Worst Christmas ever: let your kids be T-Pain

17 Nov

There was a depressing story in the The Globe and Mail the other day about how toy retailers aren’t stocking as much product this year because of the economic slowdown. The story itself wasn’t nearly depressing as the sidebar that ran with it in the print edition, which listed this year’s hot Christmas toys.

Right there in the middle of the list was the I Am T-Pain microphone. If you don’t know who T-Pain is, he’s a rapper. More specifically he’s the rapper synonymous with Auto-Tune (narrowly edging out Kanye West). Auto Tune, as I’ve written before, is a vocal pitch-correction software that is the bane of humanity’s existence. Here’s the commercial for the microphone:

As is evident from the ad, this is really worrying. Sure, the I Am T-Pain microphone is meant to be a fun toy. But, if I could slip into inner indignant old fogey mode for a moment, do we really want to encourage a generation of kids into thinking they can sing, when they really can’t? Can anything good come of this?

Somebody please bring back Cabbage Patch Dolls, or at least the Talking Elmo doll. Just don’t put him on Auto-Tune…

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in toys


4 responses to “Worst Christmas ever: let your kids be T-Pain

  1. Jorge

    November 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I just think it’s entertaining that a whole pile of confetti shot out of her behind.

    I totally side with your “fogey-ness” btw.

  2. karmatose

    November 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Is it sad that there’s more talent on side one of Yes’ Close to the Edge than most modern karaoke stars, I mean artists entire discographies?

    I weep for the future of music.

  3. walleyewonder

    November 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Oh my. I said exactly the sme thing. Why encourage them to sing when they can’t? Then you’ll be a family function and little suzie will start singing and everyone will be smiling like it is so good. Be honest with the little one. Suzy, you have no talent and you should not sing…ever. Then tell the parents they are idiots! just saying…….

    • petenowak2000

      November 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      If little Suzy whipped out a T-Pain microphone and sang at Christmas dinner, I’d probably laugh myself silly. Probably not the response she’d be hoping for…


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