I’m as tacky as they come in plenty of situations, but it’s very much a time and place thing. I can remember watching an IndyCar race with the boys when they were 8 and 5 maybe, and a couple times an hour a commercial would air that started off with a bellowing “Are you ready to kick ass?” This was at 2:00 on a Sunday afternoon on a cable sports channel. Sigh.
Goldberg also mentioned everyone’s current favorite embodiment of skankadelia, Miley Cyrus. That reminded me of a recent musing I had.
Imagine that for her next appearance, on an awards show or whatever, that the curtain rises to reveal a grand piano. Miley Cyrus emerges from stage left in a flattering but tasteful black gown. She acknowledges applause with a wave and a bow. She sits and plays and sings something beautiful, making good use of her range. She finishes. She stands, smiles, bows again, mouths “thank you” a couple of times, and walks back off as the curtain lowers.
Nothing she could do would be as shocking as that.