Because everything is about television and "American Idol" is the hottest thing on TV this summer, tonight's winner of Fox's create-a-pop-star competition has been invited to sing the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial on Sept. 11 -- a day of mourning for the more than 3,000 victims of last year's terrorist attacks.
At the place where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech, where Marian Anderson was invited by the FDR administration to sing "America" after the Daughters of the American Revolution snubbed her for being black, the "American Idol" winner will make his or her appearance during the day-long ceremonies commemorating the one-year anniversary of the attacks -- six days before the first single by the newly minted superstar is released.
The terrorists have won.
No, Lisa. This is the great thing about America. We have the ability to turn what one would have assumed to be a somber occasion into tacky pap! Would you really want it any other way?