Video: You’ll Never Believe What Just Happened at CES

I've covered every square inch of the gigantic Consumer Electronics Show -- year after year after year -- and I've seen a lot of weird stuff. This is the weirdest thing I've seen yet.

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I’ve covered every square inch of the gigantic Consumer Electronics Show — year after year after year — and I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff. This is the weirdest thing I’ve seen yet. And the show used to dovetail with a porn convention, mind you.

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NicoleRichter
NicoleRichter

Just terrible I can't believe they told the king of rock to turn it down what jerks!!!!!  Thanks for your story!!!

Jay_in_Austin
Jay_in_Austin like.author.displayName 1 Like

I could understand if somebody didn't recognize the Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan, or Garth Brooks, but Run DMC?  Sorry, dude, I have no clue who they are.  And if you want any evidence of the lack of somebody's, ah, "relevance" or "popularity" or "fame," then  watch the clip you just played.  I don't see anybody, repeat, NOBODY pointing their fingers, asking for autographs, or taking pictures.  And if I was the ONLY person there who recognized anybody, I would NOT be ragging on anybody else for that.  Seriously, dude.  Pay attention.  You're all by yourself.

mikatoga
mikatoga

Probably my age, but I can think of about 500 acts that I'd prefer at a show to Run DMC.  BTW, the King of Rock is still Elvis.  The Stones and the Eagles and a dozen Motown acts would be better than any hip hop performance.  Run's act ended right when it should have.  Sorry.

DJMadLinx
DJMadLinx like.author.displayName 1 Like

@mikatoga you are entitled to your opinion as I am mine...you are wrong!

mikatoga
mikatoga

@DJMadLinx @mikatoga 

Apparently you can't make up your mind, DJML.  Either it's an opinion or a fact.  We have different opinions, that's correct.  If they're opinions, though, there is no right or wrong.  As for opinions, it seems that the large group of people who were at the venue agreed with mine and didn't want to hear Run - I suppose that you are certain that they were all "wrong" also.

mikatoga
mikatoga

@DJMadLinx @mikatoga 

What you said is "you are entitled to your opinion as I am mine...you are wrong!"  When you say that I am 'wrong,' then you are no longer talking about opinion, but about 'fact.'  No, I do not always consider my opinions to be facts - especially when my opinions concern music and other arts. 

If the 13 year olds you cite are in love with Beiber or Minaj and they are at a place where the Stones are playing, they might demand that it be turned down.  If the Stones feel that they're not being appreciated by the audience, then they might just shut it down too.  The kids are neither right nor wrong but merely expressing their preference.

It seems to me that in the instance at the CES, the management of the show clearly misjudged the preferences of the attendees when they included Run as part of the entertainment.  These attendees likely found that the 'noise' from Run was distracting to them and what they were trying to accomplish at the show - regardless of how much some Run fans might have enjoyed their performance.  Appropriateness must always be considered; don't you agree?

DJMadLinx
DJMadLinx

@mikatoga @DJMadLinx I don't see your logic about my inability to make up my mind.  It's quite possible that you don't understand these words.  

1. I never mentioned the word "fact"

2. Each of our opinions are facts to us

3. I don't deny that the people in that room did not want to hear Run's performance.  Your logic dictates that a room full of 13 y/o girls that would want to hear Justin Beiber or Nicki Minaj over the Legendary Rolling Stones (I am a fan) would be "right" too.  I'm sure that you would disagree with them too. 

ThomasE.Reed
ThomasE.Reed

I remember going to a Comic-Con International and hearing a familiar voice intoning, "I am vengance...I am the night...I...Am...BATMAN!" I turned around and heard a smattering of applause. It was Kevin Conroy, voice actor for "Batman: The Animated Series."

There are some obvious parallels. Most people don't recognize Conroy or this rapper guy (I sure didn't). We'd recognize them if we heard them. They're both basically unemployed; Conroy hasn't been hired to voice Batman in about five years, with the producers going for a sound-alike who works cheaper. Probably ditto for the rapper. Face it, the people you idolize as celebrities have a shelf life, which thanks to megacorporate control is getting shorter and shorter.

There will be no more Elvis, no more Marilyn, no more Bogart. There won't even be This Year's Blonde. It'll be This Fifteen Minutes's Blonde. Ditto for my voice actor and your 80's rapper.


TechinplainEnglish
TechinplainEnglish

should've had a cardboard standee of himself in 80s garb including kangol, chains, adidas. c'est la weight gain...