Monday, January 17, 2011

"The Kindness that Gazes upon Itself..."



This is a horror movie.

Kathy Lee Gifford's vanity seems to flourish when she's indulging in this charitable act:  over-thanking a boy for befriending another boy who just happens to be labeled "autistic."  She humiliates and condescends without even blinking.  The song alone makes you want to die.  She reduces kindness to ego, and shows off her "sweetness" like a gangster shows off his machine-gun.  The trick to being nice is knowing the limits of your own "niceness" and also understanding what your "niceness" means once it's let out into the real world.  Kathy Lee unleashes her "niceness" at that kid, a huge horrible parade of self-congratulatory bull-shit, wreathed in a treacly meolody. 

Kathy Lee and anybody else who thinks they really are "great people" because they do "good deeds," heed this:

"Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone, and a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse."  (Kahlil Gibran)