In other news proving, once again, that They are not like Us, Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden, brother of Good Charlotte frontman, Joel Madden (and, so far as I can tell, no relation to John Madden), ragged on the lovable Kelly Clarkson for---and I quote---"dissing" Hilary Duff, who happens to be Joel Madden's girlfriend.
Apparently, the lovable Kelly Clarkson, no doubt alluding to those wacky celebrity boxing matches, made a joke about how she would love to get in the ring and battle fellow Texans Hilary Duff and Beyonce Knowles. (Which I think would be an improvement over battling Paula Jones and Tanya Harding. But I digress.)
Battle of the Bootylicious, anyone?
I'm just wondering: how is this---stating in a joking manner that one would like to "get in the ring" with this or that person---a diss?
Of course, I'm not advocating that Kelly Clarkson actually put on some gloves and start pulling sucker punches on either Ms. Duff or Ms. Knowles.
I mean, you never know: Hilary just might start doing that silent drill dance routine thingy from Cadet Kelly and that's enough to freak anybody into forfeiting the round.
(BTW, I can't mention Cadet Kelly without recalling for you Hilary's most famous line. She's shining Army boots and says to another cadet, "Excuse me, sir, may I borrow some spit? I promise I'll pay you back!")
However, if we're talking about singing here, let's just be clear: Kelly Clarkson has the pipes to blow both those other gals off the mat. No contest. Please. Clean up on aisle six.
That doesn't mean that the gazillion of Hilary and Beyonce fans are wrong. Of course not.
Hilary Duff and Beyonce Knowles are perfectly lovable singers themselves and perfectly suitable objects of fandom, if that's what floats your boat.
It just means that in a vocal chord to vocal chord competition, Ms. Clarkson would be hard to beat.
And she knows it.
Nevertheless---and although he is not the one dating Hilary Duff (or . . . issss heee?)---Benji Madden reportedly took great offense at Kelly's quip and, according to a copy of the Benji-gram reportedly saved by mtv.com, he blogged: