Twitter — it shows our society at its best (as when 140 character outpourings of condolence flooded the service when Whitney Houston died) and it’s worst. On Sunday (April 1), tweeters were arguably showing us their worst side when the term “#WhyisLLCoolJ” started trending on Twitter.
It seems it was confusing to some folks that LL — a black man — would be on hand at a country music event. Yes, really. A few of the more tame tweets:
Why is LL Cool J at the AMCs Idkmaybe its a april fools prank lol
— JUST CALL M? RICHARD (@SHADY4EVR) April 2, 2012
“Why is LL Cool J on the #ACMs?” -me. “Nothing says country music like a big black man.” -my brother. Lolllll.
— Katelynn Elliott? (@kkmmee) April 2, 2012
Ummm…why is LL Cool J here? Is he lost or something?
— Mark Piselli (@MarkPiselli13) April 2, 2012
Allow us to explain:
First and foremost, he’s probably there because he stars on CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” and the show is being broadcast on CBS so, you know, they’re trotting out the talent.
Secondly, he fits in about as much as KISS (in full makeup) and “Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth, who is also scheduled to present.
Third, the guy isn’t just a musician, he’s a fan of music.