There aren’t many things that cause me to stare in slack-jawed wonder and amazement. But the dyspeptic ramblings of Andy Rooney tend to hit that particular sweet spot.
The last time I checked in with 60 Minutes, the veteran broadcaster was seriously claiming that people didn’t sweep snow like they did in the old days, and last night’s rant was another absolute peach. Rooney kicked off by mentioning that someone had sent him a copy of Billboard magazine—though I can’t imagine who would do such a thing—and that he didn’t recognize any of the popular musical combinations whose latest platters the public are currently purchasing. Okay, so he didn’t actually use the phrase “popular musical combinations,” but he did seem utterly amazed to discover that young people prefer different music to oldsters. I’m guessing this is because the term “Generation Gap” was only popularized in the ’60s, which in Andy Rooney terms is essentially the-day-before-yesterday. Regardless, the resulting ramble was hilarious.
“I don’t know who Lady Gaga is!” Rooney bemoaned at one point. He also professed to have no knowledge of Usher (“I mean, who?”), nor of Justin Bieber. I can only imagine how crushed young Justin will be by the news.
You can see the full clip after the break. Do you find it as funny as I do? And what music would you recommend Andy check out to help him adjust to the 21st century—or, for that matter, the late 20th?
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