Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I want to be the Gordon Ramsay of Academia
The man has so many shows, and they are all built around his cult of personality. It's a very abusive personality, but that's why he's making a ridiculous amount of money. He tells it like it is. No sugar coating. "You'll kill someone." "This is terrible." "Piss off!"
There are some hilarious one-liners like "This looks like King Kong's *&%ing condom!" Let's be honest folks, the audience can tell when something doesn't look pretty. One of his more popular shows, Hell's Kitchen, is based upon people getting screamed at for not being perfect.
Why isn't college more like this?
People eat these shows up. In addition to our glorious former "footballer," we have the likes of Simon Cowell, Donald Trump, and Abby Lee Miller. All of them tell it like it is and how it isn't up to professional standards. Sure, they rant and rave and scream and berate and belittle. But people love to watch them do it.
Aren't we supposed to be upholding professional standards? I'm not advocating becoming a verbally abusive tyrant (although, if I do become one, may I please have my own show?), but I am saying that students should appreciate how we tell them what the rest of the world will when they finally have to start doing things for a boss.
I've had classes where I wished I could "fire" students. Get out of this class. Go now. Stop wasting my time and yours. If I were the Gordon Ramsay of Academia, I would do that. Come back next season if you're serious.
Getting to my 2pm class was "hard"? Wait until you have to show up 40 hours a week. Starting at 8am. You couldn't find the time to write a one page paper? Do you think your boss will keep you around if you can't bang out a memo?
Well, I'm sending off another batch of job applications tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm going back to watching Gordon Ramsay scream at people for not meeting his standards. A woman can dream, can't she?