Everybody from TMZ to late night talk show hosts have taken a swing at the antics of Justin Bieber and his female counterpart-in-outrageousness, Miley Cyrus, and now it would appear that a minor league baseball team wants in on the action. As part of a promotion to fill some seats, the Charleston RiverDogs put together "Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It," a night where the fans got to play ultimate music and pop culture critics by destroying the merchandise of two of pop music's reigning royals.
The Bleacher Report recapped Saturday night's events at Charleston (S. C.)'s Joseph P. Riley Park July 20, noting that any RiverDogs fan wanting entrance to the game could get in for just $1 if they brought with them some type of Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus memorabilia. The CDs and shirts and trinkets were then placed in a large box, which was to be blown up later, according to promotions.
According to the team website: "Like so many, we have taken special exception to Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus's music along with his numerous run-ins with the law and her controversial performances. 'Disco Demolition 2' is dedicated to the eradication of their dread musical disease, like the original Disco Demolition attempted to do. We are going to take Bieber and Cyrus's merchandise and memorabilia, put it in a giant box, and blow it to smithereens. It is all in good fun, and we guarantee there won't be a forfeit of a game."
The promotions department probably couldn't have chosen two more loathed pop culture icons. With Bieber's childish antics and scrapes with the law (see above video) and Miley Cyrus' ridiculously prurient good-girl-gone-bad oversell, the two, although retaining quite loyal fan bases, are constantly villified and lampooned by pundits, critics, comedians, and fellow artists.
But forfeit the game? Why would the RiverDogs have to forfeit the game?
For the answer, we'll have to go back to 1979. The Chicago White Sox held Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park. The night got a bit out of hand, the fans rioted, and the White Sox had to forfeit the second game of their double header with the Detroit Tigers. Sad, but true. Besides, the "guarantee" of not forfeiting could be made because the demolition would take place following the game -- without a second game to worry about.
At the end of the game between the Charleston RiverDogs and the Augusta GreenJackets, which Charleston won 9-7, true to their word, RiverDogs stadium officials hauled out a large box and placed it in between second and third base and blew it up, much to the delight of the home crowd. (The Riverdogs are undoubtedly the world's favorite minor league baseball team now as well.)
According to stadium officials, no Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber music will offend the ears of their fans again.
At least there's safe haven somewhere...