MySpace's State of the $*%@#! Union
MySpace, the world's most popular social-network site that boasts 100 million profiles and that is owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp Inc., had a nifty idea for last night's State of the Union address.
Why not let MySpace users post their own State of the Union address? In fact, why not make it a competition? The winner would get a bunch of prizes, including a trip here, to D.C.
Yesterday, MySpace picked a winner: Jesse Dollemore, 32, of Boise, Idaho. You can watch his impassioned speech here.
His speech was chosen by an esteemed panel of judges that included former Senate majority leader Bill Frist and former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta.
I wonder if either of them knew what the abbreviation on Dollemore's t-shirt stands for.
During his address, Dollemore stands in a home before a fireplace. He wears a black t-shirt bearing the letters: "STFU."
Among we vulgarians, STFU stands for "Shut the [very bad word] Up." Which is an interesting slogan to be wearing while extolling the virtues of the American democratic political system.
Asked about this, a spokeswoman for MySpace offered that STFU might stand for, "a University in Southern Texas."
Prompted, the MySpace folks put a call in to Dollemore. The next e-mail I got from MySpace read: "It means what you think it means." On the one hand, you could take this as a confirmation that STFU is the vulgar phrase mentioned above. On the other hand, it could be an existential answer: STFU means whatever anyone wants it to mean. Wow. Deep.
MySpace said it would not remove the winning entry, as the whole point of the contest is to showcase freedom of speech. Score one for Dollemore's slightly subversive State of the Union address that takes advantage of the Internet's worldwide theater.
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