Michael Vick is a thirty-something football player, who is fairly decent at footballing?
I don’t know, I really don’t follow that sort of thing. You can Google him and find his Wikipedia page with all sorts of stats and career highs. Lots of words like “passing percentage, QB rating, passing touchdowns, and rushing touchdowns”.
This is all German to me, really. Sprechen sie football? Nein.
Once you get past all the footbally’ness, you’ll find a nice blurb in there mentioning that, oh yeah, (gloss gloss gloss, nothing to see here) Vick plead guilty to operating an interstate dog fighting ring for five years.
“So what does this all have to do with me,” you ask?
Well, July 12th, Michael Vick and crew will be rolling into town to bring us his knee-slapping, “Coast2Coast Comedy Explosion” at Shreveport’s historic Strand Theater.
First off, I mean, did you know that Michael Vick was a comedian? Apparently, he’s got jokes. With the news of this upcoming event, the dialogue has been mixed. There are some voices of outrage, some grumbles, some ambivalence, some folks are looking forward to seeing the show. Lots of voices, lots of words, lots of thoughts.
So here’s me, contributing yet another voice to the conversation. Lucky you.
My take on all this business is something like: “…Ew.” Yes, I know. A very thoughtful and well-crafted point of view. *curtsy*
But, seriously. EW. Why on earth would The Strand in all of it’s historically rich majesty want Michael Vick? A man who is, arguably, best known for not only abusing countless animals, but also the horrific execution of pitbulls who “failed to perform well.” One could argue that this event will be good for the local economy. (The economy, like football, being a language I am only marginally fluent in.) You could also say that he has paid for his crimes. He’s served his time. Bygones, and all that. I contacted Jennifer Hill, General Manager at The Strand, to get her thoughts on booking the event, but received no response.
Hey, I can appreciate both sides of the argument here. Vick’s a free man, just trying to make that dollar. Good for him for doing it legally. Kudos, Michael. As the proud mother of two precious pitbulls, would I love to go Billy Madison and put a flaming bag of dog-doo on his front porch? (Hashtag: It’s poop again) Sure. That would undoubtedly tickle me, and probably bring me a great deal of delight. Is this the worst thing to ever happen in the history of ever? Well, no. Asking Vick to host the Westminster Dog Show would be decidedly dumber. In the end, the choice is yours. To voice your outrage or voice your pleasure.
Protester or Patron.
For me, my voice will be heard by not spending 50-200 dollars on a ticket to Vick’s comedy event.
Kyleigh Jane is a Michigan girl now living in Bossier City, LA. Kyleigh works as a columnist/interviewer for a popular book review website. She is a coffee drinking, book reading, dance party starting, pitbull snuggling, repository of useless trivia.