It\'s Too Bad We Don\'t Have Another Roy (by Bill Tbompson)
Here we are, several days after his death, and not a disparaging word has been spoken or written about Roy Rogers. Usually, two days is about all it takes for the typical movie star\'s ex-wives and estranged children to start hyping their soon-to-be-published books detailing what a jerk the guy was when the cameras shut down.
You\'d have to figure that there would be a cynic or two in this cynical age who would feel compelled to find fault with Rogers\'s acting or his singing or maybe his decision to stuff ol\'Trigger after the \"smartest horse in the movies\' went to the big corral in the sky.
Not a chance. Movie historians praise him as the greatest of moviedom\'s singing cowboys. Music critics write fondly of his early crooning with the Sons of the Pioneers and his solo singing later on.
President Clinton took a moment out from the demands of globetrotting and scandal-meanaging tp appreciate what Rogers \"stood for, the movies he made and the kind of values they embodied.\"
Onetime rival Gene Autry saluted his fellow singing cowboy as a \"great humanitarian\" and a \" true Western hero.\"
Not one disparaging word.
Fort Worth star-Telegram sports columnist Jim Reeves reminisced about his boyhood idol Tuesday and bemoaned the shortage of Rogers-like role models.
"My greatest lament today, "Reeves wrote, "is that my own sons, growing up in a far more complicated world, didn't have a Roy Rogers to emulate and learn from."
Which raises an interesting question. What would happen if Roy Rogers came along today? Would an adoring public make him a star, or would the skeptics scoff him out of show business? Would the critics dismiss his movies as corny and one-dimensional?
Would Rogers's songs be shrugged off as trite and oversimplified? Would his sense of right and wrong be ridiculed as naive and uncompromising?
How ironic that Roy Rogers should leave this life as a focal point of universal approval at a time when just about everything he stood for and believed in seems to be under attack by a society that scorns the values he espoused.
Maybe he's being given his due because even those who no longer cherish his values just might suspect that the world was a better place when Roy Rogers reigned as King of the Cowboys.
More often than not, a celebrity obituary will include something negative. Frank Sinatra died, and even heartfelt tributes by Sinatra's devotees in the media included passing mention of his alleged mob connections and his penchant for slugging photographers.
Robert Mitchum died, and every story dredged up a decades-old marijuana conviction.
It's as predictable as this year's "Titanic" Oscar binge: A show-business legend expires, and the obits are awash with tales of the late great's forays into barroom brawling, substance abuse, marital infidelity and who knows what other indiscretions.
No matter how much the public reveres them, the rich and famous have a way of getting their names on a court docket-and the bad publicity follows them to the grave.
We've seen so many celebrity "heroes" who turned out to be severely flawed individuals whose talent as performers might have been worthy of admiration but whose performance as human beings left much to be desired.
So the ubiquitous tributes to Roy Rogers, who died last week at age 86, are all the more remarkable for containing no hint of scandal or bad behavior by the movie-and-TV star who was known as "King of the Cowboys."
It's clear that Rogers was the same white-hat-wearing good guy in real life that he portrayed on screen. In a rare and gratifying cohesion of truth and fiction , the reel hero was a real hero.
Rogers was devoted to his wife and family, treated his fans with respect and affection, and practiced in private the very same brand of Christianity that he preached in public.
He never abused the position of trust awarded him by a public that treasured the image he conveyed as America's best-loved show-biz cowboy.
(1) Here we are
(2) two days is about all it takes for the typical movie star's ex-wives and estranged children to start hyping their soon-to-be-published books detailing what a jerk the guy was when the cameras shut down.
- FeIhOnG of OzLv 71 0 年前最佳解答
我簡單扼要的說明一下好了:大綱: 這篇文章最主要是說 Roy Rogers 這位"西部牛仔之王"不同於其它的明星, 過世後完全沒有任何的閑言閑語或惡評. 他生前的所作所為與言行完全一致, 由始至終一直都代表著做為牛仔應有的正義與黑白分明的價值觀, 也讓他完全無可挑剔之處, 儘管這些價值觀在現代人眼裡早已被視為老舊, 過時的觀念, 處處被人挑戰著. 他將永遠被美國人懷念. 另外, 這篇文章也敘述了人們喜歡偷窺名人的私生活的心理, 和"好事不出門, 壞事傳千里"這永恆不變的常規.心得: 這個故事表面上是在追悼 Roy Rogers, 但從更深的一面來說其實是在敘說現代人矛盾心理. 現代人一方面懷念昔日人人都像牛仔一樣擁有義不容辭的正義感, 敢做敢當, 一方面卻又批評這樣的精神, 認為現在還有這樣觀念的人早已過時, 完全不適於生存在這弱肉強食的社會裡了. 這也許就像人們常常都會說 "想當年怎樣怎樣, 但現在真是世風日下"的感覺一樣吧.
2006-03-15 15:13:05 補充：
It's Too Bad We Don't Have Another Roy 可以翻成以下標題:這個世上只有一個 Roy我們將永遠追悼懷念的 Roy由於這個文章的形體比較非正式(有用到第一人稱 we), 所以標題也可以比較不正式, 口語一點
2006-03-16 15:04:27 補充：
回補充:Roy Rogers 被形容為 cowboy 是因為他本身就是以演牛仔這個角色出名的, 而他幕前幕後的所作所為也和牛仔的正義精神相符合, 故被稱為 cowboy.翻譯:(1) Here we are看哪!
2006-03-16 15:05:10 補充：
(2) two days is about all it takes for the typical movie star's ex-wives and estranged children to start hyping their soon-to-be-published books detailing what a jerk the guy was when the cameras shut down.通常, 在一位電影明星過世之後的兩天, 與他生前吵翻的前妻和兒女們就會開始出來大肆吹捧他們即將出版的有關此明星的幕後行為是如何的見不得人, 卑鄙齷鹺的新書.
2006-03-16 15:06:21 補充：
3) 我們當中一定有人會想, 這世上應該至少會有一兩個覺得自己有義務去批評羅傑(Roger)生前的演技, 歌聲或是自他搭檔愛馬魂歸西天後就將他的手槍封塵(或是金盆洗手)的決定的批評家. (stuff old Trigger 的直譯是"不理老扳機", 也就是再也不理會他那致愛的手槍的意思)
2006-03-16 15:06:31 補充：
(4) President Clinton took a moment out from the demands of globetrotting and scandal-meanaging to appreciate what Rogers "stood for, the movies he made and the kind of values they embodied."
克林頓總統也在他正與世界和醜聞之間週旋的百忙中抽出一絲片刻, 來默默悼念Roger這位令人敬佩的演員和歌唱家本人及其拍攝的電影中所反映出的理想和信念.參考資料： The Boy from Oz (澳洲男孩)