anne mikolay 2012 120

anne mikolay 2012 120My mother taught me if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Sorry, Mom, I can’t help myself. I have to say it – again: people are stupid.

Recently, reported that a group of moms in Fort Myers, Florida were asked to leave the theater for bringing their children (under 6 years of age) to the showing of the R rated film, “Bad Moms”. According to Fox, one of the outcast moms claimed “no one had communicated that children under six were not allowed in R rated movies.” What did she think the letter R stood for? Raucous? Rambunctious? Ridiculous? When there is no shortage of children’s movies, what mother takes her little one to see “Bad Moms”? Surely, the irony here is apparent. reported that on July 30th a video showing a shockingly reckless driver was posted to social media by a Mr. and Mrs. Shawn DeLong, who videotaped a crazy woman texting while steering her vehicle with her feet on the Schuylkill Expressway near Center City, Philadelphia. I have seen people driving while texting, applying lipstick or mascara, or reading the newspaper, but I have never seen anyone control their car with their feet, an exercise far similar to something a delusional contestant on America’s Got Talent might do than the actions of the sane. Hopefully, the DeLongs reported the idiot’s license plate to the authorities before they posted the incriminating video to instagram; neglecting to do so would be…well, stupid.

Let’s talk about America’s Got Talent for a minute. This summer’s installment of this popular NBC broadcast makes me wonder if, after eleven seasons, America has run out of talent. Of course, some viewers enjoy the grotesque acts and the quest for, as Simon Cowell says, “the wow factor,” but some of the performers, to me, are questionable. While I applaud an energetic 90 year old woman, her strip-tease and shaking tassels are silly and not worthy of a spot in the finals. Ditto for a retired aerospace engineer screaming hard rock into the microphone or a comic with tape across his mouth. Admittedly, someone sans talent, like myself, should refrain from criticizing others with the guts to illustrate the same on national television, but putting ridiculous acts through to the finals is not fair to the truly talented who don’t make the cut because a fool took the spot.


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We can’t discuss foolishness without talking about politics. We are all weary of the current political circus, but let me just say this: people are losing their ability to reason. Hillary Clinton takes a stab at physical brevity with an exaggerated nod of the head in response to a barrage of questions, or watches balloons fall from the sky with big, wide eyes after receiving her party’s nomination, and the internet is ablaze with analysis of the presidential contender’s “possible seizures.” Give me a break. Donald Trump makes an ill-advised joke about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as founders of ISIS, and his critics take him literally. Really? Donald Trump shoots himself in the foot every time he opens his mouth. Chalk it up to ignorance or sarcasm; discussing his comments ad-nauseam is stupid.

Stupid, an adjective meaning lacking intelligence or common sense. Ignorant. Vapid. Dull-witted. Dense. Idiotic. Sadly, lately, that’s us. And before you email me in protest, let me say I am first in line. After-all, I’m watching America’s Got Talent, reading about women who drag their children to R rated films or drive their cars with their feet, and I, too, am closely watching Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But let’s be careful, folks, and put our guard up and our thinking caps on.

Sorry, Mom, just had to say it.

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Anne Mikolay

Anne Mikolay

Anne M. Mikolay joined The Atlantic Highlands Herald as a columnist in 2008. Prior to penning “The Armchair Critic,” Anne wrote feature articles for The Monmouth Journal. Her work has appeared in national...