Apparently, Bob Dylan’s participation in a Chrysler ad damages his reputation.
Horrible seeing a great legend’s reputation explode amid such chronic humiliation and mockery in a Super Bowl. Feel for you, Bob Dylan.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 3, 2014
That required a stout retort.
@piersmorgan So that’s all it takes for Bob Dylan’s reputation to explode? Yours survived accusations of eavesdropping — that’s worse.
— Colin Foote Burch (@cfburch4) February 3, 2014
Fortunately, someone of Piers Morgan’s stature in the news media — a NPR host with 100 times more gravitas — tweeted a remark that put the wisecracks on Dylan into perspective.
Dylan getting heat for Chrysler ad. Last I interviewed Lou Reed, he was working w/ Hermes. Dylan at least helps jobs in Detroit.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) February 3, 2014
So let’s recap.
* Bob Dylan is cool for helping out a U.S. brand because that brand’s success provides U.S. jobs.
* The late Lou Reed’s reputation didn’t decline because he was working with Hermès of Paris, a well-known retailer, of international acclaim, in another country.
* NPR’s Scott Simon has always been sharp, so he made the connection, or he saw the double-standard.
* Piers Morgan doesn’t understand why Dylan, who has sold millions of albums for himself, would decide to help someone else sell a product that supports thousands of jobs for others.
When Piers Morgan attacks someone, he usually does it with a high degree of ad hominem and a low degree of substance. That’s the case with the Dylan ad.
Maybe it’s a good thing the preface to the Super Bowl included a denunciation of Morgan’s Great Britain — with a reading of the Declaration of Independence.