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Art Sat Mar 13 2010

Kasey Keller and Chris Brown Need Your Support! LOL

This one is for everyone out there living your dreams.

I read two stories that blew my mind today, both of them shared the topic of asking the public to understand that because some people decided to follow their dreams they should make more money or be more "successful."

brown.jpgFirst I will start with Chris Brown. I don't know much about this kid, but I read that he is begging for more support. I guess radio stations aren't playing his music enough because he said "They're not being that supportive and I wouldn't expect them to." Really Chris? You know what, welcome to the club kid. Millions of artists out there have day jobs to follow their dreams, and trust me, just because you were getting paid doesn't mean you're all that great.

He also said, "My singing and my music is all great, but I do it for you guys and everything else but it won't be possible if I'm not relevant on the radio." What I would say to Chris is, "stop doing it for me you fool." Why should anybody care about your relevance on the radio? You seem to be doing fine riding around in limos and wearing new clothes-- some of us don't have those luxuries.

kasey-keller.jpgNext I want to take a quick side step to sports. Kasey Keller, the goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders soccer team, has come out in support of an MLS (Major League Soccer) strike if a new agreement is not reached by March 25. Now I am sure most of you will not care much about the ins and outs of this, but the bottom line is players want to make more money, and rightly so, seeing that they are the lowest paid professional athletes in the US with a median salary of $88,000 annually. Again, making more money is not something I have a problem with, but Kasey said, "This is truly a case of guys who could make more money going out and getting a job, but they're trying to live out the dream." I would have to say, "Then go get a job." I would think living out your dream has very little to do with making more than the national average, which is around $50,000.

keller.jpgI would think that if you are living your dream, (and if you're a professional singer or sports player you are,) the joy from knowing you can do it is enough. Instead you look out at the public, who have dreams of their own, and say yours are more important, and you deserve more.

In closing I would like to tell both Chris Brown and Kasey Keller to suck it.

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Kevin / March 14, 2010 10:17 PM

While I agree that the league median income of $88,000 is loads of money comparatively speaking, you have to understand that David Beckham's $5 Million, and Landon Donovan's $1 million a year are a part of that "average." Meaning, there are quite a few players that are making $20,000 a year. Those guys don't really get endorsements to supplement their paltry soccer income

MartinJon / March 15, 2010 12:13 AM

Just to clear up any misconceptions I agree with Kasey about the players of MLS I am only commenting on his reasoning. Also, the number quoted was the median income not the average income, which, at the beginning of last season was $147,945. Thank you for your comment, I totally agree, I knew a Chicago Fire player who had to have roommates to rent an apartment, I know exactly what you mean.

SandeePB / March 15, 2010 2:23 PM

I think the radio stations should be more supportive of CHRIS BROWN. He is extremely talented and is not getting the positive attention that he deserves. I truly support him. His music is the best out there and I'm not too thrilled with all the negative followers in this world. I for one have a mind of my own and don't listen too much to what's going on in artist's personal lives, just like I wouldn't want them knowing about mine. I just want to hear music I like and Chris Brown happens to put out music I like. The radio stations need to play his music. It's really good.

JuicyRoast / March 16, 2010 1:14 AM

Chicago is full of dumb fks

Kevin / March 16, 2010 8:30 PM

Wow. The internet. In two moves, a real discussion between two people about something real turns into retardation.

Martin: I see your point. I agree with you now. I think this could be an interesting juxtaposition about the usual economic issues involving the haves and have-nots.

You other two weirdos: I'm guessing there are other sites than Gapersblock that cater to your needs more properly. Please frequent them.

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