How true, how true! On so many levels.
As the droplets ran down his face, American Idol’s resident rapier, Simon Cowell, looked incredulous. After a window-shattering rendition of Shakira’s "Underneath Your Clothes," a rejected contestant, 18-year-old Jonathan Rea of Houston, had walked over to the judges’ table as if to shake Mr. Cowell’s hand, and instead hurled a cup of water at him.
It may have been a watershed moment—not just for Fox’s cheesy talent contest, going strong with 29 million viewers in its third season, but for a culture awash in mediocrity convinced that it’s genius. Mr. Rea’s rage and disbelief at receiving criticism is all too familiar, now that the most coddled generation in American history has come of age.