On Sunday, Jim DeRogatis penned an overview of the Jonas Brothers’ rise to stardom that not only called the Disney-peddled pop trio “goobers,” it claimed that the lyrics on “BB Good” “could just as well be dialog from a date rape as the prelude to an innocent teen make-out session” and said that the Nickelodeon boy band the Naked Brothers “beat [the JoBros] any day.” You probably know what happened next: a 43-comment freakout and many, many e-mails, some of which DeRogatis was helpful enough to repost today.
First, I feel like this comment from “K” shouldn’t go un-cut-and-pasted, if only because of the old-timey locution:
WTF! you only gave the jonas brothers 1.5 stars?! You little!!!!!!! I hate Chicago Times! That’s why no one will ever read this crap because the Jonas Brothers deserve so much more. And NO sex DOES NOT SELL! It’s purely dirty and not appropriate for teenagers/tweens. Besides, they wear purity rings because they believe in it. Not just so they can get attention. Honestly the Jonas Brothers aren’t like that. Posing seductively in front of Rolling STone cover? They were simply posing. It wasn’t seductive so get over it. MOFO!
I’m just sad this didn’t throw a “rassa frassa” in there somewhere.
“Lizzie” writes in about DeRogatis’ insensitivity to Nick Jonas’ health issues:
I saw your article concerning your response to the new Jonas Brothers album: A Little Bit Longer. I strongly disagree with the negative things you said about them. But especially your comment about the song “A Little Bit Longer” being cheesy. Not only is that insulting to Nick’s reflection of his struggle with diabetes, but that song was also #1 on iTunes for more than a week. Nick’s passion and talent with songwriting really shines through on that song, and I don’t think that this song (or the whole album) deserves any critisism.
Here’s hoping she hasn’t stumbled across any Rock Of Love writeups lately. After all, that show did well in the ratings, too!
Next up is “Meghan,” who… well, we’ll just let her take it from here:
Okay so I just read your article on The Jonas Brothers in the Chicago Sun-Times and I was deeply disgusted by you.
Saying that the Naked Brothers Band is better than The Jonas Brothers is like saying that Green Day is bigger than The Beatles. Are you kidding me?! How many albums did the Naked Brothers Band?sell? Oh wait, that’s right.?Nobody even heard about?their CD. Are you even sane? You clearly have no clue what you are talking about so you should stick to talking about food because that’s?CLEARLY your main focus in life.
Also, if you’re going to put pictures of them in your article, you might want to actually get their names right. On page 6D you said it was Kevin, then Joe, then Nick.
Hello idiot, its Nick then Joe and then Kevin. Kevin is 5 years older than Nick, how can you not tell them apart?
Talking about them having their purity rings isn’t new news. You need to obviously get yourself in 2008 and realize that every single article about them talks about their rings. Good?journalist?don’t repeat other journalists’ work.
And saying that their song “BB Good” is a “prelude from a date rape” is the stupidest thing i have ever heard in my life. They’re singing about going on a date; not raping someone. Rape is nothing to joke around about, let alone compare?it to music by 3 boys?from Disney.?
\You honestly make me so repulsed at men, its ridiculous. Your opinions, articles and stupid sayings repulse me like nothing else.
I hope you enjoy getting fired from the Chicago Sun-Times because you disgrace their newspaper and make them look like a joke.
“Good journalists” also know that people who write captions… oh, forget it.
There was also a mother who signed off her very angry letter with “Too bad your mother didn’t tell you, ‘if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!’,” which seems to miss its own point in such an amazing way that it’s almost jaw-dropping. So let’s sign off with the one measly letter of support recieved by DeRo, which was so nice, the blog post excerpted it twice:
i thought your article was VERY well written. They are great musicians and i think outstanding people, but, i have to agree with most everything you said. The rollin stone cover wasnt cute, it was downright scandaleous, well,, more like sexy.. And the lyrics are pretty bad in some of their songs.
JUST thought you should know! your artical was just that and ARTicle.
are u going to their concert in CHICAGO tonight?
Well, I guess support’s support, right? Even if it comes in slightly mangled text-message form.