Tuesday, November 13, 2007
OK, Whats up with the VIP Room?
Where has our obsession with VIP come from?? You have VIP tickets, VIP lines, a VIP bar, VIP armbands. Now they even have a regular VIP and an ultra-VIP. WTF??? Now dont get me wrong, there are true VIP rooms. The places where stars want to be able to go without getting hassled for their autograph or pictures or getting slipped demo tapes every 5 minutes. I can dig that. I dont mean those places, Im talking about the majority of VIP rooms in every club in every city. Because lets face it, 99.3 % of these VIP rooms have never seen a celebrity grace its doors. Ever.
So what is this obsession with exclusivity? It seems that, at a time when our community needs to come together more than ever, we continuously look for ways to separate ourselves from each other. Is it a coincidence that this focus on exclusivity comes at a time when our cities are more economically segregated than ever? Isnt it odd that as the gap between the haves and have nots widens, we choose to widen it further?
Are we so insecure with ourselves? After surviving slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, segregation, unequal opportunity—being one of the most resilient races of people in the history of the world—do we really need VIP rooms to make us feel special? Dont get me wrong, we all want to feel special, we all like to feel important. (I admit, the few times i have flown first class, I always secretly gloated upon seeing all the poor saps schlepping it back to Coach. hehehehehee. I digress.) But when I see folks spend what they dont have just so they can get that blue armband instead of the yellow armband, when they spend what they dont have to have a bottle sitting in an icebucket in front of them or a reserved sign at their table, I have to wonder, why is so much of our worth more and more centered around stuff?
Why cant we be feel important being good neighbors, or good parents or good friends or because we donated money for new equipment at the library or was the winning coach of a boys club football team or because the kids we are tutoring got an A? Have those things any value anymore?
There are so many ways to stand out in our communities that uplift us all, why do we settle for velvet ropes and bad attitudes to make our mark?
And lets face it, most VIP rooms are full of a bunch of random tired ass people who just paid a grip to sit 20 feet away from everyone else. A lot of people with bad ARM loans about to adjust but nevertheless insist on â€œ ballinâ€ at all times. That doesnt make you a VIP, it makes you a V.I. Puhlease.
So people, next time you want to feel important, bypass the VIP room for a mentoring program or being a Big Brother or volunteering at a nursing home. Trade in the velvet rope and turn a jump rope for little girls after school or organize a trash clean-up in your neighborhood. And although you may not get a fancy red armband, or pay more for the same bullshit, you will truly then be a Very Important Person. Peace people.