Thursday, October 26, 2006

Gimme that wink

Country singer Neal McCoy and the rap duo Ying Yang Twins will perform at the University of Alabama's homecoming concert Friday. That that combination was booked in the first place is interesting in its own right, but the story gets better.

UA administrators announced Tuesday they would host those performances in different locations. McCoy will be at center stage on the Quad, where the school's homecoming concert typically occurs, while the Ying Yang Twins will perform shortly thereafter in an empty field at the edge of campus. UA officials said the split was necessary because of "logistics" and "space." Because, you know, it's easier to build two stages instead of one, and really, it's not like the Quad is a giant open space with a huge capacity.

Yes, the leaders of the student group in charge of the concert weren't consulted before the decision, and the move will cost the university somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000, and statewide media reports have suggested the situation looks a lot like a segregated homecoming. But surely you'll concede that we have to pull out all the stops to ensure young children don't hear a dirty word by accident during a concert that begins at 10 p.m.

Unless, of course, you're one of those types who thinks parents should have their children in bed at 10 p.m. instead of at an outdoor concert full of college students.

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