Andy Rooney waxed on Lady Gaga and the country's other pop music stars Sunday night on "60 Minutes," saying that the rise of singers he's never heard of has driven home to him that he's out of the American mainstream.
"I consider myself to be an absolutely dead-center, normal average American," Rooney said. "The things I write and read on television are for regular, normal, average everyday Americans....My question then is this: if I'm so average America, how come I've never heard of most of the musical groups that millions of other Americans apparently are listening to?"
Rooney said that he didn't recognize anyone on a list of Billboard's Top 200 performers.
"The singers I know have been replaced by performers like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Usher — I mean, who?" Rooney said. "That must mean that I'm out of the American mainstream, and definitely not average."
"I don't know who Lady Gaga is, and kids today probably don't know who Ella Fitzgerald is," he added. "Maybe we should call it even."