Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Talk about buying votes....

I saw a banner ad just now flashing the ability to join the Academy of Country Music--one of the perks of which is voting privileges for their upcoming award show. Now, is it just me or does it seem somehow odd and wrong that just anyone could pay (if you clicked on the link you'll notice we're talking chump change here--either $15 or $60, depending on your level of membership) and then have a voice in this organization? Ostensibly groups like this, AMPAS, the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, etc. choose their members (or solicit members) because they have a particular connection to the industry/subject in question. It's one thing to be a fan, belong to a fan club, or even vote via the internet or over the phone in "Viewer's Choice"-esque polls. But to be a card-carrying member of the ACM? Talk about hard up for the dollahz, yo.

Don't get me wrong, I love me some country music (SheDaisy and Keith Urban have been delighting me all morning no less) but this kinda gimmick doesn't help the industry's image among the general populace as hillbilly yokels sans class (or avec klass, if you'd rather). C'mon guys. Don't handicap your fans any more than we already are.


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