Under the Radar

Soulja Boy? Yawn.

There's one overriding fact that everyone's ignoring in all the media-driven "controversy" that's been ginned up about the new "anti-troops" track by Soulja Boy: kid's an idiot and getting upset about this is sort of like getting worked up about any random jihadist protesting outside the U.S. embassy in Kabul. You can zero in on the ranting, but, really, why give the loser your attention?

So, while we'd rather just ignore the guy, we decided not to throw away the pageviews and actually waste a little brainspace on a proper takedown.

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Over the weekend, Soulja Boy posted a new track called "Let's Be Real" that featured the verse "F**k the FBI and the army troops ... fighting for what? Be your own man ...... I'll be flying through the clouds with green like I'm Peter Pan."

Seriously, let us be real here. The only reason the phrase "army troops" appears on that track is that a terrible rapper needed three syllables to pad out a line. The real point of the lyric is an allusion to his fake private jet, the one he wanted everyone to believe he got for his 21st birthday. After having a gigantic hit in 2007 with "Crank That," his career has been on a slow downward slide. "Crank That" might've bought him a nice house but there's no way he's ever going to raise the cash for a Gulfstream.

Second, he's the kind of whimpering little celebrity who lets his publicist craft an apology after people start complaining about something he did:

"In no way would I ever want to offend those who are protecting our freedoms ... a lot of homeboys who I grew up with, a lot of people who come from the neighborhoods we live in ... In no way do I want to hurt any of our honorable soldiers who put their lives at risk, regardless of how they feel about the two wars we fight in. I am just frustrated that we haven't been able to bring you all home quick enough and my frustration got the best of me. I am deeply sorry."
Hey, Soulja Boy: what kind of street cred should you have when you let college-girl publicists put words in your mouth in the interests of spin control? Also, what kind of reporter prints that statement and pretends that it's in the apologizer's on words. "Let's Be Real" isn't about anger about how our troops are treated, it's about an imaginary jet.

But TMZ has managed to wind up a commissioner for the L.A. County Veteran’s Advisory Commission and get a reaction a guy who probably doesn't know the difference between Soulja Boy and Kanye. The Hollywood Reporter has given some free and useless publicity to Veteran and aspiring rapper Sgt. Dunson's quickly-recorded-but-also-pretty-terrible answer track.

Here's the real problem: Soulja Boy didn't mean to disrespect the troops because he's too deluded and self-involved to really know anything about the details of the service our men and women are performing around the world. The vultures in the celebrity press and cable news media are another matter, though. Once again, they find a scrap of something negative about the military floating around in popular culture and eagerly use it like a stick to poke a hive of angry bees. TMZ and Fox News and Rolling Stone and Perez Hilton think we're all stupid enough that Soulja Boy (who most of us have never heard of or thought twice about) send us into a rage that they can exploit for ratings and page views for the next few days before they forget all about this and move on to whatever made-up "issue" they can find to carry them through the weekend.

Ignore them, both the idiot rapper with the imaginary bling and the ADHD news media who wouldn't cover a real controversy affecting the actual everyday lives of the troops if their lives depended on it.

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