After watching tonight’s ‘American Idol’ I am disgusted to be an American. I believe the look on everyone’s face on the program showed clearly their disgust as well, even those fortunate to move on despite their lack of talent. While Diana DeGarmo and George Huff had a good performance this week, the others in no way deserved to be above Fantasia Barrino, La Toya London, or the person voted off this week – Jennifer Hudson. It seems African Americans, notably African American women, are treated as second-class citizens by viewers of the program, something we first witnessed the first season when Tamyra Gray was only able to finish fourth, when only Kelly Clarkson was reasonably her equal.
Hopefully seeing three African American women side-by-side, who all were head and shoulders above the other contestants, will be a slap in the face to what I hope is a majority of viewers who don’t watch the program through a prism of race, and convince them to be more objective based on actual talent in the coming weeks.
Too bad none of the contestants or judges (though Randy Jackson came close) was willing to call out America on their blatant move to vote on racial preference.
Jon Peter Lewis Talks About Leaving ‘Idol’
April 19, 2004 – Ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Jon Peter tells ‘Entertainment Tonight’ he actually had a clue as to his departure when the stage manager turned around and said, “Whoever is leaving, have fun.” Since John Stevens’ song was a ballad, Jon Peter began to expect it was going to be him. “Everybody is teary after the show,” he said. “Fantasia has cried every time somebody leaves. They have to do a photo shoot right after and every week everybody is sobbing. I didn’t want that for me. I went backstage and said, ‘No tears.’ Still, Fantasia got this look in her eyes.”
The Main Difference Between Bush And ‘American Idol’
April 16, 2004 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “I’m sure you know by now, ‘American Idol’ was preempted by President Bush’s press conference. You know the difference between President Bush and ‘American Idol’? See on ‘American Idol’, the one with the most votes wins.”