Van Halen's particular request to be greeted with bowls of M&M's with the brown ones taken out is notorious as it is peculiar. I say notorious, because for my entire life, it was this exact example that was used by those around me to vilify and ridicule the kinds of gaudy, senseless excess enjoyed by celebrities in our time. No class, no empathy - I was told. Then I randomly stumbled upon the following paragraph today in a profile of Pete Wells, the infamous Times food critic:
Lesson learned. Context is everything and Van Halen still rules.