As part of their ongoing comeback, The Backstreet Boys are currently working on a Christmas special to end all Christmas specials. By the time they are done with you, you’ll be manically licking candy canes and wearing ten Santa hats as you nurse an intervention-worthy addiction to good cheer. But there’s only one problem: they let footage of their secret plan get out too early, hence jump-starting the Christmas hysteria less than a week after Halloween.
I’m talking specifically about this video just posted to TMZ, in which those ageless androgynes sing a brand new Christmas song in front of Cinderella’s castle in Disneyland on a lovely 94 degree day. It’s unclear whether or not the footage was authorized, and I realize you need to start preparing now if you want to release a Christmas special by Christmas, but it doesn’t matter: its net effect is to make me annoyed at the Backstreet Boys. Hence, I say their plan is “back”-firing.
Look, I love Christmas as much as the next secular Jew, but there’s a time and a place to start it up. I just made my peace with the fact that it’ll be winter soon. Allow me to sit shiva for summer a little longer before launching into full-on Christmas mode, or I am not going to buy your comeback album. (Yes, I was thinking about it.)
Am I being too hard on the Backstreet Boys for factors that might have been out of their control? Perhaps. But if no one fights against early Christmas-itis, soon we’ll be drinking egg nog in August, and I don’t think anyone wants that.