That said, every once in a while, someone without much knowledge manages to knock it out of the park. That's what happened on Sunday night's Family Guy, when animated characters Peter, Quagmire, Joe and Cleveland (back on vacation) decide they need to find God. One of their first stops: Nashville and Carrie Underwood, with a detour past Taylor Swift.
Taylor, despite the "Not too swift" character, comes off unscathed.
But Carrie? "She's smart," Peter declares. "She won her job in a contest."
And despite the occasional genuine talent unearthed by junk reality shows like American Idol and The Voice, I think Peter (via Seth McFarlane) got it exactly right. Even if it was meant in fun, rest assured a few in Nashville are no doubt seething over this barbed shout-out. That's how the place has always been. Folks there are still PO'ed at me over critical record reviews I did 15-20 years ago. That's how it is.
So to Peter (and Seth), as they once shouted on Hee-Haw: "SAAAAAA---LUTE!!!"