Twerking and Batfleck: Do We Care Too Much?

If you’ve perused your social media lately, you haven’t been able to escape the endless drones of tweets, status-ii, and hashtags of the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke MTV VMA “twerk-debacle” or the Warner Bros. fandom unfriendly casting of Ben Affleck as the new face of Batman (aka “Batfleck” or “Batgate”).  Nothing it seems has been this significant to the X-Y gen since Candy Crush (yes, that’s sarcasm).  Admittedly, I myself participated (or at least re-tweeted) in this recent bashfest of our modern celebs and our superficial and yet entertaining fascination with pop culture and it’s faux pas’.  Some of the comments and opinions on these two subjects were amusing, some thought-provoking, and others would be best left to a journal entry or possibly a therapy session.  Here are some of the best on “Batfleck” from Twitter:

“Ben Affleck is the new Batman. You can make your Daredevil jokes now.” @tordotcom (Twitter)

#BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck  “And you thought Matt Damon’s decision to buy a zoo was a bad idea.”   @BettyFckinWhite (Twitter)

“I really want to go to bed, but gosh, I feel like I need to read a few more jokes about Matt Damon playing Robin.”  @ronmarz (Twitter)

*Joss Whedon takes off his Warner Brothers executive disguise, speaks into wrist radio*   “It’s done.”  @MikeDrucker (Twitter)

Some celebrities chimed in:

“Clint Eastwood is playing Alfred.”  The Walking Dead‘s Glen Mazzara @glenmazzara (Twitter)

“I don’t know how the rumor got started, but I am not playing Robin.”   Jon Favreau @Jon_Favreau (Twitter)

“I’d react to Ben Affleck getting an acting role but I’m still recovering from Beyonce’s haircut.”  Comedian Jim Gaffigan @JimGaffigan (Twitter)

And, if that weren’t bad enough, while Batman fans were still licking wounds about “Batfleck” online, The Walking Dead fans were disappointed with a too-short Season 4 preview on AMC while the rest of mid-America is hit with the MTV VMA “Teddybear Twerkfest” by Miley Cyrus on the very married crooner Robin Thicke.  Here are a few notables of the evening:

“When did Robin Thicke get a job at Foot Locker? ”  @MaggieCoughlan (Twitter)

“You know Madonna saw Katy Perry’s performance and immediately jump-roped three times as fast in front of her kids.”  @louisvirtel”

“About to watch the #VMA’s on my DVR.  Anything notable or provocative I should be watching out for?”  Community’s Joel McHale @joelmchale (Twitter, favorited 706 times at last count)

Well, at least we saw a free Justin Timberlake concert.  Do we care too much?  Perhaps.  Or maybe it’s the other news stories that really disturb us, frighten us, make us hold on to our loved ones a little closer that enable us to opine and curdle out our windows “Network”-style  about the media sensations that float a little closer to the surface.  Except, I still disagree with the Ben Affleck thing.

*What are your thoughts about “Batfleck” or the VMA’s?  If you have any favorite quotes about these current events, feel free to share them here, we may even laugh: