Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

General • We Got Emails! Poppycock Panoramic Piece Prompts Prattle

My story/review of Prince Poppycock’s final performance on America’s Got Talent pulled so much email that our inbox could not accept any more. In that story,” Prince Poppycock’s Popoffs Puff Cool Million plus Shot at Stardom” it was obvious that I considered him a good talent, but was frustrated that the young panicle blew his chance of winning the top slot because of his own attitude, which killed him in a matter of split-seconds.

All readers who wrote (except one) saw the same thing.. And it was evident that I was upset that he blew it, not becuase of talent quality, but by his own arrogance. Surprisingly, an overwhelming number of emails came from gays who agreed with me. Several of them stated that Poppycock had caused harm to gays by his conduct. One went so far as to say, “Poppycock does NOT represent us!”  They were frankly embarrased by his insults to a talent judge before millions of people. It is too bad when a good talent, through lack of grace. can slide down the tubes like this.

Oh yes, the one testy email was short but the writer obviously was looking for anything to jump on and curtly advised me that I had written about Poppycock’s father when his father had been dead for years. I checked my original story on my blogs and re-read it a couple of times trying to find that reference.

This writer is the first to boost good talent but will never boost rudeness. My hope is that a kinder-gentler Prince Poppycock will emerge..




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