionary suggests it means: "For females: that man in your life that knows how to hold you down." Brown should know. He confessed in 2009 to physically beating his girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna. And yet, Ingraham lamented, pop stars like this are adored by crowds and honored like royalty by the TV networks.
Ingraham also singled out Enrique Iglesias, the son of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. She notes the father registered a monster hit with "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," which wasn't exactly an ode to monogamy. The son has now updated the message in today's culture with a song called "Tonight I'm F---ing You." The lyrics are completely oxymoronic: "Please excuse me, I don't mean to be rude, but tonight I'm f---ing you." If a man said that to a new female acquaintance, she might have to call the police, or at least a couple of older brothers.